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GNP Yearender: Top 10 Triumphs by Filipinos

We saw triumphs and successes of Filipinos in the Philippines and around the world marking the year of 2018.

GoodNewsPilipinas.com recalls the year’s top stories of Filipino achievements that made us proud as a nation.

In the victory list are a Philippine commission securing recognition for its efforts to save a waterway, a young tennis star winning successive tournaments, universities getting into top world ranking, a new MMA champion, a broadcast journalist bagging international awards, a TV star winning recognition for a docufilm, the 2nd Philippine-made microsat launched into space, a boxing champ winning a new belt, Philippine islands voted best in the world, and the Philippines 4th Miss Universe crown.

These top stories prove that where there are Filipinos, excellence abounds.

Here are the GNP Top 10 Stories of Triumphs achieved by Filipinos:

Pasig River hailed 1st Asia Riverprize champion for reviving waterway

Photo credit: Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission Facebook Page

Filipinos took pride in having the Pasig River rehabilitation project awarded the 1st Asia Riverprize, the world’s foremost award in river basin management. The International Riversymposium Riverprize for environmental excellence was received by the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission in ceremonies held in October.

Read the full story here.

Pinay 12-year old is international tennis champ in France

Photo credit: Alex Eala

The year started with an impressive win by teenage tennis champion Alex Eala at the Les Petits As-Le Mondial Lacoste Girls Singles Championship Match in Tarbes, France. Eala continued throughout the year to make Filipinos proud with her legacy in international sports history after winning successive tournaments in 2018.

Read the full story here.

UP and La Salle only PHL schools in World University Rankings 2019

Photo credit: THE World University Rankings

Educational institutions in the Philippines gained world recognition in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE WUR) 2019 edition released in December. The University of the Philippines improved its standing to the top 600 schools, and De La Salle University entered the list in the top 1000 higher education institutions across the globe.

Read the full story here.

New MMA world champion Joshua Pacio dedicates win to Ompong-stricken Cordillerans

Photo credit: Joshua Pacio Facebook Page

A new Filipino Mixed Martial Arts world champion emerged as Joshua “The Passion” Pacio won the ONE Championship Strawweight belt in September. Pacio dedicated his win to the Igorots and Cordillera people who had suffered damages brought by typhoon Ompong.

Read the full story here.

Atom Araullo documentaries bag 2 golds at U.S. International Film & Video Festival

Photo Credit: Atom Araullo Facebook Page

In June, broadcast journalist Atom Araullo brought home 2 Gold Camera medals from the prestigious U.S. International Film & Video Festival — one for his first GMA Network documentary special, Philippine Seas, which uncovered the wonders and threats surrounding the world-renowned center of marine biodiversity found in the Philippines, and another for an I-Witness documentary on Rohingya refugees titled “Silang Kinalimutan (The Forgotten).”

Read the full story here.

Alden Richards’ Alaala brings home Gold Camera Award

Photo credit: GMA Public Affairs YouTube

Alden Richards’ “Alaala” won the Gold Camera Award from the 50th US International Film and Video Festival.

The GMA Network production bannered by Richards who played the role of Martial Law survivor Bonifacio Ilagan, won in the docudrama category of the international tilt.

Read the full story here.

Alden Richards’ Alaala brings home Gold Camera Award

Diwata 2 Microsat ready for lift-off end of October

Photo credit: PHL Microsat

Filipino scientists sent the second Philippine-developed microsatellite into outer space in October. Diwata-2 was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan via H-IIA F40 rocket.

Read the full story here.

Manny Pacquiao is World Champion again at 39 after scintillating KO victory

Photo Credit: Manny Pacquiao Fights Facebook

Filipinos around the world rejoiced when international boxing legend Manny Pacquiao added another belt to his 8 weight divisions titles by stopping Argentinian champion Lucas Matthysse to capture the WBA Welterweight Championship in July.

Read the full story here.

Siargao, Boracay & Palawan voted Top 3 Best Islands in Asia

Photo credit: Conde Nast Traveler

World travelers once again gave top marks to Philippine islands in the “The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards” released in October. Siargao, Boracay, and Palawan were voted the top 3 best islands in Asia.

Read the full story here.

Catriona Gray gifts the Philippines 4th Miss Universe crown, advocates positivity

Photo credit: Miss Universe Facebook Page

The Filipino people received a Christmas gift from Catriona Gray when she won the 2018 Miss Universe crown. The Filipina beauty queen bested 93 other contestants to bring home the country’s fourth title in the world’s most popular pageant.

Read the full story here.


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