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2018 Yearender: Netizens gush over a homecoming, a pageant reply, and a billboard

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Posted at Dec 26 2018 11:51 AM | Updated as of Dec 26 2018 01:41 PM

First made visible by posts about them on social media, these stories emerged as the most read on news.abs-cbn.com, and helped form a tapestry of stories on love for the family, hope for a better life, and just plain appreciation for the unique -- some snapshots of what mostly caught netizens' attention in 2018.

3 SOLDIER BROTHERS SURPRISE MOTHER WITH HOMECOMING

“Family is love”.

Milvina Garcia had been longing for her sons John Melvin, Gerson, and George to be back home as the three went on their tour of duty in Marawi City as part of the military.

Milvina's wishes came true on her 51st birthday, as her sons went out of their way to surprise her on her special day, moving her to tears in a story that also captivated netizens.

CLUELESS BINIBINI'S PAINFULLY HONEST ANSWER SPARKS ONLINE DEBATE

In beauty pageants where rehearsed, templated answers have become an apparent norm, Binibining Pilipinas contestant Sandra Lemonon’s honest answer in the Q and A portion stirred more questions than answers as netizens weighed in on her response to a question on the government’s Build, Build, Build program.

Lemonon's famous quip: "I studied so much for this Q&A, but sadly that's something that I don't know really much about. But at least I'm here trying to answer a good question."

Netizens put Twitter on fire as the reply sparked a debate online.

Days following the pageant, Lemonon had a chance to find out more about the government project, and meet with Build, Build, Build chairperson Anna Mae Lamentillo.

OOPS! MAKATI BILLBOARD SHOWS PORNO IN BROAD DAYLIGHT

Editor's note: This tackle a topic which may not be suitable for a young audience. Reader discretion is advised.

It was an ordinary March afternoon for netizen Mulong Sermonia and his workmate until they chanced upon a billboard in Makati playing a pornographic video in broad daylight. Shocked, Sermonia documented the incident on video, and uploaded it on social media.

The video—which received thousands of likes and shares on Facebook and prompted an investigation by the Makati local government—has since been deleted by Facebook due to “sensitive content," but screenshots of the incident were kept alive by netizens.

RETIRING PILOT BIDS GOODBYE TO HIS PASSENGERS IN LAST FLIGHT

After 30,000 flying hours, 67-year-old pilot Capt. Rizalino Izari hung up his cap and bade farewell to his career in a heartwarming speech he left for his last passengers in Cebu Pacific in August.

One of the passengers posted the video on Facebook—sending netizens into a tear frenzy.

The story gave more background about the profession that Izari obviously loved, and netizens were really curious.

'WHERE'S MY FIVE MINUTES?': FISCAL GOES VIRAL FOR RIFT WITH MMDA ENFORCER

A fiscal turned heads on social media after a rift with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) enforcers who tried to tow her vehicle for illegal parking in Quezon City in August.

The video showed the woman on board a van telling enforcers in a raised voice that she arrived within 5 minutes after they flagged the violation. The altercation even went as far as the woman’s husband threatening to press charges if the driver—whom he claimed to be pregnant at the time—suffered a miscarriage.

MMDA has since pressed charges against the woman, and called for her disbarment following the incident.

'PASOK MGA SUKI, PRESYONG DIVISORIA'

Admit it, the line above got your feet tapping. Ever wondered who started the "pasok, mga suki" craze which inspired a series of viral videos around the Philippines?

The man was later known as Sammy Leuterio, a vendor from—you guessed—Divisoria. In "Rated K," Leuterio explained he sang to attract buyers while selling.

POPSICLE VENDOR'S RENDITION OF AN ED SHEERAN SONG GOES VIRAL

Lito "John" Guererro from Ilocos Norte awed netizens with his rendition of "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran.

He was asked to sing by two customers who saw that he brought a guitar with him. Netizen Rodnie Mina Orlanda uploaded the video on Facebook, which earned millions of views.

Guererro said his popsicles sold out faster after the video of him singing trended online.

P15,000 HOTEL, AIRFARE FOR 5 SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES? NETIZEN TELLS HOW

For travelers who loathe forking in tons of cash for airfare and hotel accommodation, this is indeed one of the ultimate #TravelHacks.

Facebook user MeaKryztine Aquiviano’s post went viral after sharing how she travelled to Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia for 17 days with a P15,118.5 budget for plane fare and bus tickets, as well as accommodation for her and her boyfriend.

The secret? Aquiviano revealed that she hunts for promo fares from budget airlines and stays at backpackers’ inns to cut costs.

'FOR WHITE PEOPLE ONLY': FILIPINO FAMILY SUBJECTED TO RACIST TIRADE IN NEW ZEALAND

A Filipino family’s holiday in Wellington, New Zealand ended on a sour note as they were subjected to a racist tirade by a resident in October.

In a coffee shop, 18-year-old Krizia Egipto and her parents were asked by a Kiwi customer to leave, adding that New Zealand was “for white people only” as they were leaving the shop.

Egipto encountered the same woman at a bench and she subjected her anew to the same tirade, which Egipto video-recorded and uploaded on Facebook. Wellington mayor Justin Lester personally called Egipto to apologize for the incident.

AWKWARD? MAN UNEXPECTEDLY SHARES CARPOOL WITH EX-GF, PARTNER

By chance, a man running late for work shared a carpool ride with his ex-girlfriend and her current partner days before Valentine's Day.

In a Facebook post, netizen AJ Magallon mused that maybe something was wrong with the app, which is now defunct in Manila. There was no bad blood though, as Magallon--who is in good terms with his ex and her partner--even took a selfie with the couple.