PHILIPPINES SNUBBED IN TOP TEN LIST OF COUNTRIES WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, MILLION MARCH PLANNED

imageManila, Philippines – The top ten list of countries with the most beautiful women is out, and the Philippines is not one of them. This, despite the fact that the Philippines has won the crown in all of the major international beauty pageants.

Other than the Philippines, only Venezuela and Brazil have similarly won all the major beauty pageants.  Both Western countries are in the top ten list, with Brazil being rated number one.

The list was put out by UCityGuides, an international travel guide to the best destinations in the world.

“This is pure and simple discrimination,” said Joyce Ann Burton- Titular, a former Miss Philippines title holder and publisher of an internet site called Adventures of a Beauty Queen. “How can they possibly snub the Philippines when it practically won all the major beauty titles last year alone, including Miss World, Miss International and Miss Supranational,” Miss Burton-Titular said.image13.jpg

In reaction to this snub, a national coalition of women’s organizations in the Philippines is planning a Million March next week in Manila to publicly chastise UCityGuides and demand an apology.

PHILIPPINES TO BE REPRESENTED BY THE BIGGEST DELEGATION EVER AT THE SOCHI OLYMPICS

Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez
Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez

Sochi, Russia – For a country that has never experienced snowfall, or seen ice other than in the local favorite shaved ice snack called halo-halo, it is quite impressive that the Philippines will have the biggest delegation in this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics, next only to the United States.

After a 22-year absence, the Philippines will be represented in the Winter Olympics by figure skater, 17-year-old Michael Christian Martinez, who will carry the red, white, blue and yellow Philippine flag at tomorrow’s opening ceremony.  Marching behind Martinez will be his mother, father, grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, godparents, cousins, in-laws, pastor of his Catholic church parish in his native Muntinlupa, principal and his entire class at his school, his coach and coach’s wife and children, his hairdresser, costume designer, massage therapist, personal physician and nurse and some unnamed Philippine senators, congressmen and local officials handpicked by Philippine president NoyNoy Aquino.

(This is far from unusual, as far as the Philippines is concerned.  It is consistent with a revered Filipino tradition called sabit meaning “to cling.”)

One hundred million Filipinos will be watching the opening ceremony and cheering for their favorite “son.”  It could yet break records in terms of television viewership in the Philippines and might surpass the record numbers during Manny Pacquiao’s boxing fights or the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant.

The Adobo Chronicles wishes Martinez all the best in the skating competition.

DOZENS OF U.S. AND CANADIAN ATHLETES SICKENED AT SOCHI OLYMPIC VILLAGE

image13.jpgSochi, Russia – Dozens of athletes, mostly from the United States and Canada, were sickened just minutes after checking in at their designated quarters at the Sochi Olympic Village.  Eyewitness reports indicate that the Olympians were being transported by ambulances to the nearest hospitals in the area.  Many were suffering from nausea, vomiting and stomach flu.

Agents from Russia’s Ministry of Health immediately rushed to the scene to investigate the incident in the hopes of containing what was initially thought of as an epidemic.

It turned out that most of hospitalized athletes drank bottles of mouthwash provided in each of their living quarters.  The labels on the bottles were written in Russian, and the athletes thought they were bottles of complimentary vodka.

As of press time, most were released from the hospitals and are expected to make it okay in time for Friday’s opening ceremony.

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