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Manila Mayor Joseph Rstrada, center, presents the candidates of Miss Gay Manila 2015
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, center, presents the candidates of Miss Gay Manila 2015

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The Philippines is making history with the launch of the first Miss Gay Manila in the nation’s capital.

Having a gay beauty pageant is far from being a first. What makes Miss Gay Manila 2015 one for the record is that the pageant is sponsored by no less than the government. Now that would make Miss Universe Pageant owner Donald Trump nervous and threatened.

At today’s press presentation of the candidates, Manila Mayor (and former Philippines president) Joseph Estrada was on hand to give a kiss to each aspiring beauty queen.

The grand coronation will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on May 20, 2015.

“The most energetic, witty, optimistic and confident candidate can get a chance to be crowned as the first ever winner of this prestigious pageant that promotes equality among all genders,” Estrada told reporters.

Estrada received a thunderous applause when he announced that the winner of this pageant will represent the City of Manila in the next Miss Philippines contest to choose the country’s representative to the 2016 Miss Universe Pageant.

Prizes at stake are P500,000 cash for the Grand Winner of Miss Gay Manila 2015, P200,000 for the First Runner-up and P100,000 for the Second Runner-up. The prize winnings will be exempted from local government taxes. However, they will be subject to national government tax by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), according to BIR Commissioner Kim Henares.


imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The 5-member English band One Direction is now a quartet, after one of its members, Zayn Malik quit the group just as it was scheduled to stage a concert in Manila.

No reason was given for Malik’s sudden resignation, but many are speculating that it was because of the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration’s decision to impose a marijuana bond on Malik and one other band member to ensure that the duo will not smoke or promote the smoking of weed during their Philippine concert tour.  The Philippines had earlier imposed the payment of a bond in the amount of two hundred pesos each for the duo which would be forefeited if they are caught smoking or promoting MJ during their Philippines visit.

Upon learning of the news, thousands of Filipino music fans stormed the concert venue at the Mall of Asia demanding a refund of their concert  tickets, saying that they paid for five band members, not four.

As of press time, it wasn’t clear whether or not the concert will even be held as scheduled.

It is a a clear sign that no foreign group can mess with Filipinos.


imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It was one of the most powerful, fist-clenching scenes ever seen on Philippine cinema, with a true-to-life character played by multi-awarded Filipina actress Nora Aunor.

The scene:

Aunor calling for the resignation of President Noynoy Aquino in a stirring speech at a rally by Migrante International, a support group for overseas Filipino workers.

In her strongly worded speech delivered in Filipino, Aunor lambasts the chief executive for the government’s labor export policy and called him “a puppet and the scourge of migrant Filipinos.”

But wait.

This is no longer just a scene from a movie. It is for real. It is the real Nora Aunor participating and speaking at a rally commemorating the 20th death anniversary of Flor Contemplacion, the domestic helper who was controversially executed for the alleged murder of another Filipina maid in Singapore in 1995.

Aunor portrayed Contemplacion in Joel Lamangan’s “The Flor Contemplacion Story” that same year. She won Best Actress in the Gawad Urian, the Film Academy of the Philippines, the Star Awards for Movies, the Young Critics Circle, and the Cairo International Film Festival.

Last year, Aunor was snubbed for the National Artist award despite being nominated by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts following a three-year vetting process.

Asked by reporters about his reaction to Aunor’s speech, President Aquino said, “Eh, sour grapes!”

Meanwhile, presidential sister Kris Aquino said she was withdrawing her earlier offer to pay for Aunor’s airfare to seek surgical operation of her vocal cords abroad. “She’s either with us, or against us,” the younger Aquino said about Aunor.