2007 in the Philippines
2007 in the Philippines details events of note that happened in the Philippines in the year 2007.
- President: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
- Vice President: Noli de Castro
- Senate President: Manuel Villar
- House Speaker: Jose de Venecia
- Chief Justice: Reynato Puno
- January 4: Flash floods at Eastern Visayas leave 9 dead. (GMA News)
- January 9: Throngs of people went to Quiapo, Manila to celebrate the Black Nazarenes 400th-year anniversary of arrival from Mexico. (Daily Inquirer)
- January 13: Asian leaders pledge closer ties at the 12th ASEAN Summit at Mandaue City. (BBC News)
- January 17: Police storm the Iloilo Capitol to serve the dismissal order against Governor Niel Tupas, Sr. Tupas later came up with a temporary restraining order to prevent more hostilities. (GMA News)
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- January 30: Sorsogon Congressman Francis Escudero files his candidacy for the Senate. (Daily Inquirer)
- January 31: Solicitor-General Antonio Eduardo Nachura is chosen by the President as the new Supreme Court associate justice. (GMA News)
- February 1: Retired Police Chief Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. is appointed as the new Secretary of National Defense. (GMA News)
- February 4: Frankie Miñoza wins the 2007 Philippine Open at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club. (Daily Inquirer)
- February 11: The United Opposition, subsequently renamed Genuine Opposition, completes its 12 candidates for the upcoming elections. (GMA News)
- February 12: Eight administration politicians filed their certificates of candidacy for the 2007 senatorial elections, calling themselves "TEAM Unity". (ABS-CBN News)
- February 14: Campaign period for national positions (Senate and Party-list) begins for the 2007 elections.
- February 16: Leyte governor Jericho Petilla of TEAM Unity backs out of the senatorial race in favor of Cesar Montano. (GMA News)
- February 21: The International Basketball Federation lifts the national team's suspension as it recognizes the new basketball federation. (FIBA.com)
- February 24: Basketball team Barangay Ginebra Kings defeated the San Miguel Beermen in the Philippine Cup Finals. (Daily Inquirer)
- February 28: Senator Francis Pangilinan has been dropped from the Genuine Opposition's senatorial roster. (Daily Inquirer)
- March 3: Anna Theresa Licaros is crowned as Binibining Pilipinas-Universe at the pageant held at the Araneta Coliseum.
- March 14: Police have stormed a courtroom in Taguig City, killing a gunman to end a day-long hostage drama. Hostage-taker Almario Villegas was shot dead during the operation inside the Taguig Hall of Justice. Villegas seized the hostages in a dispute over land ownership. (BBC News); Campaign period for local positions begins.
- March 25: In StarStruck's Final Judgment, Aljur Abrenica was named as "ultimate hunk," Jewel Mische as "ultimate sweetheart", and the tandem of Kris Bernal and Mart Escudero as the "ultimate love team" at the Marikina Sports Park.
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- March 28: Gunmen led by Jun Ducat took 32 children and two teachers hostage near Manila City Hall. The gunmen later surrendered and released the hostages after their demands of free education for the children and land for their families was met. (BBC News)
- April 15: Manny Pacquiao knocked out Jorge Solis on the eighth round to retain the WBC International Superfeatherweight championship at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas.
- May 14 - Synchronized national and local elections were held.
- May 21: Genuine Opposition candidates lead in the Senatorial elections notching 8 seats in the unofficial NAMFREL tally. (GMA News)
- May 21: A teacher from Maguindanao claims votes from that province were fraudulent. (PDI)
- June 6: Genuine Opposition candidates win the most number of seats in the Senate while TEAM Unity retains control of the House and local positions at general elections in the Philippines even though failure of elections were declared in the province of Maguindanao.
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- June 30: Proclaimed winners in the elections begin their term which will end on June 30, 2007.
- July 7: In a pair of world championship bouts, Florante Condes beats IBF minimumweight champion Muhammad Rachman in a bout a Jakarta and Nonito Donaire beat the IBF flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States to become only the two current Filipino world champions.
- July 11: The chief suspect in the Nida Blanca murder case, her husband Rod Strunk, committed suicide on Tracy, California. (Tracy Press)
- July 11: Fourteen members of the Philippine Marines were found beheaded after an encounter against Islamic rebels in the province of Basilan. (BBC)
- July 14: Two months after the elections, Juan Miguel Zubiri of TEAM Unity was proclaimed senator nosing out Koko Pimentel of the Genuine Opposition. (Inquirer)
- July 20: The Alaska Aces defeated the Talk N Text Phone Pals to win their 12th Philippine Basketball Association championship in the 2007 PBA Fiesta Conference. (Inquirer)
- July 27: The Department of Agriculture declares an outbreak of hog cholera at the provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan.
