MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Filipinos worldwide couldn’t be more proud when Pope Francis personally attended the “Simbang Gabi” orgnized by Filipinos in The Vatican.
”Simbang Gabi” is a Philippine tradition involving a nine-day novena where Catholics attend early dawn masses in preparation for Christmas.
Francis, in his message during the Vatican Simbang Gabi, told Pinoys to be ‘smugglers of faith.’
That didn’t sit well with Filipinos in the Philippines and the entire diaspora. “There are smugglers amongst us, but not every Pinoy is a smuggler,” a Filipino now living in Rome told The Adobo Chronicles.
Looks like the Pope hit a nerve. Or shall we say pinched a nerve.
ATLANTA, Georgia (The Adobo Chronicles, Atlanta Bureau) – Thanks to Miss Phlippines, Miss Laos and other Miss Universe contestants, pageant organizers have announced that they will scrap the “National Costume Competition” starting next year.
Miss Philippines appeared in an over-the-top silver gown and oversized headdress. She was tucked in between two giant silver eagles which supposedly represented her country’s national bird.
Miss Laos, on the other hand, paraded with a huge elephant while making a political statement about protecting the Amazon rainforest.
”While we appreciate the time and effort put in by contestants and their designers to grab the most attention during the annual national costume competition, many costumes were not only outrageous but have not been representative of the contestants’ native countries,” a Miss Universe Organization spokesperson said.
”This year alone, we’ve seen eagles and elephants, a well as out-of-this-world headdresses that remind us of the San Francisco cabaret show, “Beach Blanket Babylon.”
Pageant officials also complained that the bulky costumes have caused serious space problems at the pageant venues, but have also irked the airlines because of the oversized luggage and baggage brought in by the Miss Universe hopefuls.
NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau ) – In order to impress, some people dress up — others dress down. Reality star Kim Kardasian-West chooses to do the latter.
West has been criticized for launching a new line pf shapewear which she is calling kimono.
Kimono is of course the Japanese attire associated with royalty, respect, dignity and cultural tradition, and it is universally recognized as a Japanese symbol, almost like the country’s flag.
It is therefore not surprising that West’scattempt to trademark her kimono has been met with fierce opposition on either side of the Pacific Ocean.
As a protester aptly declared: Kim has undressed the kimono!