CARACAS, Venezuela (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – All the controversy regarding the travel woes of Miss Philippines Samantha Lo are much ado about nothing.
Lo, who is the Philippines’ representative to the Miss Grand International being held here, was reported to to have been barred in Paris from continuing on to Venezuela because of “passport issues.”
Reports indicate that she had a “fake” Philippine passport, having obtained it from a “fixer.”
But all that doesn’t matter. As reported by ABS-CBN News, the local pageant organizer, Binibining Pilipinas Charities, confirmed Lo had a U.S. passport, proof she is a citizen of the United States.
With all that said, U.S.A. has two candidates for the Miss Grand International Crown.
How cool is that?
CARACAS, Venezuela (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – If it can happen to ex-Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario and ex-Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, it can happen to the Philippines’ representative to the Miss Grand International beauty pageant.
It will be recalled that both del Rosario and Morales were barred from entering Hong Kong for passport and other issues.
Now, it appears Miss Philippines Samantha Lo was initially unable to reach the pageant’s host country — Venezuela — due to “passport issues.” (She finally made it on second try.)
Lo’s case has fueled lots of speculation and comments from beauty pageant-loving netizens, saying that this should never have happened to their beauty queen.
Some criticized the local pageant organizer, Binibining Pilipinas Charities, for not taking good care of Lo’s travel documents.
Others speculated that the government of Venezuela didn’t want Lo to join the pageant because she was a big threat to its own candidate, Miss Venezuela. The Philippines and Venezuela are often neck-and-neck when it comes to winning international beauty crowns.
Still a few Pinoys surmised that Lo was holding a Chinese passport, instead of a Filipino passport.
All unfounded rumors, of course.
We wish Miss Philippines the best of luck. Bring home the bacon, ASF-free, we hope.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Forget about the elevated pedestrian walkways or the business coach on MRT. Senator Grace Poe has a new proposal to alleviate the almost insurmountable traffic crisis in Metro Manila, especially along EDSA.
Today, Poe — chair of the Senate Committee on Public Services — proposed the fielding of triple-deckers to replace the dilapidated city buses that now ply the Quezon City to Makati route.
Poe told The Adobo Chronicles that for each triple decker that is fielded on EDSA, “we can reduce the number of buses that clog the busy thoroughfare by three.”
The Senator said she plans to travel to Europe next month to observe the mass transportation system in the developed countries, particularly the use of double decker buses. “But we can do better,” she said. I’d like to see triple deckers instead.”