By Patricia Matalog and Chandral Selim
2019 wouldn't be complete without all the engagements, huge announcements, and record-breaking milestones that made headlines.
And today, the Star Cinema’s Digital Editorial Team looks back at some of the biggest ones that truly captured the hearts of netizens:
Anne Curtis announces her pregnancy!
Anne Curtis and her husband Erwan Heussaff broke the internet when they publicly announced that they were expecting their first child together. The couple had kept the pregnancy a secret for months and then, out of nowhere, they posted this:
Our world fully exploded.
Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Guidicelli get engaged
Speaking of world-ending events, Sarah and Matteo announced that they were getting married this year. A few days later, they revealed that they’ve been engaged for a whole 12 months before they breathed a word of it in public.
When Matteo posted this photo, people literally started screaming.
Angel Locsin and Neil Arce announced their engagement!
It’s the year of engagements!
Angel is making an honest man out of her her best friend-turned-boyfriend Neil, making her living proof that the friends to lovers trope is indeed possible in real life.
Happy endings all around!
Vice Ganda and Ion Perez went public with their relationship
After months and months of speculation, Vice Ganda finally publicized his relationship with his “It’s Showtime” co-host. It’s been met with positivity and support, especially from the comedian’s fans, who are happy to see him so in love!
“Hello, Love, Goodbye” made history!
Not only did this Cathy Garcia-Molina movie feature the groundbreaking team up of Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards, it went on to make actual history by almost hitting the 1 billion mark in box office sales. It is now the highest grossing Filipino film of all time!
“It’s Showtime” is 10 years-old!
Our favorite noontime variety show celebrated its 10th year on-air! To mark this extra special milestone, Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis teamed up for their very first movie collaboration, “The Mall, The Merrier.”
The movie was Star Cinema’s official entry to the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival!
Star Cinema movies finally made it on Netflix!
For fans of local movies, Star Cinema’s move into the streaming service was a godsend.
Angel Locsin’s inclusion on Forbes’ Heroes of Philanthropy
We’ve always known she was an Angel on Earth, but Angel’s inclusion in Forbes’ list of top philanthropists of Asia publicized just how much help she extends to those in need, especially in the Mindanao region.
Liza Soberano pulls out of the “Darna” reboot
Perhaps one of the saddest stories of this year was Liza’s withdrawal from Jerrold Tarog’s upcoming “Darna” reboot due to a finger injury. The actress announced her decision in an emotional interview with ABS-CBN News.
She took a short leave afterwards to seek treatment in the United States and had to undergo multiple surgeries before she was allowed to go back home in the Philippines.
Jane de Leon is the new Darna!
After a long and rigorous audition process, Jane de Leon landed the role of Darna. She was the “unanimous choice” from a pool of more than 200 talented actresses.
11. James Reid and Momoland’s Nancy McDonie team up for a series!
After Momoland signed a contract with ABS-CBN, one of the girl group’s members Nancy McDonie was also revealed to be teaming up with James Reid for a television show! Their series will follow a K-drama format with only 13 episodes.
12. John Lloyd Cruz and Ellen Adarna celebrate Baby Elias’ first birthday!
Elias Modestro Cruz has turned one last June, and his birthday bash made noise in the online world!
13. The rise of internet stars, You Do Note and Mimiyuuuh!
2019 gave birth to the internet stars like You Do Note girl or Majo Lingat in real-life, after making an iconic ~cover~ of a “Kadenang Ginto” scene.
Meanwhile, Mimiyuuuh stole the hearts of everyone with her iconic “Dalagang Pilipina” challenge as well as her dance cover of This Band's "Kahit Ayaw Mo Na."
14. The viral Daniela Mondragon memes!
“Kadenang Ginto” started airing late last year, but it was in 2019 when the afternoon series became a true internet favorite. It even became the source of viral memes all thanks to Dimples Romana’s character Daniela Mondragon.
15. The “PBB Otso” scandals
“Pinoy Big Brother’s” eighth season brought some of the most scandalous moments on TV. The controversial kiss of Lou Yanong and Andre Brouilette, the rape joke made by Banjo Dangalan, and the on-screen romance of Karina Bautista and Aljon Mendoza made headlines this year.
16. Bea Alonzo and her inspiring and dignified way of moving on
2019 may have been a challenging year for Bea Alonzo because she went through a breakup, but it also brought the best side of her. She unleashed her artsy side through visual poetry, she explored the world more, and finally returned to vlogging!
17. “Isa Pa With Feelings” happened!
ABS-CBN Films, Black Sheep made a Carlo Aquino and Maine Mendoza team-up happen, and their movie received a very warm welcome from their fans and netizens alike!
18. The much-awaited John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo reunion!
John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo finally reunited, and although it wasn’t for a movie or a television series, ouR hearts were so happy to see them together!
19. Julia Montes returns to Philippines!
Our beloved Julia Montes finally returned to the country, and has even been more active on social media for the past year.
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