Category Archives: Diversity

Miss Universe Pageant To Scrap National Costume Competition Starting Next Year

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.

Filipino, Filipina? Senator Risa Hontiveros Proposes Something More Gender-Neutral: Filipinix

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – They’re called Americans, Germans, Italians, Canadians, Australians — regardeless of their gender.  But for Philippine citizens, they are referred to according to their gender: Filipino for males and Filipina for females.

Gender equality advocate Senator Risa Hontiveros wants to change that.

Today, she filed a Senate bill that would legislate a single term for Filipinos or Filipinas — Filipinix.

”It will just be more convenient for everybody to use a gender-neutral term when addressing Philippine citizens without having to offend either gender.  It will also make communication simpler,” she told The Adobo Chronicles.

Hontiveros, who recently fought for the passage of a SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression )  Equality bill, added that “Filipinix” will also be inclusive of transgender people who self-identify as men or women.

The Opposition Senator got the idea from a similar practice or initiative in the United States in which a gender-neutral neologism — Latinx — is sometimes used instead of Latino or Latina to refer to people of Latin American cultural or racial identity.

COMELEC Approves New Party-lists

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The next time Filipino voters go to the polls to vote for party-lists, there will be new accredited groups to choose from.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) today announced that it has unanimously approved the following:

  • The Kabataan party-list has been abolished. In its place, two new party-lists have been accredited: the Youth party-list and the Borderline party-list. The poll body said this would end all controversy and debate on who qualifies as ‘youth.’
  • Two new groups representing the Filipino transgender community have also been certified: the Pre-Op party-list and the Post-Op party-list. COMELEC says this move will be better reflect the diversity within the community.