Great Things That Happened in 2016


A lot of people are saying that 2016 is the worst year yet. Yah, a lot of things happened right? But did you even try to remember some good things happened last year? Maybe the saying that goes “no matter how many good things you have done, people will always remember the single bad thing you did” really have sense. Lemme help you remember, or perhaps to informed you that 2016 brought a lot of great things to us too! 🙂

  • The Ice Bucket Challenge. Thanks to this trend, the gene responsible for ALS has been discovered, meaning we are closer to an effective treatment. And please make yourself a favor by searching ALS on Google if you don’t know the said disease.
  • Childs mortality keeps going down.
  • Michael Jordan donates 2M to try and help bridge connection between police and the community. (while I can’t even share a pack of chips with a friend).
  •  New chemotherapy breakthroughs have increased the 5-year survival for pancreatic cancer from 16% to 27% (and is getting better).
  • Scientists figured out how to link robotic limbs with the part of the brain that deals with intent to move so people don’t have to think about how they will move the limb, it can just happen.
  • A solar powered plant circumnavigated the world.
  • Tiger numbers are growing. Ang manatees. And pandas.
  • Pakistan has made strides toward outlawing honor killings.
  • 70,000 Muslim clerics declared a fatwa against ISIS.
  • Pokemon Go obsessions. Players went insane with placing lure modules near hospitals for sick kids.
  • Volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in 24 hours.
  • Portugal ran its entire natin solely on renewable energy for four days straight.
  • A retiree is launching a project to transport 80 endangered rhinos to an Australian reservation to save the animals from poaching.
  • An Afghan teacher has been delivering books via bicycle to villages that lack schools.
  • But wait, we, here in the Philippines got some good things too! Bb. Pilipinas Kylie Versoza won Ms. International and Jaclyn Jose bagged the award for Best Actress at Cannes for the movie Ma’Rosa.
  • Tuition fee for selected colleges become free also! Yey!
  • Coffee consumption has been proved to help curtail cancer and suicide rates (Oh thank God!).
  • Speaking of coffee, Starbucks figured out how to donate perishable food in a food-safe way.
  • The ozone layer is now repairing itself and all the work we did to get rid of those aerosol chemicals was actually worth it.
  • Speaking of which, a new therapy developed in Israel could cure radiation sickness.
  • Dentists are once again providing free care to veterans who need it.
  • There’s a new Harry Potter book. And a movie. Harry Potter has no plans on vanishing with time.
  • Kung Fu Panda 3, this franchise is still going strong despite that its about a panda played by Jack Black.
  • Jungle Book. The amazing remake none of us saw coming.
  • Finding Dory. I haven’t seen it yet but I’ve heard good things.
  • Kubo and the Two Strings. Haven’t seen that yet as well but its Laika so I know it’s a masterpiece.
  • Deadpool. The beautiful and super accurate R-rated marvel film.
  • Captain America: Civil War. Seriously is the best marvel movie yet in my opinion I need more.
  • Zootopia.
  • Kimi No Nawa (Your Name). I cried.
  • Speaking of movies, Lav Diaz’s 8-hour film Hele Sa Hiwalang Hapis won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at Berlin Film Fest.
  • No Vice Ganda’s and Vic Sotto’s movies at MMFF!
  • Magic Temple a.k.a. our favorite childhood movie, got a digital restoration.
  • Eleven from Stranger Things visited the Philippines for the AsiaPop Comicon.

And a lot more! Always see the good things in everything. And always remember that any years you have been through, the fact the you made it this long, were be treasured because you have spent it with your family and loved ones.

We, here at Slingshot are people of rainbow and sunshine and we will make you happy. 🙂

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