2016 YEARENDER

Pineapples and clowns: Odd stories that baffled Pinoys

Ivy Jean Vibar, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 26 2016 06:59 AM

The year 2016 was the year of the pineapple—not only did Japanese comedian Pikotaro's "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" win a Guinness world record, but a giant pineapple in Tacloban also captured Filipinos' hearts.

1. PINEAPPLE HEART

A large pineapple, which was shaped like an inverted heart, was planted by a young boy, Steve Nash Diaz, a few months after super typhoon “Yolanda” devastated Leyte.

Photo by Jenette Fariola-Ruedas, ABS-CBN News

2. MISTAKEN IDENTITY

A story about an Italian lady who was arrested after her Lagundi plants turned out to be marijuana also made its way to not a few digital screens, reminding people to be sure what they’re growing in their gardens, especially as the Duterte government stepped up its war on drugs.

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3. ASSAULT ON A COW

Animals also piqued our readers’ curiosity, as stories about a man who sexually assaulted a pregnant cow, and a grandmother allegedly having a twin snake became among the most talked-about odd stories on ABS-CBN News in 2016.

Photo by Noning Antonio, ABS-CBN RNG

4. TWIN SNAKE

Animals also piqued our readers’ curiosity, as stories about a man who sexually assaulted a pregnant cow, and a grandmother allegedly having a twin snake became among the most talked-about odd stories on ABS-CBN News in 2016.

5. GUARDIAN TIKBALANG

Filipinos also showed that they need not wait for Halloween or the Metro Manila Film Festival to get their share of shakes and rattles, as they told of their experiences with a guardian tikbalang, a tiktik, aswang, and other supernatural beings throughout the year.

6. FAITH BEATS ALL

Filipinos also showed that they need not wait for Halloween or the Metro Manila Film Festival to get their share of shakes and rattles, as they told of their experiences with a guardian tikbalang, a tiktik, aswang, and other supernatural beings throughout the year.

7. A SINISTER FAMILY LEGACY

Filipinos also showed that they need not wait for Halloween or the Metro Manila Film Festival to get their share of shakes and rattles, as they told of their experiences with a guardian tikbalang, a tiktik, aswang, and other supernatural beings throughout the year.

8. BAD CLOWN PRANK

In Ilocos Sur, a non-supernatural entity—specifically a clown—gave locals the shivers in what was suspected to have been a "bad" prank.

9. HAUNTED PALACE

Odd politics stayed close to Pinoy hearts, as a story about President Rodrigo Duterte asserting that he will not sleep at the Palace because it has ghosts ramped up reads in 2016.

10. DUTERTE KALOKALIKE

Filipinos also went wild for a man who looked just like the president.

11. BOTCHED NOSE JOB

The story of a man who sought help after a botched P500-nose job damaged his face and left him in financial ruin yanked on Filipino heartstrings, and served as a cautionary tale.

12. TRUE LOVE WAITS

The tale of a school that banned romances between students caught the interest of Pinoys, as it was one for the books--storybooks, that is, being the plot of countless love stories, but with wicked stepmothers or jealous sisters as contravidas instead of a school.

Photo by Angelo Andrade, ABS-CBN RNG

13. LOOKING FOR 'LOVING-LOVING'

While love can conquer the world, the suspects' story of seeking love in a school did not do much for police who caught suspects allegedly breaking and entering.

Photo by Grace Alba, ABS-CBN News