MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines holds many a world record, and here are just two of them: second in the most number of international beauty pageant crowns and first in the most number of Congress Deputy Speakers.
To quote an old tourism mantra: It’s more fun in the Philippines!
CARTAGENA, Colombia (The Adobo Chronicles, Miami Bureau) – A journalism graduate was crowned Miss Universe Colombia 2020 last Monday night. Laura Olascuaga, 25, of Bolivar, will be Colombia’s delegate to the Miss Universe 2020 pageant which will be held next year.
But the more exciting news was that the Philippines’ Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018 who was one of the judges, was finally given her due as a “dual citizen.”
In her introduction, she was referred to as Australian-born who represented the Philippines in the 2018 pageant. Truth be told.She was born in Cairns, Australia.
But her surname was also misspelled as “Garay” instead of “Gray.” But all’s well that ends well. “Garay” sounds perfectly more Filipino than “Gray.
The Miss Colombia organization has since apologized.
As the queen that she is, Garay, we mean Gray, took everything in stride.
TAGUIG CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Taguig Bureau) – Former House Speaker and Taguig Representative Alan Peter Cayetano has some great advice for Miss Taguig Sandra Lemonon: Be a sport!
Lemonon trended on social media after she revealed that one of the Miss Universe Philippines contestants (and possibly the winner) used packing tape to enhance her chances of winning the crown.
Cayetano, who was embroiled in a controversy over the term-sharing agreement regarding the House Speakership with Lord Allan Velasco, advised Lemonon to abide by the agreement and MUP rules she signed when she joined the pageant.
Good advice, Mr. Ex-Speaker! You, indeed, speak from valuable personal experience!