5 People Who Mattered In 2013

DISCLAIMER: Once again, this kind writer would like to remind everyone that the choices made here are strictly based on personal opinion. I may provide my reasoning for each choice, and you are free to agree or disagree as you choose. Happy New Year!

1. Pope Francis 

It may be too early to say whether or not Francis has already made a lasting impact on Christianity as a whole, but if there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that he’s on his way to doing so. In less than a year as pope, he’s made some radical moves that are set to usher Christianity into the modern age. It is said that he’s managed to encourage doubting Christians to go back to Church, restoring their faith in a religion that has been marred with child abuse accusations in recent years.

2. Miley Cyrus

I feel like a total dolt putting Miley on this list next to someone like Pope Francis, but there’s no denying the fact that 2013 was quite the year for the ‘Milester’. From her controversial VMA performance to her stark naked music video for ‘Wrecking Ball’, Miley’s doing a particularly fine job of breaking away from the persona (and the market) that made her a household name. Love her or hate her, Miley Cyrus made her mark in 2013 (there’s no doubt about that).

3. Janet Lim Napoles

Her name has become synonymous with one of the largest news stories of 2013– the pork barrel scam. Some people even know her much better than the list of public officials allegedly involved in the PDAF scandal! Her face was everywhere during the momentous Million People March in Luneta. Yet, unlike other previously unknown individuals (remember Amalayer?) Janet Lim Napoles is a name that’s going to have staying power.

4. Anderson Cooper

Filipina fans of veteran newscaster Anderson Cooper were nothing short of giddy upon hearing the news that the CNN reporter would be traveling to the Philippines to cover relief efforts in Tacloban. Cooper’s fanbase most likely expanded following a minor ‘feud’ involving Korina Sanchez, wherein he managed to rebut Sanchez’s accusations in a manner befitting his years of experience in broadcast journalism. Plus: Cooper’s report on his experiences in Tacloban proved that he was very much moved by his experience in Leyte. On the one hand, we were embarrassed because of Korina. On the other hand– we were proud.

5. Beyonce 

Just when most of us thought Beyonce was on hibernation from the music world (at least I did),Queen B surprised both fans and the music world alike by releasing a one-of-a-kind visual album that featured 14 songs and 17 (yes, you read it right), 17 music videos. Read the article below for a better idea of how Beyonce’s album did in music charts since it’s surprise release: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5839818/beyonce-breaks-us-itunes-sales-record-sells-617000-in-three-days.

TIP: If you’re looking for more fun Beyonce posts, search her up on Buzzfeed for some articles about her new album.

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