MISS PHILIPPINES PIA WURTZBACH’S NATIONAL COSTUME FOR MISS UNIVERSE: THUMBS UP OR THUMBS DOWN?

Pia Wurtbach's national costume for Miss Universe pageant
Pia Wurtbach’s national costume for Miss Universe pageant

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – After last year’s much-maligned national costume for Miss Philippines-Universe MJ Lastimosa, Binibining Pilipinas Charities is not taking any chances this time around.

Lastimosa’s national costume during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant held in Doral, Florida  was likened to a giant meringue wedding cake.  It was designed by Colombian Alfredo Barraza.

When reigning Miss Philippines-Universe Pia Wurtzbach takes to the stage for the next Miss Universe pageant, there will be no wedding cake and no Colombian designer — just an ethnically and multiculturally-inspired gown by one of the Philippines’ top fashion designers.

The design, unveiled today at the offices of the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, combines the elegance of a body-hugging beige gown with traditional butterfly terno sleeves, elements of the Singkil princess via a crown-like headdress, the intricate embroidery of the barong tagalog and the skillful weave of the banig (straw mat).  And yes, there are still some remnants of the flowers that adorned Lastimosa’s gown.

All in all, the elite fashionistas are calling the design a melting pot of Philippine culture, which will put Wurtzbach in strong competition with some of the best national costumes at the Miss Universe pageant.

What do our readers think of the  design?  Thumbs up or thumbs down? Vote below.

MCDONALD’S WILL SOON SERVE BREAKFAST ALL DAY; HAWAII RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS TO STAGE PROTEST

The McDonald's Spam, Portuguese Sausage, egg and rice breakfast platter
The McDonald’s Spam, Portuguese Sausage, egg and rice breakfast platter

CHICAGO, Illinois ( The Adobo Chronicles® ) –  Starting on October 6, you will be able order your Sausage or Egg  McMuffins or hotcakes at McDonalds — all day!

The fast-food giant is finally giving in to customer pleas to extend its breakfast menu beyond the current 10:30 a.m. cutoff, The Washington Post reports.

Previously, McDonald’s argued that its 14,000 franchise restaurants don’t have the capacity to make breakfast and everything else on their menu at the same time.  But with the slump in sales and growing competition from other fast food chains, McDonald’s says it can no longer afford to ignore its customers.

However, the all-day fare won’t include everything on the McDonald’s regular breakfast menu. Depending on the location, sausage burritos, hot cakes, Egg McMuffins and biscuit sandwiches will be served.

How about the Spam or Portuguese island breakfast served at McDonald’s locations in Hawaii?  Nope, says McDonald’s. “It will be too difficult to be slicing and frying spam and Portuguese sausage, scrambling eggs and cooking rice at the same time as preparing sandwiches and burgers.”

In protest of the decision to exclude the rice breakfast favorite of the islands, Hawaii residents and tourists will be picketing McDonald’s outlets on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island every day during the week of October 5 to press the fast food chain to reconsider its discriminatory decision.

The Adobo Chronicles® will be covering the protests live from Waikiki.  Stay tuned.

ASIAN AND HISPANIC JOURNALISTS DECRY MEDIA USE OF ‘ANCHOR BABY’

(Screen grab)
(Screen grab)

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Two of the national minority journalism organizations have issued advisories urging the media to refrain from using the term, ‘anchor baby,’ which commonly refers to a child born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents.

The Asian American Journalists Association  (AAJA) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) both called the term offensive and derogatory especially to the immigrant communities.

Republican presidential candidates have been focusing on illegal immigration in the campaign trail, calling for the building of great  walls along the U.S. border with Mexico and Canada, urging the Department of Homeland Security to deport all of the estimated 11 Million undocumented immigrants now in the country, and proposing an end to birthright citizenship as we know it.

The journalism groups suggested the use of alternative terms and labels, including ‘birth tourism,” and ‘babies born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents (or undocumented immigrants).

Additonally, AAJA proposed the use of ‘Anchor Bobby’ instead of ‘anchor baby.’

‘Bobby’ of course is Republican presidential candidate and Louisiana Governor Bobby (Piyush) Jindal, who was born in Baton Rouge in 1971, to an Indian mother.  At the time of birth, Jindal’s mom was a non-U.S. citizen which technically qualifies the governor to be called anchor baby … we mean Anchor Bobby.

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