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The very first Miss Universe (1952), Armi Kuusela
The very first Miss Universe (1952), Armi Kuusela

MIAMI, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles®) – After 63 years of existence, the Miss Universe Pageant is coming to an end, thanks to owner Donald Trump.

(The very first Miss Universe was Armi Kuusela from Finland, who shortly after being crowned in 1952, married a Filipino Virgilio Hilario, now deceased.  Kuusela has since remarried and now lives in San Diego, California)

After Mexico and Paraguay pulled out of the pageant because of Trump’s racist remarks about Mexicans — calling them “rapists, drug addicts and criminals” — the Republican presidential candidate knew a bigger fall out was about to happen.  Other Spanish-speaking countries are also considering dropping out of the international pageant.

Then came recent remarks by Trump, this time directed at African Americans.  “African American youth had reached a point where they’ve just about never done more poorly, there’s no spirit, there’s killings on an hourly basis virtually in places like Baltimore and Chicago and many other places,” he said during a campaign stop.

Trump also criticized his opponent, Jeb Bush,  saying that, “If Bush gets in, China will absolutely eat our lunch.”

And so the bigger fallout began:  countries in Africa are also pulling out of the Miss Universe pageant, in solidarity with African Americans.

Many Asian countries are also backing out from sending contestants to the pageant because of Trump’s comments about China.

Realizing that only European countries are left to participate in Miss Universe, Trump decided to cancel the pageant altogether.

“No big deal,” he said, “I’d rather be president of the United States than be an owner of a beauty pageant.

Trump has risen to the number two spot, behind Jeb Bush, in recent polls among Republican candidates for president.  Apparently, his racial rhetoric is working in his favor.



Serramonte Center, site of the world's largest community center (Google Maps)
Serramonte Center, site of the world’s largest community center (Google Maps)

DALY CITY, California (The Adobo Chronicles ®) – Daly City is about to lay claim to a Guinness record for the world’s largest ethnic-specific community center, and it’s going to be a Filipino community center.

The Daly City Council this week approved the 200,000 square-foot expansion and redevelopment of Serramonte Center, an 895,438 square-foot shopping mall on Highway 280, just south of San Francisco.

The proposed community center, when completed, will have a total area of over 1 Million square feet.  It will house a boxing arena, a basketball court, a 2,000-seat capacity Karaoke bar, and a high-tech theater specifically designed for beauty pageants. Jollibee, the famous Filipino fast food restaurant has won the bid to be the exclusive food place in the center.

The current businesses and occupants of the mall — including giant retailers like Target and Macy’s — have been given a 30-day notice to vacate so that construction of the community center can begin immediately.

Daly City has a population of more than 100,000, with Filipinos accounting for more than a third of the residents.  The city is often referred to as the San Francisco Bay Area’s “Little Manila,” although “little” is considered an understatement.

Informed sources tell The Adobo Chronicles®  that the community center project is funded by private investors, including Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.

It’s more fun in the Philippines, but so are the Filipinos – anywhere they are in the world. Especially in Daly City.


imageJACKSONVILLE, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Acuvue became the latest company brand to join the bandwagon celebrating the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

Acuvue (from “Accurate view”) is a brand of disposable contact lenses. They are made by Vistakon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and  is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Acuvue lens was introduced in 1987.

Today, Acuvue unveiled the latest addition to its long list of disposable contact lenses — the rainbow contacts.

It comes in both prescription and non-prescription versions.

“Either way, our customers will absolutely love the prism vision they will get from these (e)quality lenses,” a spokesperson for Acuvue said.