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Miss Colombia’s De-Crowning No Big Deal, Not The First Time It Happened

From top, clockwise: Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Colombia Ariadna Guetierrez, Elsa Cabrera, and Cynthia Nath
From top, clockwise: Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Colombia Ariadna Guetierrez, Esabela Cabrera, and Synthia Nath

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s been called “the worst disaster in award show history,” “an epic fail,” and a “conspiracy” to boost the sagging ratings of the Miss Universe pageant and promote Steve Harvey’s television career.

Yes, we’re talking about last Sunday’s Miss Universe gaffe in which Harvey first announced the wrong winner, Miss Colombia, as the new title holder.  We now know that it was Miss Philippines who had actually won the competition.

But for devoted followers of beauty pageants, they know that this was not the first time a beauty queen was de-crowned.

In 2014, Synthia Nath sued the organizers of the Miss Globe New Zealand pageant after being stripped of her winner title that, according to organizers, belonged to “another Indian girl.”

The New Zealand Herald reported Nath, a 19-year-old Fiji native, was mistaken for the real winner of the pageant, which officials said was “another Indian” contestant named Loriza Latif. Organizers of the pageant said it was an “honest mistake” because the two girls “look alike.”

A year earlier, a judicial court in the Philippines ordered the organizers of a local beauty pageant, Mutya ng Pilipinas, to pay the amount of 1.1 Million pesos in damages to a dethroned winner in 1977, Esabela Cabrera.

Cabrera was stripped of the title and organizers gave the crown to first runner-up Annie Moraga, in addition to the cash and other prizes that would have gone to Cabrera.

Cabrera sued for the “lack of due processs” in stripping her of her title.

Now, now, don’t give Miss Colombia any ideas about suing the Miss Universe Organization for her botched title. (Although some Colombian lawyers have already thought of that, apparently!)


imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Each year, The Adobo Chronicles names its Person of the Year, choosing from among candidates who have made a significant impact on news and social media by grabbing the headlines for heroic deeds and statements relating to national or international events.

In 2013, we named Hollywood actor Jackie Chan, who has repeatedly survived news about his untimely demise. Last year, we named former Philippine Interior Secretary and now presidential candidate Mar Roxas for being the “man for the masses.”

For 2015, we were very conflicted.

Our short list included President Aquino, for being in a constant bubble, always proclaiming that the Philippines is the “new darling of Asia,” while ignoring the many ills and perils that the Filipino people continue to endure.

We also considered his sister, television host Kris Aquino, whose penchant for blabbering has made her the ‘queen of gossip,” oftentimes washing her dirty laundry — especially her private and family life — in public.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya was also on our list for the unending woes of Metro Manila’s nightmarish traffic and the beleaguered MRT (light railway) and for proclaiming that these problems “were not fatal.”

But after serious deliberations, our editors have finally made a unanimous choice: Jose Angel Honrado, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), under whose watch the now internationally-famous laglag bala became a trademark of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Laglag bala was an airport scheme in which scrupulous airport personnel “planted” live bullets in bags and luggage of unsuspecting airline passengers for the purpose of extorting money.

The scheme caused the cancellation of international gatherings, business meetings, family reunions by overseas Filipino workers (OFW), and the proliferation of a new cottage industry: plastic wrapping of checked-in luggage at NAIA.

Even President Barack Obama was advised by ther U.S. State Department to wrap his briefcase in plastic upon arriving in Manila for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit meeting last month.

It has also been reported that a Philippine Airlines flight from Honolulu left for Manila with no passengers, only the crew, because confirmed travelers refused to board the plane for fear of being victimized by the scheme once they landed in Manila.

But what made the editors truly convinced about bestowing this 2015 honor to Honrado was his testimony before a Senate hearing in which he told Senator Bongbong Marcos that he had no control over what happens at the airport, essentially confirming that he is being paid as general manager to do absolutely nothing.

Congratulations to our 2015 Person of the Year!


imageHOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Heneral Luna may have failed in its bid to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, but hopes are still high that Luna will be elected next president of the Philippines.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today released  the “first cut” list of foreign film submissions that still have the chance of being nominated for the Oscars, and Heneral Luna was not one of them.

But in the field of Philippine presidential politics, where all the declared candidates (Jejomar Binay, Grace Poe, Mar Roxas, Rodrigo Dueterte and Mirian Defensor-Santiago) seem to have some serious problems or baggage,  the chances of Heneral Luna being elected as a write-in candidate are getting better by the day.

If elected, Heneral Luna will go down in world history as the first ever to be elected president, post-mortem.