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Objects in the rearview mirror may appear closer than they are in 2017 as this year-ender recap shows. Do you remember?

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It was a rollercoaster ride for some of our favorite celebrities in the year just on its way out.

(Clockwise): Sarah Geronimo, Piolo Pascual, Gary Valenciano, Nadine Lustre, and James Reid (mb.com.ph)

(Clockwise): Sarah Geronimo, Piolo Pascual, Gary Valenciano, Nadine Lustre, and James Reid

The passing of several actors broke many people’s hearts, while hook-ups, weddings and breakups, as well as dating rumors and pregnancy gossip involving celebrities, caught many by surprise.

Achievements? As one line from a popular jingle goes, we’ve got it all for you too.

Everyone remembers the…

Achievers

Here are celebrity achievers who bagged local and international awards in 2017.

James Reid was named Best Southeast Asia Act Award at the MTV Europe Music Awards. On the other hand, his girlfriend Nadine Lustre earned Nickelodeon’s Favorite Pinoy Star trophy.

Fellow Viva Artist Sarah Geronimo clinched the Best Filipino act plum at this year’s Daf BAMA Music Awards.

Gabby Concepcion won the Asian Star Prize at the 12th Seoul International Drama for his outstanding performance on the day-time drama show “Ika-6 Na Utos.”

His co-stars Sunshine Dizon and Ryza Cenon likewise received awards. Sunshine won the Most Outstanding Filipina Actress in Television at the 2017 Gawad Amerika Awards, while Ryza bagged the Best Supporting Actress trophy at the OFW Gawad Parangal.

Piolo Pascual was named among 10 Asian Star: Up Next at the second International Film Festival and Awards Macao (IFFAM).

Meanwhile, “Ignacio De Loyola” the Filipino-produced film about the life of the founder of the Society of Jesus, was awarded Best Film at the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival in Vatican City, making it the first Filipino film to win the prestigious award.

It was also a good year for Pinay beauty queens, with Elizabeth Clenci ending up as second runner-up at the Miss Grand International pageant. Nelda Ibe, on the other hand, took home the first runner-up crown at the Miss Globe competition.

Medical Physicist Karen Ibasco was named Miss Earth 2017. Kapuso star Winwyn Marquez won the Reina Hispanoamericana.

Darren won Album of the Year at MOR Pinoy Music Awards 2017.

Robi Domingo, Alex Calleja and Joel Lamangan were named Best Male Host, Best Standup Comedian and Best Stage Director, respectively at the 2017 Aliw Awards.

Paolo Ballesteros and Vilma Santos bagged the top acting plums at the first-ever The Eddys Awards. The Best Director trophy went to Lav Diaz for his film “Ang Babaeng Humayo” which won as Best Film.

Marian Rivera won Best Actress while Daniel Padilla took home the Best Actor trophy at the 33rd PMPC Star Awards for Movies. He was also named Best Actor at the 65th FAMAS Awards.

At the annual Cinemalaya Film Festival, Noel Camio Jr, a first timer in the competition, landed this year’s Best Actor award for his performance in “Kiko Boksingero.” Indie film veteran Angeli Bayani was victor as this year’s Best Actress for her performance in “Bagahe.”

More, Derek Ramsay and Joanna Ampil bagged the Best Actor and Actress trophies, respectively, at the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Gabi Ng Parangal.

Derek is part of the film “All Of You” while Joanna is Candida in “Ang Larawan,” which also bagged the Best Picture plum.
The Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards went to Edgar Allan Guzman for “Deadma Walking” and Jasmine Curtis-Smith for “Siargao.”

Splitsville

And now the downside: 2017 was also a year of heartbreaks.

(Clockwise): Gretchen Ho and Robi Domingo, Erich Gonzales and Daniel Matsunaga, Ellen Adarna and Baste Duterte, and Badi del Rosario and Arci Muñoz (Photos from Instagram) /mb.com.ph

(Clockwise): Gretchen Ho and Robi Domingo, Erich Gonzales and Daniel Matsunaga, Ellen Adarna and Baste Duterte, and Badi del Rosario and Arci Muñoz (Photos from Instagram)

Among celebrity couples who joined the real-life Camp Sawi were Gretchen Ho and Robi Domingo.

It was in March when the two publicized their breakup on “Tonight With Boy Abunda” through a joint statement.

Robi had declared in succeeding interviews that he is open to the possibility of reconciling with her.

Though their relationship came to an end December 2016, it was only January this year when Arci Muñoz revealed she broke up with local rock artist Badi del Rosario.

The two were together for three years. Despite the split, Arci and Badi remain friends.

Fans of DanRich (Daniel Matsunaga and Erich Gonzales) expressed sadness when their idols parted ways last February.

The breakup was trailed by rumors, with some claiming financial troubles were a factor. There were also suggestions that a third party was involved, but both Erich and Daniel have repeatedly struck those talks down.

Bela Padilla and long-time boyfriend, businessman and film producer Neil Arce called it quits early this year. The actress said she and Neil continue to be good friends and that there is no bad blood between them. The two even worked together in the film “Love At First Sight.”

Bela is currently linked to Zanjoe Marudo while Neil is rumored to be in a relationship with Angel Locsin.

Perhaps one of the most controversial “breakups” was between Ellen Adarna and Presidential son Baste Duterte. After much speculation triggered by a photo of them kissing that leaked online early January, Ellen revealed they are no longer “together.”

These days, Ellen is in the arms of John Lloyd Cruz; himself, a controversy magnet in 2017 for a video that shows him supposedly pissed drunk, and another that, again, allegedly shows his…we’ll leave it at that.

Ellen and John Lloyd Cruz are believed to be expecting their first baby. Neither of the two has confirmed nor denied it.

