Who will be the first Miss MRT?
Who will be the first Miss MRT?

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Earlier this week, The Adobo Chronicles broke the news story about a new Philippines beauty pageant that seeks to crown a new railway queen — Miss MRT.

Today, the panel of preliminary judges selected the new pageant’s 13 finalists. Here they are in random order:

  1. Miss North Avenue Station
  2. Miss Quezon Avenue Station
  3. Miss GMA Kamuning Station
  4. Miss Cubao Station
  5. Miss Santolan – Anapolis Station
  6. Miss Ortigas Station
  7. Miss Shaw Boulevard Station
  8. Miss Boni Avenue Station
  9. Miss Guadalupe Station
  10. Miss Buendia Station
  11. Miss Ayala Station
  12. Miss Magallanes Station
  13. Miss Taft Station

The finals will be held on December 15, on the anniversary of the opening of the MRT.

Organizers also announced the venue of the pageant finals — the North Avenue Station Platform.

The public can vote online for their  favorite candidate. The top online vote-getter will automatically be included in the 5 finalists. To vote, go to http://www.MissMRT.Ph.net.

Manny Pacquiao will be among the judges in the finals. He enjoyed his being a judge at the last Miss Universe Pageant held in Florida that he paid the MRT Authority One Million Pesos to name him a judge in this new pageant.

(iReporter BrainRays contributed to this report)




imageFebruary 10, 2015

Dear Mr. Jon Stewart:

It is with a very heavy heart that we learned of your announcement that you will be leaving The Daily Show this year.

You know we are one of your biggest fans.

When we started The Adobo Chronicles in June of 2013, we were a struggling, clueless newbie, wanting to try our luck in the competitive world of the unbelievable yet amazing news business, of which you were the undisputed master.

When we published the book version of our news site, you graciously agreed to provide us with a quote, so honest but humbling to us.  You said we were “the biggest threat to your career.”

We so appreciated your comment, but didn’t think you were serious about it.

But today, with your upsetting announcement, we feel very guilty that your comment then was nothing but a very serious assessment of the threat that we posed to your great career. We are very sorry that we are now the reason for the end of your wonderful show. We are not worthy of your expressed fears back then, and we can’t believe that what you said is now coming to fruition.

While we are elated that we are credited for the downfall of your career, we, in our very Christian orientation, cannot believe that we have caused you this devastating end to your career.

Please accept our sincere apologies, and we hope you would consider contributing articles to our news site.

Very sincerely,

The Adobo Chronicles


Miss Aviation and her royal court (Photo credit: adventuresofabeautyqueen.com
Miss Aviation and her royal court (Photo credit: adventuresofabeautyqueen.com

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The Philippines holds the distinction of being in an elite circle of nations that have won all of the major international beauty pageants — from Miss Universe to Miss International to Miss World.  And then some.

Beauty contests are a national preoccupation in the Philippines. Every Barangay (neighborhood political unit), town fiesta, school or university, government agency and private company in the country has its own beauty queen. Not to mention each Rotary Club, Lions Club, and Jaycees Club. Even the Catholic Church has its own queen, Reyna Elena, during the annual May cultural-religious festival pageant — the Santacruzan.

Last night, yet another beauty queen was crowned — Miss Aviation, 17-year-old Cleo Margaret Brown — whose first job is to represent the Aviation community at this week’s Hot Air Balloon Festival in what used to be the U.S. Clark Air Force Base north of Manila.

Today, Ramon Buenafe, the new general manager for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), Metro Manila’s controversial and problem-plagued mass transport system, announced yet a new beauty pageant.

The search is on for Miss MRT whose primary responsibility is to flash a beautiful smile and wave to the hordes of MRT passengers who have to fall in (long) lines to get to the crowded trains, especially during heavy commute hours.

Buenafe hopes that his novel idea will help ease the anger and frustration coming from passengers who were slapped with a fare hike early this year despite escalating concerns of overcrowding and safety within the train system.

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