Typhoon and 'tsunami walk' lady trend in PH

1. NBA Finals

After a thrilling, back-and-forth, and largely unpredictable NBA Finals that went the distance to a Game 7, LeBron James and the Miami Heat are kings once again.

Credit Filipino-American coach Eric Spoelstra for breaking down the Xs and Os and steering the Heat to back-to-back titles against a championship-caliber squad in the San Antonio Spurs.

There can only be one NBA champion, but we think those who participated in the Finals, including the fans who witnessed a clash between NBA titans, ended up winners, too.

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2. Typhoon Emong

Gray clouds, rains, thunderstorms, flooding, and stress-inducing traffic, particularly in parts of Metro Manila, marked much of this week as Tropical Storm Emong made its way through the Philippines.

Although Pagasa maintains the storm has moved out of the Philippine area of responsibility on June 20, another low-pressure area strengthened into a tropical depression within hours after Emong's departure.

Meanwhile, top Pagasa official Nathaniel Servando resigned from his post to allegedly seek greener pastures as an OFW in Qatar, further exposing the litany of woes facing the weather bureau’s personnel.

Related article: Pagasa: New LPA spotted as 'Emong' moves away

3. Shamcey Supsup

Shamcey Supsup is luckier in love than fellow beauty queens Venus Raj and Janine Tugonon, both of whom are reeling from much-publicized breakups.

The 2011 Miss Universe third runner-up is now engaged to Filipino-Chinese Lloyd Lee, and the two are expected to wed on December 29.

Should we mark our calendars for a live, carefully orchestrated live-TV wedding, as is customary when showbiz personalities tie the knot?

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4. The Voice of the Philippines

With the blind auditions in full swing, ABS-CBN's “The Voice of the Philippines” is looking to make its voice heard in the local TV landscape (pun intended).

With Sarah Geronimo, Lea Salonga, Bamboo Mañalac, and the Black Eyed Peas' Apl.de.Ap as coaches, the reality singing competition sizzled in the ratings game. This is according to market research firms AGB Nielsen and Kantar Media.

Will it continue to be on top of the TV charts? Stay tuned.

Related article: The faces of 'The Voice of the Philippines'

5. M/V Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

An investigation is ongoing to determine what caused the sinking of the M/V Our Lady of Mt. Carmel roll-on roll-off or RORO vessel. It capsized despite navigating the calm waters off the coast of Burias Island, Masbate, on June 14.

Some survivors maintained that the ill-fated ferry's captain and crew abandoned the dozens of passengers without even giving them life jackets. Others described the ensuing evacuation as "chaotic."

The latest Philippine maritime disaster claimed two lives. Seven others remain missing.

Related article: 7 still missing in Philippines ferry sinking

6. Earthquake

A minor earthquake shook parts of Metro Manila and several Luzon provinces on June 19 at around 7:05 p.m.

The tectonic 4.7-magnitude quake originated about 40 kilometers northeast of Polillo Island in Quezon province and was largely felt in metropolitan areas like Quezon City, Makati City, Mandaluyong City, Muntinlupa City, and Taguig City, leaving residents rattled but causing no serious damage or casualties.

Related article: Earthquake strikes Quezon; shocks felt in metro

7. Gawad Urian

In keeping with the tradition of celebrating inspiring indie productions, the 36th Gawad Urian Awards awarded the best film plum to director-screenwriter Arnel Mardoquio for "Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim."

Other winners include Nora Aunor as best actress for "Thy Womb," Jericho Rosales as best actor for "Alagwa," and Benito Bautista for "Harana," which bagged the best documentary award.

Related article: Nora, Jericho lead 36th Urian Awards

8. Taylor Lautner

From Jacob Black (aka the world's most famous werewolf) of the romance-fantasy film franchise "Twilight" to global Benchsetter, Taylor Lautner has once again undergone a transformation. This time, the 21-year-old American actor/model is keeping his shirt(s) on as the newest endorser of Bench.

The clothing line is no stranger to collaborating with international celebrities, as is the current trend for local fashion brands. It has partnered with the likes of “American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, Hollywood celebrity Liam Hemsworth, and South Korean actors Lee Min-Ho and Dong Hae.

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9. Jose Rizal

June 19 marked the 152nd birth anniversary of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

In case you forgot…

- While in Dapitan, Rizal discovered new beetle, frog, and lizard species.
- His favorite breakfast food is “tuyo.”
- Rizal was a skilled ophthalmologist or eye specialist.
- He was also a polyglot, who mastered 22 languages and dialects, including Latin, Chinese, French, German, Greek, and Hebrew.
- Jose Rizal was a doctor, an athlete, an artist, a novelist, and a revolutionary. He was also a lover, who was linked to at least nine women.

Related article: All the girls Rizal loved before

10. Philippine Stock Exchange

Following speculations that the U.S. Federal Reserve is preparing to wind down its stimulus policies later this year, the Philippine Stock Exchange index dipped by 2.86% and the peso closed at 43.76 per U.S. dollar on June 21.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas executives still remain optimistic about the Philippines' fiscal position, saying the peso will likely remain strong amidst global developments.

However, analysts expect the market's downward trend to continue till next week.

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