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PHILIPPINES DROPS OUT OF MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT

Reigning Miss Philippines-Universe Pia Wurtzbach
Reigning Miss Philippines-Universe Pia Wurtzbach

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles®) – The Philippines became the first Asian country to drop out of the Miss Universe pageant in protest over Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants. It is joining several Latin American countries in boycotting the most popular international beauty competition owned by Trump.

Earlier, Mexico dropped out of the pageant, followed by Panama. More Latin American countries are expected to follow suit.

The Philippines has close historical ties with Mexico, dating back to the days of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade which began in the 16th century.  The country was also colonized by Spain for more than three centuries.

Mexico (1991, 2010) and the Philippines (1969, 1973)  each have two Miss Universe title holders, while Panama has one (2002 runner-up Miss Panama took over as Miss Universe after the winner, Miss Russia, was dethroned four months into her reign). All three countries have previously hosted the Miss Universe pageant.

So what happens with reigning Miss Philippines-Universe Pia Wurtzbach (who has been romantically linked to President NoyNoy Aquino)? Perhaps, she can become the queen of Malacañang, the presidential palace. But that remains to be just a rumor.

Actually, the Philippines has decided to send two representatives to this year’s Miss World Pageant, one of them being Wurtzbach.

Double the chances for the crown,  eh?

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DONALD TRUMP ANGERS ASIANS AND ASIAN AMERICANS

China's Great Wall
China’s Great Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about Mexicans continue to wreak havoc on his business relationships, first with Univision, then NBC Universal, and now Macy’s. All have severed their ties with the presidential candidate.

Now, he has also angered Asians and Asian Americans for proposing to build a “great wall” on the U.S. southern border to keep Mexicans out.

Asians took offense with the comment, saying that Trump practically disrespected one of the world’s greatest wonders — the Great Wall of China — and what it represents.

The Great Wall — or the majority of it — was built during China’s Ming Dynasty, considered one of the greatest eras of orderly government and social stability in human history. “In using a reference to the Great Wall in his misguided tirade against what he believed to be Mexican rapists, drug addicts and criminals, Trump has belittled  a world symbol of greatness, determination and resiliency,” a spokesperson for an Asian American coalition said.

So, not only has Trump lost the Latino vote, but also the Asian American vote. Ironically, a new poll shows Trump surging to second place behind former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in the crowded race for the Republication nomination for president.

Maybe, his message of keeping America free of non-white people is resonating with many conservative voters?

SAN FRANCISCO TO HOST GINGER PRIDE IN 2016

imageSAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles ®) – It’s been a great year to be proud. The 2015 Pride celebration in San Francisco will go down in history as the most celebrated LGBT event ever, happening just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.

So, what’s the next big thing in San Francisco? Ginger Pride.

The Dutch are to hold their tenth successive Roodharigendag festival, otherwise known as Redhead Day and the UK’s first Ginger Pride Walk was hosted in Edinburgh – with a throng of Scottish marchers standing up against gingerism and bluey bullying.

San Francisco doesn’t want to be left behind. After all, it is the city that pioneered gay marriage in the U.S.  So, it is planning for the first ever Ginger Pride in the country to honor what seems to  be a diminishing breed.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee issued a nationwide call for all ginger-haired people to gather in the city in the summer of 2016 for the first U.S. Ginger Pride Celebration.

A sea of ginger-haired people will fill several blocks of Market Street in a grand parade, followed by a ginger festival at the Civic Center Plaza. City Hall at night will light up for an entire week in ginger color.

Lee’s invitation is open to all naturally ginger-haired people only which disappointed many in the gay, as well as Filipino communities. But the mayor explained that the goal of the festival is to draw national attention to bullying constantly experienced by authentic gingers.

One San Francisco ginger praised the decision saying that she is always approached by people in bars, malls and even at work, with the question, “Wow, your hair is lovely! Where did you get it done?”

Hollywood actress Emma Stone will be the parade’s grand marshal. Although she is a natural blonde, the Ginger Pride Committee thought she represents the perfect ginger. And she’s a celebrity that would draw crowds to this fun event.