For most, if not all of us, 2020 has been a very challenging year. Not only are we confined to our homes because of the pandemic, the anxiety and other negative feelings brought about by the isolation also made everything extra bleak.
At this point, if we all were to make a collective wish, we would want a better 2021. And we are all hopeful for a brighter and safer year to enjoy everything we missed out on in 2020. After all, who wouldn’t want to give a warm, tight hug to their loved ones once again? (Read: ‘Lockdown’ Declared as Word of the Year, ‘TikToker’ Joins Top 10 List)
So to make you feel hopeful and also grateful for this new year, My Pope Philippines lists three things that you could look forward to in 2021!
This 2021, Look Forward to New Movies
The year 2020 has been a crazy time for the movie industry. Studios have opted to delay theatrical releases of big-budget films because nobody knows when will the health crisis end. Release dates have been postponed, pushed back, and indefinitely delayed much to the dismay of fans around the world. Add to that is the restricted operations of cinemas worldwide. (Read: Samuel Jackson, Lisa Kudrow Star in Netflix Mockumentary ‘Death to 2020’)
But don’t fret! This year, big budget hits like Dune, Matrix 4, and Godzilla vs. Kong will stream in theaters and HBO Max simultaneously. For Marvel fans, Black Widow is now slated for release in May 2021.
This 2021, Look Forward to a COVID-19 Vaccine
Various reports say that the Philippines will be able to secure COVID-19 vaccines during the third quarter of 2021. Despite the many setbacks and controversies surrounding vaccine procurement, the fact that there is a vaccine developed and that some countries have already rolled it out for their citizens is still a welcome development. (Read: COVID-19 Vaccine Rights Should Be Exercised Fairly’ – Vatican Diplomat)
Hopefully, with the development of the vaccine, this wretched pandemic will soon end— fingers crossed!
This 2021, Look Forward to 500 Years of Christianity
This 2021, the Philippines will mark half a millennium of Christianity in the country. For 500 years, the Christian faith in the country has not only survived but has been a strong influence in the culture and character of the — and is still going strong! (Read: The 500-Year History of Catholicism in the Philippines)
As announced by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, the launch of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Philippine Christianity is slated for April 2021 and will end in 2022. Indeed, this is an event worth looking forward to this year!