- August 8: Continuous rains the preceding three days broke the ongoing dry spell as Typhoon Chedeng passed through the northern limits of Batanes and the Babuyan Islands.
- August 9: Tropical Storm Dodong caused 3 deaths and 17 injuries.
- August 11: Boxer Gerry Peñalosa knocked out Jhonny González of Mexico to win the WBO Bantamweight Championship at the ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California.
- August 15: Heavy rains from Super Typhoon Egay caused the suspension of classes and the closure of government offices in Northern Luzon and Metro Manila. (Inquirer)
- August 18: Baseball players from Makati City were beaten by players from Pearl City, Hawaii to lose in the Junior League World Series at Taylor, Michigan. (City of Taylor)
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- August 26: Raul Gonzalez, the secretary of Department of Justice, was started to confine in the hospital due to his illness at the blood vessels. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo allow him to be vacant in the Arroyo cabinet or in his office, but would still serve as secretary.
- August 28: Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison was arrested at Utrecht, Netherlands. (Inquirer)
- August 30: The government announced that the economy grew 7.5 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, topping market estimates, as private and government consumption boosted growth to its strongest level in two decades, President Arroyo announced in a press conference at Malacañang Palace. (ABS-CBN News)
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- September 12: The Sandiganbayan convicted former president Joseph Estrada for plunder and sentenced him to reclusion perpetua while acquitting him and his co-accused on other charges.
- September 29: The De La Salle Junior Archers and the Ateneo Lady Eagles won their respective divisional championships against the Ateneo Blue Eaglets and the UP Lady Maroons.
- September 30: Tropical Storm Hanna causes the deaths of nine people in Ifugao in a landslide and Quezon City. (GMA News)
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- October 6: Boxer Manny Pacquiao defeats Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera via unanimous decision at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas to retain the WBC international super featherweight title. (ESPN)
- October 7: Basketball team De La Salle Green Archers swept the UE Red Warriors 2-0 in their final series to win their seventh men's title in the UAAP.
- October 19: The Glorietta mall in Makati City was allegedly bombed by unknown assailants. (BBC News)
- October 26: Former President Joseph Estrada was pardoned and free from jail after his trial.
- October 29: Philippines started its barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
- November 11: Miss Earth 2007 beauty pageant was hosted by the Philippines at the University of the Philippines Theater in Quezon City. Miss Canada won the pageant.
- November 13: An explosion at the Philippine House of Representatives building in Quezon City kills four people, including Congressman Wahab Akbar.
- November 27: At 8 am PST, Typhoon Lando returns to the Philippines.
- November 28: 2 boats were sunken at Taal Lake due to the waves. Three were confirmed dead and six are still missing.
- November 29: The Armed Forces of the Philippines lays siege to The Peninsula Manila after soldiers led by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV stage a mutiny.
- December 12: One of Enchanted Kingdom's attractions, the Space Shuttle roller coaster, stalled between the tracks, where school children from Bulacan, Laguna, and Batangas were included.
- December 31: Seven people are injured and four are missing when a fire razed several fireworks stores in the Municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.
These are TV programs that premiered and had their finales this year; new seasons and miniseries are excluded.
- January 17: Agent X44 (Star Cinema)
- February 14: The Promise (GMA Films/Regal Films), Troika (Daven Productions International)
- February 21: Faces of Love
- February 28: You Got Me (Star Cinema)
- March 13: Siquijor: Mystic Island (Centerstage Productions)
- March 14: Happy Hearts (Regal Films)
- March 20: Pantasya (Centerstage Productions)
- March 21: M.O.N.A.Y (Misteyks obda neyson adres Yata) ni Mr. Shooli (Onabru Productions)
- April 7: Ang Cute Ng Ina Mo (Star Cinema/Viva Films)
- May 23: Baliw (Redd5Luke Productions)
- May 30: Paano Kita Iibigin (Star Cinema)
- June 13: Angels (Eagle Eye Productions)
- July 4: Tiyanaks (Regal Films)
- July 13: Kadin (Cinemalaya Productions)
- July 27: Ouija (GMA Films)
- August 29: My Kuya's Wedding (Regal Films)
- September 26: I've Fallen for You (Star Cinema)
- October 3: Mona, Singapore Escort (Bandit Films)
- October 10: Apat Dapat, Dapat Apat: Friends 4 Lyf and Death (Viva Films)
- November 14: One More Chance (Star Cinema)
- December 25: 2007 Metro Manila Film Festival:
The celebration of the holidays may be moved due to President Arroyos "holiday economics" policy.
