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#InquirerSeven Most heartwarming stories of 2015

/ 09:40 AM December 25, 2015

Every end of December, INQUIRER.net compiles 49 of the most compelling stories and issues and groups them into seven key lists that encapsulate the year that’s been. The year 2015 in particular saw the Philippines thrust further into the global stage, whether for reasons good–”Heneral Luna,” COP21 and Miss Universe–or bad–Mamasapano, #APECtado and lumad kilings.

The second of the yearend series lists the seven most heartwarming stories of the year, from Pope Francis’ inspiring visit to the Philippines in January to the power of technology to help students in their education.

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The Inquirer #BestofSeven for 2015 runs from December 24 to 30. Check out the rest of the lists here or by clicking the image at the end of this article.


Pope Francis in PH

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1. Pope Francis touches hearts in Philippines

Pope Francis visited the predominantly Catholic Philippines in January, touching the hearts of millions of Filipinos with his message of mercy and compassion. The Argentine pontiff, known as a “Pope of Surprises,” broke protocol with unscripted speeches and unplanned stopovers throughout his five-day visit, the third Pope after Popes Paul VI and John Paul II.

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Pope Francis breaks protocol on his way out of Manila Cathedral

Pope Francis ‘very moved’ in visit to street children

Girl asks Pope: Why does God allow bad things to happen children?

Lisa Macuja speech

2. Lisa Macuja speech will be remembered for a long time

The Philippines’ prima ballerina took the stage and drew praises in March after delivering an inspiring speech before graduates of Ateneo de Manila University’s School of Humanities and John Gokongwei School of Management. The commencement speech made waves online, connecting with the young and old alike. Macuja, who admitted that she did not have a college diploma, shared her journey to international success and talked about breathing dreams like oxygen.

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A speech that will be ‘remembered for a long, long time’

Celebrity babies baby fever

3. Celebs bring new life into the world

News reports of a new life coming into the world have always been heartwarming, and this year was nothing short of that. Among the celebrities who gave birth in 2015 were Marian Rivera, Bianca Gonzalez, and Empress Schuck. In late November, fans eagerly awaited the birth of Rivera’s first child with actor Dingdong Dantes, Maria Letizia, whose photo was disclosed to the public a week after. (OK)

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Marian Rivera gives birth to first child Maria Letizia

Bianca Gonzalez gives birth to baby girl

Empress Schuck gives birth to baby girl

Love Wins same-sex gay marriage

4. ‘Love wins’: Gay marriage legalized in US

Love ‘won’ in the United States in June when its Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 36 states and the District of Columbia, and that gay marriage was no longer banned in 14 states. “No union is more profound than marriage,” Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion. The landmark ruling heartened gender advocates and the LGBT community worldwide. leaving Filipinos wondering if same-sex marriage could also be legalized in the predominantly Catholic Philippines.

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US Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

Q&A: What US Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling means

Same-sex marriage legalization in US spurs SC into action

Cebu street kid helped by netizens social media

5. Netizens help Cebu street child achieve dreams

A photo of 9-year-old Daniel Cabrera doing his homework on a sidewalk near a McDonald’s parking lot in Mandaue city, Cebu went viral in June. After the picture spread all over the Internet, donations such as books, school supplies, and a toy police car started pouring in for the boy, who dreams of becoming a policeman and his family’s “superhero” someday.

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A ‘superhero’ dream for homeless boy

Tourists give solar lamps to Cebu school of boy-in-viral-photo

10 street children get share of Daniel’s foreign donations

Mai-Mai Facebook Internet.org

6. Facebook brings Mai-Mai out of poverty

A video uploaded by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg about 24-year-old Riza Mae “Mai Mai” Tachado from Antique province went viral in October. The video featured how the free Facebook online app Internet.org aided Mai Mai’s schooling and helped her earn a diploma in computer science.

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Zuckerberg video on Mai-Mai goes viral

Antique island woman earns diploma through Internet.org

‘I still cannot believe it,’ says Antique native in Internet.org video

World leaders celebrities visit Philippines

7. Celebs, A-listers, world leaders visit PH in 2015

The Philippines hosted a bevy of world leaders, A-list celebrities and high-profile personalities throughout 2015. Among them were French President Francois Hollande, US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinpin; actresses winner Marion Cotillard, actress Margot Robbie and Melanie Laurent; singers Sam Smith and Ariana Grande, and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.

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France’s Hollande, Cotillard, and Laurent’s PH visit in photos

‘Suicide Squad’ star Margot Robbie finds ‘heaven’ in El Nido

Anthony Bourdain spotted at Jollibee

Did we miss any other heartwarming stories? Share with us your thoughts!

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