Michael Sam
Michael Sam

Atlanta, Georgia (The Adobo Chronicles) – History was made today when the St. Louis Rams picked the first openly gay player ever to be drafted in the NFL. Michael Sam will join the Rams in the next NFL season.

It was a big win for Sam and the lgbt community but the biggest winner was CNN.

As soon as NFL vice president of game operations Mike Kensil walked to the podium at Radio City Music Hall in New York and announced the selection of Sam, pandemonium filled the newsroom at CNN’s Atlanta headquarters. Producers, news directors and anchors were high-fiving each other and popping bottles of champagne.

For several weeks now, CNN was getting very nervous because it was running out of news material for its 24-hour cable broadcast.  It has spent several months covering and discussing the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines  Flight 370. To this day, CNN could only report that the search operations for the doomed plane or debris have turned up nothing – zero, nada, zilch. CNN anchors, pundits and self-proclaimed expert analysts have run out of theories, speculation and wishful thoughts on what happened to the Boeing 777 jetliner. They’ve also run out of props (toy planes, etc).

The NFL draft announcement would  give CNN a good 90 days of continuous coverage and it has lined up guests and experts who will discuss, analyze, and speculate on the aftermath of Sam’s unprecedented draft.

CNN Newsroom has already scheduled segment topics such as ‘The Future of NFL,’ ‘Locker Room Politics’ and ‘Heterosexuality, Homesexuality and the new NFL.’



The San Miguel Corporation logo: soon to be the official seal of a new Philippine Republic?
The San Miguel Corporation logo: soon to be the official seal of a new Philippine Republic?

Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – San Miguel Corporation is best known for San Miguel Beer, but this Philippine company has extensive investments in fuel, power generation, food, agriculture, aviation, finance and infrastructure. It is on the list of Forbes 2000 largest public companies in the world.

Among its latest capital investments is the ambitious plan to build a new international airport in Manila. The existing airport, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has long exceeded its maximum capacity and has, in fact, earned the reputation as the worst international airport in the world.

Inside Manila's Airport Terminal
Inside Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal

The new airport plan will involve reclaiming (land fill) parts of Manila Bay in order to build up to four runways. Manila Bay has already been chipped away to make room for hotels, a huge shopping mall, casinos and other infrastructure. Initially, the planned airport will be used exclusively by Philippine Airlines (PAL) but will eventually be opened up to foreign airlines. San Miguel Corporation owns 49% of PAL stocks.

Since San Miguel Corporation now practically controls major aspects of Filipinos’ daily lives, and with the increasing inability of the government to manage the country, some influential legislators have proposed to rename the Philippines from ‘Republic of the Philippines’ to ‘Capitalist Republic of San Miguel,’ and to turn over management of the government to San Miguel Corporation.

Filipinos seem nonchalant about the proposal. In fact, many are drinking to that! As an advertising meme aptly proclaims: “Mag- beer muna tayo!” (Let’s first have a beer). San Miguel beer of course.

Related News: San Miguel Corporation To Build, Manage Toll Road in Manila


Mayweather, left, and Bieber
Mayweather, left, and Bieber

San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – It may be a weird combination, but a teen singing idol and a champion boxer have both put their money where their mouth is.

Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather just  announced that they have invested millions of dollars in research to find a cure for selfitis – the mental disorder that involves the obsessive-compulsive urge to take pictures of one’s self and post them on the Internet.

Recently, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) officially classified selfie-taking as a mental disease. It identified three levels of the disease: borderline, acute and chronic selfitis.

imageBieber and Mayweather decided to back  an app called ‘Shots of Me’ — marketed by a  San Francisco-based company, RockLive.  The app is an iOS-based selfie sharing network that can be downloaded free from Apple’s AppStore.

While the app actually encourages selfies and may cause selfitis, Bieber and Mayweather have said that 100% of their investment earnings from RockLive will be donated to the National Institutes for Research to be used exlusively to find a cure for selfitis.



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