As 2014 comes closer to its end, 2015 is coming near fast. While the world has its ups and downs, the Philippines had its own triumphs and failures. Every December of the year, predictions for next year from astrologists are being revealed almost everywhere.
But for us here, we have asked experts on different fields to give you the closest predictions for the Philippines this 2015. As expected, we received tons of predictions. But because a lot of them are similar and related, we gathered only the most common and interesting ones.
Without further ado, below is our list of top 10 shocking predictions for our beloved Philippines in 2015:
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#10 Korean dramas and K-Pop will totally invade the country
Despite the extreme marketing strategies of local TV networks in their upcoming telenovelas for next year, Korean dramas (K-Dramas) will still prevail. According to DramaFever.com, there are more 50 new upcoming Koreanovelas to be released next year and more than half of them already received proposals to be aired in the Philippines. For K-Pop, an insider from SM Entertainment told us that there will be more concerts besides the EXO concert in Manila on May 2015. Therefore, Pinoy music will be out unless a Pinay singing sensation will rise.
#9 There will be more local movies, but many of them will flop
For the local entertainment scene, Star Cinema, GMA Films, Regal Entertainment, and Viva Films are set to release more films than last year. However, veteran local film critic Mario Hernandez tells us that if the upcoming films have the same formula as ‘She’s Dating the Gangster’ (which by the way is the third top grosser film of 2014), they will not sell well. Hernandez adds that local indie films are still in demand, but he suggests that they should be offered to a wider audience. Otherwise, the Philippine movie industry will die in pain.
#8 International celebrities will visit the country, but local entertainers will have no jobs
Besides the Pope Francis visit in January 2015 and the One Direction concert in March, the country will also host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in November. Nonetheless, there were also speculations that Russian President Vladimir Putin is also coming, as well as controversial Hollywood celebrity Kim Kardashian. And as mentioned earlier, EXO might not be the only K-Pop music group to have a concert in Manila. Although revenues and tax are expected, local entertainers will suffer a lot.
#7 More Filipinos will buy online rather than in malls, one giant mall will be closed
With the number of Filipinos with smartphones growing rapidly, online shopping is expected to be a way of life in 2015. Although shopping malls can still attract customers, a recent survey suggests that the worst traffic in EDSA especially during Christmas season, is scaring shoppers away. Filipino broadcaster, host and economist Winnie Monsod agrees with the survey. She said online shopping website owners will take advantage over the situation, considering that free public Wi-Fi will be available next year. If traffic problem will not be solved, a giant mall will declare bankruptcy and will be closed permanently.
#6 Manny Pacquiao will retire from boxing after winning against Floyd Mayweather
Yes, there are two huge predictions for the Manny Pacquiao. Just days before he won over Chris Algieri, long rival Floyd Mayweather Jr announced that he has agreed to fight our Pambansang Kamao. The much awaited Pacquiao-Mayweather fight has no official announcement yet. But this early, Pacquiao is being predicted to win the fight via unanimous decision. For veteran sports analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz, he thinks that Pacquiao will announce his retirement right after the fight.
#5 Economy will rise by 6.7%, but flow of OFWs will increase rapidly
Last August, the World Bank projected that Philippine economic growth will be up by 6.7 % in 2015 after it went strongly by 6.4% in 2014. More local jobs will be introduced, including the the Apple iPhone factory after Foxconn decided to transfer one of its manufacturing plants to the country from China. However, local experts said the number of OFWs is expected to grow further and faster than ever. . The three main reasons are: to seek greener pastures, job mismatch, and lack of trust from the government.
#4 More controversies involving politicians
As of posting, Vice President Jejomar Binay is still being grilled with allegations of corruption. Two of our senators are still detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, and another one is under hospital arrest. Binay’s case has somehow silence the case of alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles, not unless her house in California will be sold. Nevertheless, veteran political analyst Alex Magno said he believes that more controversies should be expected; especially that election will just be a year away.
#3 Corruption and unsolved crimes will increase by 31%
Corruption and crimes should not be included here, because they are already part of the Filipino culture. However, it is quite alarming to know that experts think that both of them will rise up to 31% next year. As Mr. Magno suggests, the upcoming 2016 election is now starting to attract underground transactions between corrupt politicians and hardened criminals. Despite the presence of CCTV cameras everywhere, numerous unsolved election-related crimes are too be expected.
#2 Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada will be freed
Sandiganbayan has recently denied the bail petition of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. Although co-accused Senator Jinggoy Estrada is hopeful that the same fate will not happen to him, he should not expect much. Nevertheless, former Bayan Muna congressman Teddy Casino said he believes that the two senators will be freed sometime before 2015 ends. “And why not? Have you heard any politician in the Philippines who have been jailed permanently because of corruption?” He said.
#1 Thirteen (13) politicians will run for president
Based on our interviews to political experts, there will be 13 presidential candidates in the 2016 election. With no particular order, they are VP Jejomar Binay, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, Senators Bong Revilla, Antonio Trillanes IV, Alan Peter Cayetano, Miriam Defensor Santiago, and Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. Also included are former senators Panfilo Lacson, Richard Gordon and Manny Villar, Congressman Manny Pacquiao, and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. And yes, former president and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada announced recently that he will run again. (Note: Erap is the 13th President of the Philippines.)
Brace yourself, Philippines!