I Do’s

Wedding bells rang for the stars many times in 2017.

(Clockwise): Erwan Heussaff and Anne Curtis, Ai Ai delas Alas and Gerald Sibayan, Hayden Kho and Vicki Belo with daughter Scarlet Snow (Instagram), Rochelle Pangilinan and Arthur Solinap (Photos from Nice Print Photography) /mb.com.ph

(Clockwise): Erwan Heussaff and Anne Curtis, Ai Ai delas Alas and Gerald Sibayan, Hayden Kho and Vicki Belo with daughter Scarlet Snow (Instagram), Rochelle Pangilinan and Arthur Solinap (Photos from Nice Print Photography)

Starting the year with a romantic wedding in Batangas were Camille Prats and VJ Yambao. It was the actress’ second wedding following the passing of her former husband Anthony Linsangan, who died of cancer in 2011. They have a son named Nathan.

Celebrity doctors Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho exchanged “I do’s” in a grand Paris wedding last September. It was the couple’s second wedding following a simple civil ceremony in June. The two have been together for more than 12 years and they have a daughter, two-year-old Scarlet Snow.

The Paris wedding, which reportedly cost about 80 million dollars, was attended by around 50 local celebrities, who dubbed the event as the “wedding of the year.”

After eight years of being together, Rochelle Pangilinan and Arthur Solinap tied the knot last August.

Rochelle and Arhur’s garden wedding was held at Las Arboles in Tagaytay. Among those present were the couple’s celebrity friends including Glaiza de Castro, Sunshine Dizon, Vic Sotto, Pauleen Luna, Hayden Kho, Gabby Eigenmann, Jolina Magdangal, Angelika dela Cruz, Gloc-9, and Arthur’s cousins Carlo Gonzalez and Dingdong Dantes.

Singer-actor Kean Cipriano and actress Chynna Ortaleza got married in a church ceremony last November, two years after their civil ceremony. The couple has a one-year-old daughter named Stellar.

Anne Curtis officially became Mrs. Heussaff last Nov. 13. She and boyfriend Erwan Heussaff exchanged “I do’s” in an intimate garden wedding in New Zealand.

Ai Ai Delas Alas ended the year with a bang. The 53-year-old comedian wed her boyfriend Gerald Sibayan last Dec. 12.
Their honeymoon would take place in Italy, a gift from TAPE Executive Tony Tuviera. She revealed they are planning to have babies right away.

(Clockwise): Isabel Granada (Instagram), Alfie Lorenzo, Donna Villa and Franco Hernandez (Instagram)/mb.com.ph

(Clockwise): Isabel Granada (Instagram), Alfie Lorenzo, Donna Villa and Franco Hernandez (Instagram)

Death

As we say goodbye to 2017, we remember the stars who had passed on and left their legacy in the entertainment industry behind.

Donna Villa, who, together with husband, filmmaker Carlo J. Caparas, brought to the silver screen true-to-life massacre movies, passed away January this year. She was 57.

Veteran talent manager Alfie Lorenzo, 78, died last August.

Directors Gil Portes and Soxie Topacio passed away May and July, respectively. Soxie was 65 while Gil was 71.

In August, the son of Randy Santiago, Ryan, died from complications arising from multiple sclerosis as per the family statement read.
Veteran actor Chinggoy Alonso passed away last Oct. 15 due to colon cancer. He was 67.

Actress Isabel Granada died Nov. 04. She was 41. She suffered from brain hemorrhage due to aneurysm.

Young Hashtags member Franco Hernandez Lumanlan drowned Nov. 11 in Davao Occidental. He was 26.

According to various reports, the police said he and his girlfriend along with another member of the boy group, Tom Doromal, where on their way back to North Lamidan on a motorized banca when a big wave hit the vessel causing Franco and the girl to fall off.

Hello, babies

Several celebrity babies made headlines this year.

(Clockwise): Kaye Abad and Paul Jake Castillo with their baby Joaquin (Instagram), Kylie Padilla and Aljur Abrenica with son Alas Joaquin, Pauleen Luna and baby Talitha, and Michelle Madrigal with her first baby with fiancée, Troy Woolfolk (Instagram) /mb.com.ph

(Clockwise): Kaye Abad and Paul Jake Castillo with their baby Joaquin (Instagram), Kylie Padilla and Aljur Abrenica with son Alas Joaquin, Pauleen Luna and baby Talitha, and Michelle Madrigal with her first baby with fiancée, Troy Woolfolk

Pia Guanio gave birth to her second child with non-showbiz, businessman husband Steve Mago last June. She named it Soleil Brooklyn, revealing she and Steve “fell in love” with that borough of New York City.

Actress Maricar De Mesa gave birth to a baby girl on July 18, about “four weeks” earlier than her expected date.

The “Pusong Ligaw” is on cloud nine over being a first time mom. She describes the feeling as “heaven” and a “very good experience.”

Kylie Padilla gave birth in August. The baby boy is her first with fiance Aljur Abrenica. The couple named him Alas Joaquin.

Last October, LJ Moreno gave birth to her third son with hubby Jimmy Alapag, while Camille Prats welcomed Nala, her first with husband VJ Yambao.
It was also in October when Michelle Madrigal welcomed her first baby with fiancée, Troy Woolfolk.

November was a blessed month for first time moms Nikki Gil and Pauleen Luna. Nikki gave birth to baby boy Finn last Nov. 2. The singer-actress married businessman BJ Albert in a garden ceremony in Laguna in 2015.

Pauleen welcomed a bouncing baby girl last Nov. 6. Named baby Talitha, this is Pauleen’s first child and husband Vic Sotto’s fifth.
Kaye Abad gave birth last Dec. 22.

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