2018 has been an eventful year as far as local showbiz is concern. From celebrity breakups to “I do’s,” from the untimely deaths to celebrated pregnancies, a lot happened in tinsel town the past twelve months.
As we welcome the “Year of the Pig” (2019), let’s take a look at some of the most talked-about stories and events that happened the past year.
Catriona Gray’s win as Miss Universe. For Filipinos around the world, this is the best way to end the year on a positive note in an era where fake news continues to proliferate. Her foray into the world of pageantry began in 1999 when she won “Little Miss Philippines” in Sydney at the age of five. She’s the first Filipina beauty queen to represent the country in two major international pageantry, Miss World 2016 (where she landed in Top 5), and Miss Universe 2018.
Kathniel’s unmatched box office record. Their movie The Hows of Us holds the record of the first Filipino film to breach the ₱600 million mark locally making it the highest Pinoy film of all time. Even industry observers say that the 2018 MMFF top-grosser would find it hard to match its record.
Ellen Adarna and John Lloyd Cruz’s love affair. Since their drunk videos surfaced in social media, actors John Lloyd Cruz and Ellen Adarna became the most followed celebrities among paparazzi. Although they did not admit the real status of their relationship, they were not spared from public scrunity. Of late, the couple and their baby, Elias Modesto, have remained as private as possible, and they live away from the limelight.
Kris Aquino’s cameo appearance in a Hollywood film. The former Presidential daughter’s name is synonymous to controversy. She made a splash anew when she appeared in Hollywood blockbuster film Crazy Rich Asians. Her legal battle against former business associate Nicko Falcis, whom she sued (44 counts of qualified theft) remains unresolved as of this writing.
Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s first KO win in nearly a decade. Pacquiao is back as world champion when he defeated boxing opponent Lucas Matthyse in the WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion bout in the Fight of Champions at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July. It took Pacquiao nine years to finally score a KO win again. His last KO was his fight with Miguel Cotto back in 2009.
The tweet war between Darren Espanto and JK Labajo The two, who both catapulted to stardom following their stint in the singing competition The Voice in 2014, got embroiled in a controversy that stirred the minds of the netizens. There were different theories on the root of JK’s “gayness at its finest” allegedly alluding to Darren’s sexuality.
Janella Salvador and her alleged abusive relationship with Elmo. In an exclusive interview with a major broadsheet, Janella admitted she experienced physical abuse from her love team partner and rumored boyfriend, Elmo Magalona. According to her, the abuse happened twice. The young actress decided to speak up because Elmo failed to issue a public statement where he was supposed to admit that he physically hurt her. Until now, Elmo is mummed about the issue.
Gretchen Fullido’s sexual harassment case. ABS-CBN anchor and reporter, Fullido filed a case against two Kapamilya executives and Ces Drilon last October 5. She accused Drilon of victim-shaming after she was told that she deserved to be harassed since she is “willing to wear a bikini with an inflatable pool with bubbles to shove up the ratings of TV Patrol.”
Sarah Geronimo’s controversial breakdown scene in her concert The Popstar Royalty broke down during her This 15 Me concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. Speculations ran wild that she’s about to admit the cause of her breakdown. She was, however, prevented to so, when allegedly her mom, Mommy Divine stopped the taping during her guesting on the Gandang Gabi Vice to promote her latest movie, Miss Granny.
The nudists in Aubrey Miles and Troy Montero. Their much-talked about nude photoshoot sizzled up the social media not only once but twice, first in Batangas and second in Palawan.
Cesar Montano’s viral video with a mystery woman. Actor Cesar Montano drew controversy when an unidentified naked woman stepped into the frame while doing his birthday video greeting. Netizens speculate that the mystery girl is Montano’s current girlfriend.
Mark Bautista’s coming-out. Singer-actor Bautista came out with a juicy ‘blind’ item that keep everyone guessing. His engaging memoir, Beyond the Mark, tells about his sexuality and past (gay) relationships. Allegations also came out that the male friend he was talking about in his biography was a popular Kapamilya actor.
Showbiz deaths. The untimely demise of Direk Maryo J. de los Reyes, Rico J. Puno, Bernardo Bernardo, Spanky Manikan, Mely Tagasa, Napoleon Abueva, Rolly Quizon, Pitoy Moreno.
Showbiz pregnancies Marian Rivera’s second baby to hubby Dingdong Dantes, LJ Reyes’ baby to live-in partner Paolo Contis, Miriam Quiambao’s first baby to Christian motivational speaker and author Roberto “Ardy” Roberto, former Sexbomb member Rochelle Pangilinan’s first baby to Kapuso actor Arthur Solinap, Kapuso actress Rich Asuncion’s first baby to businessman Benjamin Mudie, and former Starstruck avenger Nadine Samonte’s second child to entrepreneur Richard Chua.