PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (The Adobo Chronicles, Seoul Bureau) – All eyes were on Pita Taufatofua, Tonga’s flag bearer at the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Once again, he marched shirtless and oiled as he waved his country’s red and white flag.
But Taufatofua could have met his match in the person of Michael Martinez, one of the Philippines’ two Olympians.
Alpine Skier Asa Miller carried the Philippine flag. But The Adobo Chronicles learned that figure skater Martinez wanted to go shirtless and oiled as the flag bearer to show his amazing body transformation since competing in the last Olympics.
Alas, the Philippine Olympic Committee had already named Miller as the flag bearer before Martinez came up with the proposal.
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has no qualms about returns. When controversy erupted over her award from the University of Santo Tomas Alumni Association, she gladly returned it.
Shortly thereafter, Uson was again the subject of ridilcule when she stated that Mayon Volcano was located in Naga City, Camarines Sur.
So, to silence her critics, she organized a team of her avid supporters to return Mayon Volcano to its rightful place — in Albay. And the volunteers did it Bayanihan style!
KALIBO, Aklan (The Adobo Chronicles, Iloilo Bureau) – It’s that time of year when Kalibo transforms into a mardi-gras world to celebrate the Ati-Atihan Festival, commemorating the feast of the Sto. Niño, or the child Jesus.
The Catholic Church — despite the festival’s commercialization for decades now — maintains that Ati-Atihan remains, and should remain, a religious festival.
And so, when a Mr. and Miss Bikini Open was held in conjunction with the festivities, Fr. Joesel Quan cried ‘foul.’ He bemoaned the attire of the contestants.
However, a young altar boy close to Fr. Quan, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Adobo Chronicles that the real reason the priest was concerned and disappointed was because the chosen bikini attires of the contestants were not ‘revealing enough.’
”Father was so looking forward to the event, and even volunteered to be a judge. But when all was said and done, he was not happy and instead publicly complained about the impropriety of the extra-curricular event.