imageManila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – World Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao has just been promoted to one-star general and will not be able to fight Floyd Mayweather on May 2, 2015.

The Philippine Star reports that Pacquiao is set to receive a rank of Commodore from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). It is the equivalent of Brigadier General in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Pacquiao is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the AFP’s Reserve Force.

PCG commander Commodore George Ursabia announced on Tuesday that Pacquiao will officially be granted the rank of Commodore in line with his membership with the PCG Auxiliary (PCGA).

The PCGA assists in the enforcement of maritime laws and promotes maritime safety in the country. The auxiliary group is also in charge of maritime search, rescue missions and marine environment preservation.

Pacquiao’s first assignment as Commodore is to lead an elite squadron that will patrol the South China Sea in the next six months. The Philippines is involved in a territorial dispute with China over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea just off the Philippine coast.

Because of this new assignment, the Filipino boxer, who is also an elected congressman, will not be available to fight the American boxer in the scheduled May 2 bout.

We salute General Pacquiao for his service to the country.


Mandaluyong, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It shocked the entire nation this week when government officials led by Philippines Justice Secretary Leila de Lima raided what we now know as VIP (Very Important Prisoner) jail cells at the National Penitentiary (New Bilibid Prison).

As reported earlier by The Adobo Chronicles, the raid discovered luxury jail cells occupied by some 19 convicted felons.  The cells included saunas, jacuzzis, sleep number beds, carpeting, airconditioning, disco lights, high-end electronics, even a life-sized inflatable sex toy. Also discovered were a stash of cash, jewelry and illegal drugs.

There’s more. One of the VIP cells had a recording studio, complete with a stage and equipment for recording music videos.

Enter Herbert Colangco, the inmate occupying the jail cell with the recording studio. He is serving jail sentence for bank robbery. It appears that he has, in fact, recorded a music video inside the VIP jail cell  — an original Tagalog song, Pa’no Yon. And boy, isn’t he good!

The music video recording had earlier been uploaded to YouTube, but few ever noticed or viewed it. But now that the VIP jail cells are in the headlines, the music video has resurfaced and in just 24 hours has become the No. 1 hit in the country. Many Filipino recording artists are very nervous and recording studios are competing to sign him up for recording contracts.

Television host and presidential sister Kris Aquino is desperately trying to book an exclusive interview with Colangco.  She needs the interview to help boost her show’s sagging rating.


imageManila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It could not bid to host a Winter Olympics because it has no winter season, so the Philippines is going for the Summer Olympics in 2024. It joins an elite group of developed countries and cities that have set their eyes on the next available open spot for Olympic host.

The Philippines’ announcement came on the heels of Tuesday’s meeting of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) during which four U.S. cities presented their bids to be the official U.S. city that would bid for the 2024 Olympics: San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Los Angeles. The USOC is expected to make its selection in January.

Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino, in making the announcement about his country’s intention to bid, said that it would be his greatest legacy and accomplishment if the Philippines were chosen as host of the 2024 Olympics.

“It will be a multi-city effort,” Aquino said, “with world-class sports venues already built and located in various parts of Metro Manila, including Rizal Park (Luneta) in Manila, the Mall of Asia in Pasay City,  the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, and the new Philippine Arena in Bulacan.” Aquino added that Makati City will provide facilities for an upscale Olympic Village to host the athletes of the world.

“We just need to work on the mass transit network to make it easy for both athletes and spectators to travel from one venue to another,” Aquino added.

The Philippine Olympic  Committee is currently preparing its presentation to the International Olympic Committee when it formally opens the bidding process.  In addition to the U.S., other countries that have expressed intention to bid to host the Olympics include Germany, Japan, Argentina, Paris and Rome.

Aquino even revealed the elaborate plan for an Olympic Opening Ceremony featuring the prison inmates from Cebu City whose Michael Jackson dance videos have become one of the most viewed dance videos on YouTube.

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