Florence, Italy (The Adobo Chronicles) – It is one of the world’s most famous statues, representing the Renaissance ideal of the male physique, but Michelangelo’s David is in danger of collapsing because of its weak ankles, new tests have revealed.
The Telegraph (U..K.) reports that Italian scientists have found tiny fractures in the statue’s ankles which means it is at risk of toppling over. The tests by the National Research Council and Florence University confirmed what has long been feared – that the celebrated work has been weakened over the centuries by its great weight.
Since the report was published last week, the Accademia Gallery in Florence which houses the famed sculpture has been flooded with phone calls and emails from concerned citizens throughout the world – from Australia to Latin America. Unsolicited donations came pouring in, mostly cash clipped inside get well cards written in many languages.
For its part, the Philippine government launched a nationwide relief campaign to solicit in-kind donations for the beleaguered David. Former Philippine First Lady and now member of Congress Imelda Romualdez Marcos volunteered to head the campaign. Marcos has always been known to be a “patroness of the arts.”
In less than 24 hours after the campaign was launched, hundreds of packages have filled the temporary campaign headquarters at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Donations included high-priced antique chairs, bar stools, kitchen counter stools, designer wheelchairs and gold-plated crutches.
Filipinos sure know how to come to the aid of the ailing David.
Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Unlike in the United States, the vice president of the Philippines need not be from the same political party as the president. This mix and match scenario makes elections both highly competitive and interesting.
The next Philippine presidential elections is not until 2016 but already, dozens of politicians have positioned themselves to run for the top leadership positions of this country of close to 100 Million people. News names, old names (but mostly old names) have surfaced as “presidentiables,” a term coined by Filipinos to refer to people who can be in the running for president.
To assist the electorate to have well-informed opinions and decisions, The Adobo Chronicles is launching a series of polls matching possible candidates for the president and vice president combination.
We encourage our readers to participate in this worldwide poll. You can see poll results in real time. Oh, and you can vote as many times as you want, just like people do in the Philippines.
Los Angeles, California – What’s next for Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling after being dealt with a lifetime ban from the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a pocket change fine of $2.5 Million?
The unprecedented disciplinary action, announced in New York on Tuesday by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, is the fallout resulting from Sterling’s taped racist comments made to his girlfriend and leaked to TMZ.
Well, the billionaire has set his eyes on the very entertainment media company that caused this entire mess, TMZ. According to sources very close to Sterling, he has offered to buy the TMZ network for $1.5 Billion. TMZ is reportedly seriously considering the offer.
If the sale goes through, Sterling’s focus would be to spy on basketball team owners within the NBA with the goal of bringing them down with him. “I am confident TMZ investigative reporters will find some scandal involving each of these owners,” he reportedly said. Ultimately, the sources said, Sterling wants to take down the entire NBA.
For latest updates on this developing story, tune to CNN.
This Article has beeen UPDATED. We apologize for misnaming Donald Sterling as David Sterling in our earlier story. We were duped by a headline from The Telegraph of London.