Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Top 7 Moments of 2013

Heto na lang ang year-beginning post ko from Ensogo Living Social:

Hello Loyal Friends,

2013 has truly been an eventful year! And to cap off the year, we've decided to share with you LivingSocial's Top 7 Moments of 2013. Let's look back and reflect on the things that left an impact on us that made 2013 a challenging but crazy ride that we hope made us stronger and wiser. Here goes:
7. Meteorite Explosion in Russia – On a seemingly normal day of February 15, 2013 a meteorite exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Studies reveal it was 30 times brighter than the sun and the explosion was as strong as 400,000 tonnes of TNT. According to researchers, the meteor crash is the largest in a century.
6. Batkid, the little Superhero – Last November 15, 2013, a 5-year-old leukemia patient was surprised by Make-A-Wish Foundation. They fulfilled his dream of becoming Batkid through a citywide production complete with a Batmobile and Batman himself as his partner. San Francisco was Gotham City for a day. The touching event brought so much joy to this little boy and brought San Francisco together as well.
5. Miley Cyrus – It was obvious that Miley Cyrus wanted to let go of the Hannah Montana image more so this year, and she definitely succeeded when she performed with Robin Thicke at the 2013 Video Music Awards last August 25, 2013. She twerked, had her tongue out and did some dirty dancing on Thicke. The most memorable part is how co-celebrities reacted to this jaw-dropping performance especially with the negative tweets. The Disney darling definitely shocked many.
4. Syria’s Civil War - On the morning of August 21, 2013 there were gas attack reports from a Damascus suburb. This 2-year ongoing civil war already cost 100,000 lives and a large refugee crisis. CNN showed videos of dead women and children which stunned and saddened the world. 2 weeks later, an intelligence report was made public that link Syrian President Bashar Assad firing weapons that killed at least 1,429 people which Assad and his allies denies. This did not stop President Barack Obama from stepping in and getting authorization from the Congress to strike Syrian chemical weapons installations.
3. The Bangladesh Factory Disaster – On April 24, 2013 one of the worst industrial disasters in the world happened in Bangladesh. Rana Plaza, a building located in the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka collapsed and killed over 1,100 workers. It exposed the poor conditions of the four million people employed in that factory. The disaster encouraged discussion of major reform acts for both local and global factories that supply major retailers in Europe and America.
2. New Pope, Francis - Habemus papam! A new pope was announced on March 13, 2013. We call him Pope Francis as he is an advocate of the poor like Saint Francis of Assisi . He is an Argentine cleric named Jorge Bergoglio. He replaced Pope Benedict XVI who resigned from the office because of his old age. Pope Francis is named TIME Magazine’s 2013 man of the year. As Pope, he has since shaken things up, spearheading financial reform within the Vatican, challenging traditional Church views on homosexuality and women, and denouncing the rapacious nature of Western capitalism according to TIME.
1. Supertyphoon Yolanda – On a Saturday, November 9, 2013 Yolanda hit the Philippines with wind speeds that reached up to 170 mph, this was 20 mph faster than Hurricane Katrina. It smashed central Philippines and the coastal city of Tacloban. More than 5,000 people were killed and left 2 million people homeless. It was the strongest typhoon ever recorded in the world.
Thank your for going on this journey with us and trust that we will always be the friend who knows the funnest and most exciting things to do in the city! Cheers to an adventure-filled 2014! Through thick and thin, we will always add surprise to your 2014 calendar!

Your local adventure-guide,
The LivingSocial Family

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