MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines prides itself for having bagged the Miss Universe crown four times, but the Miss Universe Organization has now issued a correction: the record stands at three Filipina title holders.
In a statement issued today in New Orleans, site of the 71st edition of the international beauty pageant, it was clarified that two of the title holders only count as one-half: Pia Wurtzbach, who is half German and Catriona Gray, who is half Australian.
The statement then proceeded to add another one-half to the Philippines’ winning record, citing that the new Miss Universe, R’Bonney Gabriel from Texas, U.S.A. is half-Filipina.
So as it stands, the Philippines has a total of 3.5 Miss Universe crowns. Still an impressive record.
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (The Adobo Chronicles, New Orleans Bureau) – It doesn’t matter that Celeste Cortesi didn’t even make it to the top 16. The Philippines nonetheless won its 4.5th Miss Universe Crown today when Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel was named the new Miss Universe.
Ms. Gabriel from Texas made headlines last year when she was crowned Miss USA, resulting in allegations of favoritism by other pageant contestants.
The new Miss Universe is half-Filipina which gave the Philippines an addition half point in terms of the number of Miss Universe crowns it has garnered.
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (The Adobo Chronicles, New Orleans Bureau) – What was supposed to be a heroic, flying moment for Miss Philippines Celeste Cortesi at the Miss Universe National Costume Competition has turned out to be a legal nightmare.
The estate of Mars Ravelo is suing Cortese for copyright infringement when she donned a “Darna” costume at the pageant this week.
Ravelo was a Filipino comic book cartoonist and graphic novelist who created many Filipino classics including Darna.
The Adobo Chronicles tried to reach Cortesi in New Orleans but her team told us she was busy preparing for the pageant finals and coronation this weekend.