Triumph over hardship: Netizens look back on 2017

Jaehwa Bernardo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 01 2018 01:49 PM

The Rizal Monument lightens with fireworks display on the background during the annual New Year’s Day celebration in Manila. Photo by Maria Tan, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Political disputes, war in the south, a vaccine scare and back-to-back storms before Christmas made 2017 a tough year for Filipinos.

But it also was not short on triumphs, both big and small. We asked Facebook users what they're thankful for and the challenges that they hurdled coming into the new year.

 

Most Filipinos were thankful for making it through the year with their loved ones, finding new jobs and overcoming illness.

"Very thankful ako kay God dahil unti-unti ay gumagaling ako sa aking sakit. My son was blassed to have a good job with a better company. My bunso got a job and he'll start ths January. Lahat sa pamilya ay walang grabeng sakit," Ellen Idul Macapagal shared.

"Nagpapasalamat ako kasi nandito ako ngayon sa Qatar for work. Malayo man sa mag-ina ko kahit malungkot. Nagpapasalamat pa rin kay Lord sa lahat ng biyaya niya sa lahat ng oras," said Roy Sudario.

There were those who took hardships as learning experiences.

"Pinagpapasalamat ko sa taon ito ay 'yun[g] mga pagsubok na dumaan sa amin kasi ito ang naging dahilan para kami ay matuto at lumaban pa lalo sa hamon ng buhay," said Cherryl Arcos Pardinas.

 

Netizens also shared the goals they achieved.

"Na-promote agad sa work kahit 'di pa tapos ang contract. Basta masipag lang," Juan Gabriel Guevarra shared.

"I traveled to Hong Kong alone," Hapi San recounted.

"Nakakuha ako ng mataas na grades," said Lance Contreras.

 

We also asked netizens about their resolutions for 2018, most of which involved better financial management and shedding some weight.

"Ang New Year's resolution ko ay iyong magtipid ng pera para maka-ipon para makabili ng house and lot na maliit ... gusto ko na hindi na lagi mangugupahan sa ibang lupain," said Flor Bolonia.

"Mag-iipon ako para sa future ng mga anak ko at mgsisipag ako ngayong taon," said Sheryl Mananguite Delos Reyes.

"Ang pumayat at makabawas ng 19 kilos ng taba," Char Moss said.

"Healthy living should be our priority for ourselves and especially for our loved ones," said Crispina Miranda-Ram.