BEAUTY PAGEANT BAN FOR PHILIPPINES LIFTED

Newly-crowned 2013 Miss Earth, Alyz Henrich of Venezuela (Photo credit: Rappler.com)
Newly-crowned 2013 Miss Earth, Alyz Henrich of Venezuela (Photo credit: Rappler.com)

Muntinlupa City, Philippines  (EXCLUSIVE to The Adobo Chronicles) – Last month, The Adobo Chronicles broke the story about the decision by the Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH) to disqualify the Philippines from international beauty pageants in the next two years, along with Venezuela and Brazil.  The decision was based on the  extraordinary record of the three countries in winning the titles of the major beauty pageants and for consistently making it to the top 5 in the pageant finals.  Close to three million netizens took to Facebook and Twitter to protest that decision, but the ABPFH did not budge.

Yesterday, however, the ABPFH announced that it has lifted the ban for both the Philippines and Brazil after winners of the 2013 Miss Earth Beauty Pageant held in the Philippines were named.  Miss Venezuela, Alyz Henrich, won the title. Miss Brazil didn’t make it to the top 16.  Although Miss Philippines Angelee de los Reyes was among the 8 finalists, ABPFH said it wasn’t good enough to maintain the Philippines’ winning streak of always being in the top 5.

Venezuela, Brazil and the Philippines hold the record of having won the title for all the major international beauty pageants. Venezuela  added another feather to its cap when it won the 2013 Mr. International Pageant held in Jakarata, Indonesia last month.

It remains to be seen whether Filipino netizens will praise the ABPFH decision to lift the ban for the Philippines or criticize it for dismissing and devaluing  the “top 8” performance of Miss Philippines.

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CNN HIRES KIM KARDASHIAN FOR PRIME TIME

Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian

Atlanta, Georgia –  After almost a year of tinkering, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has concluded that a news channel cannot subsist on news alone. So he is planning much broader changes for the network—including a prime-time shakeup that’s likely to make CNN traditionalists cringe.

In the first of what was expected to be a series of announcements on new programming, Zucker – who admits his name sounds like “hooker,”  revealed that CNN has signed a 3-year contract with reality TV personality Kim Kardashian to anchor a prime time hour-long show titled “KKG 24/7.” Kardasian will discuss with invited pundits the latest gossip in politics, entertainment and world events.” “KKG” is the acronym for Kim Kardashian Gossip.

“KKG 24/7” will reportedly replace Anderson Cooper’s “AC 360.” It isn’t known whether “AC 360” will go off the air.

Last month, The Adobo Chronicles reported that Cooper has been nominated by President Obama to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, after his outstanding live coverage of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Now that Cooper has been bumped off CNN, will he finally become Ambassador Cooper?

MARTIN BASHIR OUT, SARAH PALIN IN, AT MSNBC

martinpalinNew York, New York (EXCLUSIVE to The Adobo Chronicles) – The big news at MSNBC is the resignation Wednesday of Martin Bashir, the British journalist who became famous for the television film “Living with Michael Jackson” in which he interviewed the late pop singer over a span of eight months.  Prior to joining MSNBC, Bashir was employed at ABC. Until his resignation, Bashir was a political commentator for MSNBC and a correspondent for Dateline NBC.

Bashir’s decision to quit was prompted by a commentary he made last month against Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice-presidential nominee, in which he criticized her for statements comparing American debt to slavery, saying she deserved the same kind of humiliating and degrading treatment that some slaves faced. Ms. Palin herself, was a commentator/consultant for the rival network Fox News.

In announcing Bashir’s resignation, MSNBC issued a separate statement saying that it has hired Palin to replace Bashir. “We thought that hiring Ms. Palin to replace Bashir would show our sincerity in not condoning Bashir’s controversial comments on our network,” said Phil Griffin, MSNBC president. “It is the perfect apology, no doubt,” he added.

Bashir is no stranger to controversy. In 2008, while keynoting the gala banquet of the Asian American Journalists Association at the UNITY:Journalists of Color convention in Chicago, he remarked about how exciting it was for him to be in a room of great looking “Asian babes” and then added that he was glad he was standing behind a podium so no one could see how excited he really was.

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