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MILPITAS, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – There was a time on Thanksgiving evening that the vast parking lot at The Great Mall in Milpitas, California would be eerily deserted, except for the one directly across from the movie theaters.  But Thanksgiving Day 2015 was different.  There was not a single parking spot left by 8pm.

This scenario played over and over in shopping malls across the U.S. as retailers experimented on opening their stores early Thanksgiving evening and not wait for the traditional Black Friday to sell their discounted merchandise.

It was a huge success and proved that Americans don’t really care about Thanksgiving or what it means.

As cash registers rang and rang all evening Thursday and into the early morning on Friday, a consensus among shopping malls, department and box stores has formed: consumers will now expect two days of black shopping next year and every year.

In America, there’s so much to be thankful for.  Thankful for what you have in the year just passed, and thankful for the things that you buy on Black Thursday and Black Friday this year.  It’s an unending cycle.

Perhaps we should pardon all turkeys every year and just focus the celebration on shopping and more shopping.


imageLAS VEGAS, NEVADA  (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s payback time for Donald Trump!

When the 2015 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant unfolds at the Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas on December 20, there will be fewer contestants and none of the traditional top contenders and title holders. It is the biggest boycott of the pageant, owned by the real estate mogul.

It’s all because of Trump’s rhetoric since launching his campaign to become the Republican nominee for president of the United States.  He had bashed Mexicans for being criminals and rapists, criticized the Chinese for tourism births (‘anchor babies’), made insensitive remarks about the Ebola crisis in West Africa, and touted the superiority of the white race over colored people.

Among the Latin countries boycotting the pageant in solidarity with Mexico are Panama, Costa Rica, Argentina, Venezuela, and Colombia — all perennial top ten finalists or title holders in the prestigious international beauty contest. Miss China has cancelled her trip to Las Vegas, as has Miss Japan, who is half black.  Countries in West Africa have also indicated they will not send their representatives to Las Vegas.

As of presstime, it wasn’t clear whether Miss Philippines will compete in this year’s pageant, although for a different reason.

Earlier reports indicate that a candidate for Philippine president, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, has asked the Philippines to withdraw the candidacy of Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, who was born in Germany.  Duterte is a known ‘birther’ and has questioned the candidacy of Senator Grace Poe, a foundling, whom the mayor says is ineligible to run for president because she is not a natural-born citizen.

The 2015 Miss Universe Pageant will be aired on Fox Channel.  This, after NBC and Univision severed their ties with Trump over his remarks on Mexicans.


imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has come out the leader in a new poll conducted by Pulse Asia, beating Senator Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

As Duterte supporters celebrated the new survey results, Pulse Asia issued a clarification that the poll was not about the people’s choice for president of the Philippines. Rather, it was a poll on who respondents think would be elected mayor of Davao City if elections were held this month.

Duterte is a declared candidate for Davao City mayor. He has yet to officially file his candidacy for president.


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