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Miss Philippines Earth 2014 Winners (Photo by Rom Titular for ABQ)
Miss Philippines Earth 2014 Winners (Photo by Rom Titular for ABQ)

Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The organizer of a Philippine beauty pageant was under questioning last week by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for the reported passing away of a contestant due to over-dieting.

The incident happened during the pre-pageant rehearsals for  Miss Philippines Earth 2014, when one of the contestants, Pircelyn Pialago told reporters that her roommate, Leslie Pine, passed away due to hunger.

It is common knowledge that aspiring beauty queens sometimes starve themselves to death in order to stay fit and slim for the contest. The NBI wanted to know whether the pageant organizer intentionally starved the contestants in order to showcase a better line-up of pageant ladies.

After completing its inquiry, the NBI determined that there was no crime or foul play committed. Apparently, Pialago meant to say that her roommate “passed out” and not “passed away.”

As a result of this embarrassing situation, the pageant organizer said that beginning next year, contestants to Miss Philippines Earth will undergo a week-long English grammar lessons as part of the pre-pageant activities.

Ms. Pine is alive and kicking, but didn’t win the coveted crown. Neither did Ms. Pialago.

(Former Beauty Queen Joyce Burton Titular of ‘The Adventures of a Beauty Queen’ contributed to this report.)




Filipino activists protesting mandatory HIV testing (Photo:
Filipino activists protesting mandatory HIV testing (Photo:

Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) is seriously pushing for the amendment of Republic Act 8504 or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998 in order to allow for the implementation of mandatory human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening, particularly for high-risk groups.

In a press briefing, Dr. Lyndon Lee, spokesman for the DOH clarified that the mandatory HIV screening they have been pushing would not be for the general public. “There are talks going around that mandatory HIV screening means requiring all Filipinos to submit themselves to test, we don’t mean it that way,” he said.

Lee said the proposed mandatory testing will only be for heterosexual Filipino married men who he said are at the highest risk for HIV because of  their secret rendezvous during their out of town ‘business trips.’

“In our ‘macho society,’ ” Lee said, “it is the male heterosexual Filipino men who least practice protected sex with their spouses, mistresses and out-of-town flings because they feel they are less vulnerable to HIV exposure than the traditional high-risk groups like men who have sex with men, injection drug users and sex workers.  Lee added that these men are the least likely to use condoms for fear that if they do, their spouses would suspect that they are cheating on them or are having an extra-marital affair.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, still feeling betrayed by the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, has refused to comment on the DOH proposal.  The RH law provides for the distribution of condoms and birth control devices at government clinics.






Rove rapping and dancing in 2007
Rove rapping and dancing in 2007

Washington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Republican strategist Karl Rove publicly questioned Hillary Clinton’s health last week, raising concerns about the damage she sustained during a fall in December 2012 that doctors say resulted in a blood clot.

According to the New York Post’s Page Six, Rove insinuated that Clinton suffered from more than a blood clot while onstage at a conference. The Post reported that Rove said, “Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.”

Today, the former chief of staff during George W. Bush’s presidency, apologized to Clinton who is the Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination. Rove admitted that he, not Clinton, has brain damage, citing episodes ranging from memory loss and impeded analytical ability to erratic dancing.

Many will recall that in 2012, Rove kept on insisting on FOX News that Mitt Romney, not Barack Obama, had won the presidential elections. Rove also made news in 2007 when he was caught on video rapping and dancing like a runaway robot during a broadcasters’ black-tie dinner.

In his public apology, aired on CNN, FOX and MSNBC, Rove asked for Clinton’s pardon and wished her well in her  “quest to clinch the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination from Barack Obama.” (See what Rove means about memory loss?)

Rove also announced that he was voluntarily committing himself to an unnamed rehabilitaion facility in Salt Lake City, Utah.