Holidays in italics are "special days", while those in regular type are "regular holidays".
- January 1: New Years Day
- April 9: Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor)
- April 5: Maundy Thursday
- April 6: Good Friday
- May 1: Labor Day
- May 14 - Election Day
- June 12: Independence Day
- Due to the "holiday economics" policy, the working holiday was on Monday, June 11. Festivities and rites were still held on June 12.
- August 26: National Heroes Day
- October 13: Eid ul-Fitr
- November 1: All Saints Day
- November 30: Bonifacio Day
- December 25: Christmas
- December 30: Rizal Day
- December 31: New Years Eve
In addition, several other places observe local holidays, such as the foundation of their town. These are also "special days."
- February 27: Lance Lucido, actor
- April 19: James Yap, Jr. (son of James Yap and Kris Aquino)
- September 7: Ma. Cecilia Escudero and Joaquin Escudero (children of Senator Francis Escudero and Christine Elizabeth Flores-Escudero)
- January 13: Gido Babilonia, basketball player (born 1966)
- January 15: Pura Santillan-Castrence, writer and diplomat (born 1905)
- January 16: Jainal Antel Sali, Jr., Abu Sayyaf leader (born 1964)
- January 16: Lee Aguinaldo, abstract painter (born 1933)
- January 22: Cecilia Gutierrez, 64, mother of actress Chin-Chin Gutierrez (born 1942)
- January 24: Jose R. Velasco, physiologist and National Scientist (born 1916)
- February 18: Vicente Ericta, retired Supreme Court Associate Justice (born 1915)
- February 19: Antonio Serapio, Congressman from Valenzuela City (born 1937)
- March 16: Joey Gosiengfiao, film director (born 1941)
- March 17: Antonio M. Martinez, retired Supreme Court Associate Justice (born 1929)
- March 24: Jun Bernardino, former Philippine Basketball Association commissioner (born 1947)
- April 3: Gloria T. Aragon, first woman director of PGH (born 1918)
- April 7: Ogie Juliano, theater director (born 1961)
- April 13: Salvador J. Valdez, Jr., retired Court of Appeals Justice (born 1936)
- April 13: Nicanor Yñiguez, last Speaker of the Regular Batasang Pambansa during Marcos administration (born 1915)
- April 28: Julian Resuello, 54, former San Carlos, Pangasinan mayor (born 1952)
- May 17: Cesar "Kuya Cesar" Nucum, radio broadcaster (born 1938)
- May 18: Yoyoy Villame, singer and comedian (born 1938)
- June 2: Paulo Campos, physician and National Scientist (born 1921)
- June 16: Leonardo Perez, former Senator and COMELEC Chairman (born 1925)
- July 13: Fredegusto "F.G." David, psychologist (born 1938)
- July 17: Geronimo Velasco, Minister of Energy during Marcos administration (born 1927)
- July 21: Jesus Sison, Press Secretary during Ramos administration (born 1931)
- August 9: Pete Roa, television host (born 1940)
- August 27: Ramon Zamora, actor (born 1935)
- August 29: Nenita Cortes-Daluz, radio journalist and politician (born 1939)
- October 24: Mita Pardo de Tavera, former DSWD Secretary during Aquino administration (born 1920)
- November 8: Dulce Quintans-Saguisag, former DSWD Secretary during Estrada administration and wife of ex-Senator Rene Saguisag (born 1943)
- November 13: Wahab Akbar, Congressman from Basilan (born 1960)
- November 15: Emoy Gorgonia, former TV host "Tukaan" (born 1962)
- November 16: Ross Rival a.k.a. Rosauro Salvador, action film actor and father of actress Maja Salvador (born 1945)
- November 18: Sedfrey Ordoñez, former Secretary of Justice during Aquino administration (born 1921)
- December 5: Rene Villanueva, creator and head writer of Batibot (born 1954)
- December 15: Ace Vergel, film actor (born 1952)
- December 15: Ernest Santiago, fashion designer (born 1939)
- December 22: Adrian Cristobal, writer and columnist (born 1932)