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Cyrus (Photo by Getty Images)
Cyrus at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards

HOLLYWOOD, California  (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – The movers and skakers of the American television industry have just had it with indecent exposure on live TV and on the red carpet at awards shows.

In a rare move by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) with the full support of all major U.S. television networks, a memorandum of agreement has been signed that will ban all indecent exposure by actors, singers and entertainers on live TV and at all red carpet ceremonies in awards shows.

The move came soon after pop singer Miley Cyrus appeared on the red carpet at last night’s MTV Video Musis Awards, wearing a top that barely covers her upper torso.

“It is time that we take back the decency and family-oriented nature of television and ban entertainers from exposing themselves before viewers, among them children and teens,” the agreement stated. “We will also blacklist any entertainer who claims ‘wardrobe malfunction’ during live performances.

The initial list of those banned from future live TV appearances included Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Janet Jackson.

MPAA is an American trade association that represents the six major Hollywood studios.

NCTA is the major trade organization for the American cable television industry.


imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – It’s official. Philippines President NoyNoy Aquino now holds the Guinness World Record for the longest State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Aquino delivered his last SONA Monday night before a joint session of Congress. From his first word to the last, it took him two hours and ten minutes, beating all other lenghty SONAs anywhere in the world.

In the U.S., most presidents keep their State of the Union Address (SOTU) under one hour, although occasionally they would go over. President Bill Clinton holds the U.S. record for the longest SOTU for his January 27, 2000 address which ran for one hour, twenty eight minutes and forty nine seconds.

Aquino’s SONA was occasionally interrupted by brief applause, yawns, a sip of water and his smoker’s cough.

The Guinness World Record will go down in history as the greatest legacy of any Philippine president, dead or alive.

Click HERE for highlights of Aquino’s last SONA.



imagePARIS, France (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today honored the Philippines with another World Heritage Site designation, this time for Torre De Manila. The 46-storey condominium project at Luneta Park in Manila joins Vigan City, in Ilocos Sur in receiving this prestigious designation.

The announcement was made by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in ceremonies held at the Place de Fontenoy, the U.N. body’s headquarters in Paris.

UNESCO’s three-fold mission is to build intercultural understanding, pursue scientific cooperation, and protect freedom of expression. It created the idea of World Heritage to protect sites of outstanding universal value.

In her statement, Bokova said:

“Torre De Manila is the best example of urban planning, rising from the hallowed ground just steps away from the burial site of the Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.”

“It has withstood a persistent wave of nationalistic uprising while standing tall and firm amid bureaucratic obstacles and political favors. It is a symbol of the indomitable spirit of the Filipinos, and is a testament to the centuries-long divide between the haves and the have-nots.”

“Torre De Manila fuses the past with the future, ensuring that the next generation of Filipinos will draw inspiration from the heroism and courage of their heroes as well as the tactless perseverance and resiliency of those who built, or who allowed to build, this monumental heritage never before seen anywhere in ancient and modern times.”

Upon hearing the news , Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada declared a non-working holiday for the entire city to allow its citizens to fittingly celebrate this momentous occasion.