2004 in the Philippines

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2004 in the Philippines
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2004 in the Philippines details events of note that happened in the Philippines in the year 2004.



  • February 27 - SuperFerry 14 was bombed by the Abu Sayyaf terrorists killing 116 people. It was considered as the worst terrorist attack in the Philippines.[1][2]
  • March 12 – Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco, the early-evening national solo-anchored newscast, ended its two-year run as an early-evening national newscast.
  • March 15 – 24 Oras, the fourth early-evening national newscast in Filipino of GMA Network, was launched with "Frontpage" anchor Mel Tiangco and Saksi anchor Mike Enriquez. A brand-new Saksi with Emergency host Arnold Clavio and re-titled as "Saksi: Liga ng Katotohanan".
  • May 5 – Total lunar eclipse witnessed in the Philippines at dawn.
  • May 14 – Synchronized national and local elections were held. This was the first election participated by Overseas Filipinos under the Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003
    The colors indicate provinces where a candidate gathered the majority of votes: White Blue for Arroyo, Orange for Poe, Dark Blue for Lacson, and Pink for Roco. Villanueva was unable to secure a majority in any of the provinces.
  • June 8 – The Venus transit of June 8, 2004 was the first of two Venus transits of the 21st century, it was witnessed by amateur astronomers and sky watchers throughout the country.
  • June 24 – Philippine Congress officially declared the winners (for the presidency and the vice-presidency) of the 2004 Philippine general election.
  • June 30 – Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is inaugurated in Cebu City, along with Noli de Castro as President and Vice-President, respectively.
  • August 13–29: The Philippines competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, from August 13 to 29, 2004.
  • August 23: ETC was launched by Solar Entertainment Corporation as a female-oriented cable channel. On January 1, 2008, began to lease airtime on SBN choosing to broadcast programming from its entertainment channel on UHF free-to-air television channel 21. until March 1, 2011 ETC This partnership ended in March 2, 2011, as Solar transferred ETC to RPN on VHF free-to-air television channel 9. But on November 30, 2013, the channel returned to SBN.
  • November 12 — Grand Opening at the SM City Batangas.
  • November 18 – Asia's longest-running noontime show Eat Bulaga! celebrated its 25th silver anniversary with a grand celebration held at the Expo Filipino in Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga, its presentation title is Eat Bulaga Silver Special.







  1. ^ Avendano, Christine (2007-07-21). "Gracia Burnham, other terror victims speak up". The Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Arroyo orders arrest of Abu leaders linked in ferry blast". Sun.Star Network Online. 2004-10-12. Retrieved 2008-06-07.