2015 Year Highlights in Review By : Manny Diel

The Year 2015 has been outstanding and controversial for the Philippines in Australia and in the world stage .
CYRUS VILLANUEVA , a 19 year old Filipino Aussie from Wollongong , New South Wales top them all by winning X Factor Australia 2015. Cyrus’ father, Joe Villanueva came from Cotabato City . Another young 15 year old Marlisa Punzalan won that competition last year.
Another youngster from Sydney , YLONA GARCIA was runner-up of Teen Big Brother in the Philippines
The Birthday of the Year at Darling Harbour is Linda Bishop with Dancing with Stars Chamions Performing.
MO Award goes to Brian Lorenz for J.O.K. Encouragement Award
On 20 December 2015 MISS PIA ALONZO WURTZBACH , Binibining Pilipinas 2015 was crowned MISS UNIVERSE 2015 at Planet Hollywood Resorts and Casino in Las Vegas ,USA, the third Filipina to win the Miss Universe Crown , Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973.
The other winners were Angelia Ong - Miss Earth , Ann Colis - Miss Globe and Trixie Maristela – Miss International Queen.
The State and Pastoral Papal Visit to the Philippines by POPE FRANCIS in 15 to 19 January this year including the visit to the victims of Super Typhoon Hiayan .
25 January : 44 Members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force were killed after a clash took place in Tukalinapao, Maguindanao against armed fighters including those from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front ;
26 January – The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee cited Makati Mayor JunJn Binay and five others in contempt and are now facing arrest due to the alleged continued snub of Binay and other Makati officials.
11 May : The Court of Appeals has frozen 242 bank accounts and insurance policies belonging to Vice President Jejomar Binay , some members of his family and close associates, who are suspected of being his dummies.
8 September : 8 September - President Aquino has announced the appointment of former Liberal Party Secretary General Mel Senen Sarmiento as the Secretary of Interior and Local Government replacing Mar Roxas.
18 – 19 November: The Philippines hosted 18-19 APEC Meeting held in Manila attended by Presidents and Prime Minsters like Barack Obama, Malcolm Turnbull .
The announcement of the following Presidential Aspirants , Poe, Duterte, Binay , Roxas and Santiago with disqualification proceedings are under way.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL !!!!!!!!

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