In a year of unexpected twists and turns, it’s no piece of cake to put 2018 in a nutshell. We saw long lines for the biggest jackpot prize in the country’s lotto history, witnessed a milestone in Miss Universe with its first-ever transgender contestant, let out screams of joy for Catriona Gray when she bagged the much-coveted crown in the same tilt, and even got triggeredt by a junior high student who was seen bullying his schoolmate in a video that set social media abuzz. Meanwhile, in the world of politics, we were left shookt when former president Gloria Arroyo was named House Speaker and former first lady Imelda Marcos was found guilty of graft. All of this happened with celebrity deaths and natural disasters in between.
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In the gallery above, we give you a look back at these noteworthy stories that unfolded in 2018—a time filled with excitement, drama, change, success, and more.
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Photographs taken from the subjects' Instagram accounts, Antara Foto/HO-Susi Air/via Reuters, Jorge Silva of Reuters, Jonathan Cellona of ABS-CBN News, and Noel Celis (AFP)