Tacloban City, Philippines – David Beckham may be the hottest and most famous man in the world of soccer, but apparently no one in Tacloban City, Philippines knows who he is.
Beckham is scheduled to spend Valentine’s Day in this Typhoon Haiyan-ravaged city in Central Philippines as part of a United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) effort to focus world attention on the plight of children and others whose lives were devastated by the most powerful typhoon to make landfall.
Ten out of ten local residents interviewed by The Adobo Chronicles had no clue on who Beckham was. Asked to venture a guess after being shown a photograph of Beckham, responses ranged from “Prime Minister of Great Britain” to “Vice President of the United States” to “the next James Bond.” Ironically, when a photo of Beckham’s wife was shown even to little kids, they were quick to answer, “Victoria, the Spice girl.”
Soccer or for that matter, football, is not a sport widely played in the Philippines, unlike basketball. There is a make-shift basketball court in every corner in many Philippine neighborhoods. Ask Filipinos to name their favorite international basketball star and you will immediately get responses like Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and yes, Dennis Rodman.
Manila, Philippines – The top ten list of countries with the most beautiful women is out, and the Philippines is not one of them. This, despite the fact that the Philippines has won the crown in all of the major international beauty pageants.
Other than the Philippines, only Venezuela and Brazil have similarly won all the major beauty pageants. Both Western countries are in the top ten list, with Brazil being rated number one.
The list was put out by UCityGuides, an international travel guide to the best destinations in the world.
“This is pure and simple discrimination,” said Joyce Ann Burton- Titular, a former Miss Philippines title holder and publisher of an internet site called Adventures of a Beauty Queen. “How can they possibly snub the Philippines when it practically won all the major beauty titles last year alone, including Miss World, Miss International and Miss Supranational,” Miss Burton-Titular said.
In reaction to this snub, a national coalition of women’s organizations in the Philippines is planning a Million March next week in Manila to publicly chastise UCityGuides and demand an apology.
Sochi, Russia – Dozens of athletes, mostly from the United States and Canada, were sickened just minutes after checking in at their designated quarters at the Sochi Olympic Village. Eyewitness reports indicate that the Olympians were being transported by ambulances to the nearest hospitals in the area. Many were suffering from nausea, vomiting and stomach flu.
Agents from Russia’s Ministry of Health immediately rushed to the scene to investigate the incident in the hopes of containing what was initially thought of as an epidemic.
It turned out that most of hospitalized athletes drank bottles of mouthwash provided in each of their living quarters. The labels on the bottles were written in Russian, and the athletes thought they were bottles of complimentary vodka.
As of press time, most were released from the hospitals and are expected to make it okay in time for Friday’s opening ceremony.