The Round Up: 2020’s hottest—and weirdest—Coconuts Manila stories

Photos from Clint Bondad/FB; Philippine National Police; and Francis Leo Marcos/FB
Photos from Clint Bondad/FB; Philippine National Police; and Francis Leo Marcos/FB

No one is going to miss the year 2020. Most Filipinos will remember it for a raging pandemic that crippled the country, which showcased the ineptitude of the Duterte government and led to the suffering of millions of Filipinos who have lost their livelihoods.

And yet many of our articles that have attracted the most attention from our readers have nothing to do with COVID-19. People were interested in food and showbiz scandals, although they were also concerned about the worsening human rights situation in the Philippines. Here, we look back at the stories that grabbed people’s attention this year, one of the most tumultuous in recent memory.

RIP Champ: Jollibee phases out two large, iconic meals

Photo: Jollibee

Fastfood giant Jollibee phases out the Champ and its Burger Steak meal, only to bring it back later this year.

Woman dies after receiving skin whitening injection at Manila spa

Image for illustrative purposes only. Photo: Pixabay
Image for illustrative purposes only. Photo: Pixabay

A 33-year-old restaurant manager died after allegedly receiving glutathione injections in a Sampaloc, Manila spa.

NBI arrests businessman, controversial YouTuber Francis Leo Marcos

Photo: Francis Leo Marcos/FB
Photo: Francis Leo Marcos/FB

Businessman and controversial YouTube star Francis Leo Marcos was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for allegedly violating Republic Act 8050, also known as — wait for it — the Optometry Law.

‘Photo is fake’: Former Miss Universe Catriona Gray decries alleged nude pic of herself

Photo: Catriona Gray/FB
Photo: Catriona Gray/FB

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray denied that a topless photo of herself was real, and stressed that the picture was edited by unknown perpetrators.

Catriona Gray goes after persons who allegedly uploaded fake nude photo online

Photo: Catriona Gray/FB
Photo: Catriona Gray/FB

Gray appeared at the NBI’s office in Manila to file a complaint against the persons who allegedly leaked her fake nude photo online.

Clint Bondad’s cryptic posts about Miss Universe Catriona Gray has Pinoys worried

Photo: Clint Bondad/FB
Photo: Clint Bondad/FB

Model (and Gray’s ex-boyfriend) Clint Bondad got a ton of people worried early this year when he posted a series of cryptic messages on social media.

Got tea? This Thai-inspired beverage shop in Manila has an interesting proposition

Photo: Dew Thai Milk Tea Shop / FB
Photo: Dew Thai Milk Tea Shop / FB

This milk tea shop’s curious-looking logo scandalized the people of Tondo — and beyond.

Zoom Meeting Gone Wrong: Captain and staff resign after caught having sex during call

Photo: Unsplash
Photo: Unsplash

A village captain from Cavite was caught having sex with his treasurer in an online conference call.

Pinoys rally to #CancelKorea after Fil-Am influencer Bella Poarch called ‘short and uneducated’

Photo: Bella Poarch/IG
Photo: Bella Poarch/IG

Filipino-American influencer Bella Poarch drew hateful comments from some South Koreans who called Pinoys “short and uneducated” because she was sporting an offensive Japanese rising sun flag tattoo.

#EndPoliceBrutality: Cop surrenders after killing unarmed mother and son in Tarlac

Photo: Philippine National Police
Photo: Philippine National Police

A Parañaque City cop named Jonel Nuezca was caught on camera shooting to death his unarmed neighbors, which critics said was proof that a culture of impunity has taken root at the Philippine National Police.

 

 

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