HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – A headline today reads, “Hawaii Becomes First State To Ban Plastic Bags.” Yet, another headline from 2014 reads, “California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags.” Both headlines are from The Huffington Post.
Perhaps Huffington Post Hawaii is not talking to Huffington Post U.S. Mainland?
We’ll let our readers decide on which is more credible: Huffington Post or Huffington Post.
CITY OF DORAL, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles®) – The ongoing rift between Miss Universe Pageant owner Donald Trump and Univision has escalated in just the last 24 hours, and Mexico is turning out to be the biggest loser.
The rift began when Trump announced that he was running for president of the United States. During that announcement, the business mogul promised that if elected, he would close the southern border so that Mexico would stop sending “rapists, drug addicts and criminals.”
Reacting to Trump’s remarks, Univision, the largest Spanish-language network, said it will not be airing the upcoming Miss U.S.A. pageant or the 2016 Miss Universe Pageant.
Trump was unapologetic and today sent a strongly-worded letter to the Univision’s CEO, banning the network’s personnel from setting foot on the golf course and facilities of the Trump National Doral Miami, site of last year’s Miss Universe Pageant.
In addition, Trump said he was seriously considering Acapulco in Mexico as the site for the 2016 Miss Universe Pageant. But now that Univision has decided not to air the pageant, Trump said he is inclined to choose Manila in the Philippines as the site for the 2016 pageant. If held in Manila, the pageant will be broadcast live from the Mall of Asia.
Earlier, Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries in South America threatened to boycott the Miss Universe Pageant because of Trump’s tirade about Mexicans.
Upon hearing the news, current Miss Philippines-Universe title holder Pia Wurtzbach expressed disappointment because she said she had looked forward to traveling Mexico for the 2016 pageant.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles ® ) – The AdoboChronicles ® today announced the recipients of its 2015 Outstanding Achievement Awards in politics, media and socio-economic development.
The following honorees will be formally recognized and receive their award plaques at a gala event to be held on July 1, 2015, at the Manila Overseas Press Club headquarters on Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City (The occasion also marks the second anniversary of the Chronicles) :
Photobomber of the year – Torre de Manila for its successful backdrop appearance at Luneta Park, site of the Philippines’ national hero (Dr. Jose Rizal) monument. The controversial 49-story condominium project has also popped up in major U.S. cities like San Francisco, Honolulu, New York and St. Louis. (See previous Chronicles story)
Broadcaster of the Year- Kris Aquino. No other media personality has mastered the art of exposing his or her own private life than Ms. Aquino. Her talk shows and social media accounts are always full of exciting revelations about her career, her exes, kids and other love life, and her battle with STD.
Outstanding Mass Transportation – MRT. Thousands of Metro Manila commuters are out in the sun, standing in long queueseach day to get to the trains, not to mention getting to work or school late.
Pontius Pilate Award – President NoyNoy Aquino. It’s always someone else’s fault. He has mastered the art of washing his hands in public, just like this award’s namesake.
Best wedding cake design – Alfredo Barrazza. The Colombian fashion designer gained prominence with his concoction of a wedding cake gown for the Philippines’ bet in the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, MJ Lastimosa.
Newsmaker of the Year – Philippine Daily Inquirer. The newspaper made headlines when its banner headline announced the execution of Filipina convict Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia. “Death Came Before Dawn,” the headline read. Next morning, Veloso was seen being escorted back to her jail cell. Her execution was stayed by Indonesian authorities.
Outstanding Public Servant – Mar Roxas. The Philippines’ Interior and Local Government Secretary is seen everywhere— distributing relief goods to typhoon victims, carrying a sack of garlic on his shoulder, carrying a sack of rice on his shoulder, directing traffic in Metro Manila streets, and riding the MRT train during non-commute hours. Photo ops, they’re called.
Outstanding City Mayor – Binay, Binay and Binay! What would the city of Makati be like without Jejomar, Elenita and Junjun?
Outstanding Real Estate – Makati City Hall Building Garage, the cost of which is a staggering 1,000 times the rate of inflation.
Exporter of the Year – Canada. Does anyone know if the Canadian trash and toxic waste are still sitting in containers at Manila’s port?
Best Beauty Pageant Question Answer – It’s a tie between Miss Philippines-Universe Pia Wurtzbach (“Think before you click,” in answer to Internet censorship question) and Miss Philippines- Earth Angelia Gabrena Ong (“I’m all for sex marriage,” in answer to a question about same-sex marriage.)
Top Financial Investor – Catholic Bishops of the Philippines, always in the top ten list of stock investors. Unfortunately, your weekly contributions into the Sunday collection basket do not count as shareholder stocks.