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What to look forward to in 2016

Even with all the tech tools at our disposal, it’s hard to keep track of everything happening in the world. There’s simply too much to mind, too many dates to mark, too many things to remember.

We can’t help you with your personal stuff — birthdays, anniversaries, meet-ups with friends, the never ending deadlines. But we can make things easier for you by making a list of things that you definitely shouldn’t miss – movies, concerts, TV shows, games, and other notable events in 2016.

You have your calendar ready? Here we go —

 

111 STARS OF THE SMALL SCREEN

With access to legit TV and movie services like iFlix and Hooq, and our own (cough) ways (cough) of gaining access to international shows via the internet, watching our favorite shows have never been as easy as it is today. For 2016, here’s a short list of new TV shows you’d probably want to check out:

Westworld - A series inspired by the 1973 Michael Crichton film about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings.

Colony - Josh Holloway (LOST’s favorite bad boy, Sawyer) stars this dystopian near-future show. The program is about a family who must make difficult decisions as they try to survive a Los Angeles occupied by a force of outside intruders.

Legends of Tomorrow - a spinoff of DC’s Arrow and The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow tells the story of time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter as he tries to bring together a disparate group of heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat. Features The Atom, Hawkgirl, Vandal Savage, Captain Cold, Heatwave and other notable DC characters.

Preacher - If you’ve read the comics, you can’t afford to miss this. Together with an alcoholic Irish vampire as his best friend, a red-blooded gun-toting Texan as a lover, and the power of an unholy child born from an angel and a devil, the Preacher is out to confront God himself for abandoning creation.

American Gods - This one’s a bonus, because it’s set to air on 2017, but I’m so excited about this so I’ll talk about it even now. Shadow, a man with a quiet demeanor and a dark past, meets Wednesday – a shifty fellow who knows things about Shadow no one should know. Wednesday hires Shadow to be his bodyguard, and by doing his job, Shadow learns how gods are born – and more importantly – how gods can die. Based from the novel of master storyteller Neil Gaiman.

 

142 SUPER WARS

There’s no shortage of superhero movies in 2016, and for some reason or another, some of them would even get to bash each other’s faces. There’s Batman v Superman where the Dark Knight goes head to head against the Man of Steel, with the Amazon Princess (probably) making them play nice. Then there’s Captain America 3: Civil War where the Avengers get to choose if they’re Team Stark or Team Rogers. There’s also X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Doctor Strange, and your go-to guys when something weird happens — The Ghostbusters.

Other notable movies include Warcraft, Independence Day: Resurgence, Star Trek Beyond, Pride and Prejudice Zombies, TMNT: Out of the Shadows, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Jungle Book, and JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. There’s a barrage of blockbusters in 2016, so better prepare your schedules (and wallets) accordingly.

 

 

243 THE SCENE

A great mixture of old favorites and current hits will grace the Philippine music concert scene next year. Chicago’s Live Tour, Sting (with Chris Botti), Arnel Pineda’s Love and Rock & Roll, and the much awaited (and exorbitantly expensive) Rebel Heart Tour of Madonna will all be available for those who want to look back and remember the good old times. The Queen of Pop’s visit is bound to make waves, so if you’re a fan, be sure not to miss it.

2016 will also feature an eclectic mix of attractions. Nate Russ (lead vocalist of FUN), Icelandic folk/indie band Of Monsters and Men, British girl group Little Mix, Chinese-South Korean boy band Exo, Kings of YouTube Boyce Avenue, Australian pop punk 5 Seconds of Summer, Welsh rock band Neck Deep, British pop band The Vamps, and Japanese international stars One OK Rock will all visit our country to offer their unique kind of music.

 

204 GEAR UP FOR GAMING

Video games is a HUGE business – with some measures outstripping Hollywood in terms of revenue. And while 2015 boasted of stellar titles such as The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void, and even surprise hit Pillars of Eternity, 2016 promises to be even more exciting.

Let’s start with what’s familiar. Doom (formerly Doom 4) is a remake of the famous first-person shooter. It looks like it will have everything people loved from the series – demons, big guns, and a whole lot of gore. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is the sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The player will once again control of Adam Jensen to stop escalating terrorist attacks in Prague. Notorious game company EA Games will probably have a banner year with Mass Effect Andromeda – the new book in the Mass Effect series. The most famous fighting game of all time – Street Fighter – will release its newest offering with Street Fighter V. Dishonored 2, Gears of War 4, and Dead Island 2, Uncharted 4, and Dark Souls III will also come out next year.

New-ish titles to watch out for include For Honor – a mix of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and Dynasty Warriors, World of Final Fantasy – a story that would introduce siblings who would get to interact with classic FF characters like Cloud Strife, Project Setsuna – a beautifully rendered role-playing game by the Tokyo RPG Factory, and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam – a cross between the Mario & Luigi series and the Paper Mario games.

 

225 OTHER EVENTS

Other notable events in 2016 include the arrival of NASA’s Juno spacecraft in Jupiter (July 4), the launch of Dream Chaser, a privately built spaceplane on an unmanned debut mission (November 1), and the withdrawal of the remaining American, British, and Australian troops from Afghanistan (December 31).

In the Philippines, the biggest date to mark is May 9 — our General Elections. But I’m sure you already know that, given that politicians have started campaigning even as early as Q3 of 2015.

 

 

Of course, this is far from being an exhaustive list. There are many surprise hits and attractions that can pop out any time. So make it a habit to #BeFullyInformed by reading Manila Bulletin!