The Year That Was

Sunday, January 3, 2010 ·

We are now in 2010, and so let me thank you for the year that was 2009.

Siyetehan was birthed out in March last year, and I am very grateful to all of you who gave their time to visit, read, react, comment, and maki-siyete in my various posts.

Incidentally, the year 2009 shared unto us such remarkable and unforgettable moments here in the Philippines and even in the whole world; thus it gave us more reasons to talk together and discuss together.

On Politics:

Particularly amusing (and this gave me more than 2 posts to discuss) is President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's plan to run for Congress in the coming elections. Thus, Arroyo made another monumental move as she will be the first president to run for a lower position (we have yet to see this May 2010 if she stays in power as representative of Pampanga).

The year 2009 also showed us who are running (and who are withdrawing) for President on 2010. We are witnesses of the return of Erap in Politics, Bro. Eddie still running despite his loss n the previous election, Jojo Binay and Mar Roxas wanting to run but decided to step down for the Vice Presidential race instead, Noynoy finally running after his so-called spiritual retreat, the unpopular Gibo Teodoro being the Administration's standard-bearer, Manny Villar and Jamby Madrigal trying to give it a shot, and Chiz Escudero withdrawing from the limelight.

Controversies, issues and calamities also contaminated the nation.

There is the still questionable Automated Polls, The Boyet Fajardo and the Chip Tsao Discrimination issues, The Influenza A(H1N1) Virus, The Hayden Kho Sex Scandals, Arroyo's breast surgery, Arroyo's controversial dinners in the US, the Con-Ass, and the Ondoy and Pepeng calamities that brought so much loss and damage in the entire nation.

But despite the trials, problems, issues and controversies, we have, time and again, proven that the Filipino still rises and triumphs in his own special way.

Our very own Gina Pareno wins in the Asian Film awards; Manny Pacquiao dethroning Hatton, Dela Hoya and Cotto; and our ability to fight of the Influenza Virus, and our capacity to survive and overcome the tragedies caused by the Ondoy and Pepeng calamities.

We are really in exciting times. And we could just be more expectant of the things that are about to happen in the future.

As Filipinos, we can make it!

It is my prayer that we will have more talks and discussions this year and in the coming years ahead.

Happy Siyetehan.


For the top 10 News Stories in 2009, kindly visit this news clippings from

You might also like my Top 5 Celebrities of 2009 post.


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