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Miss Philippines-Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (The Adobo Chronicles) – Now it can be revealed. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines, will be wearing a blue and silver evening gown during the Miss Universe Pageant to be held in Las Vegas on December 20.

There has been so much speculation about what Wurtzbach will wear, following last year’s much-ridiculed national costume worn by MJ Lastimosa.  Many compared it to a giant wedding cake.

We would like to poll our readers about what they think of this year’s evening gown for our Miss Universe hopeful.  Thumbs up or down?

To view the evening gowns of all contestants, click HERE.



LAS VEGAS, Nevada  (The Adobo Chronicles) – Pia Wurtzbach will walk the Miss Universe stage in Las Vegas next month wearing a national costume created by a Filipino designer, the Philippines’ candidate to the international pageant said.

The decision came after previous Miss Universe contender MJ Lastimosa’s national costume, which was designed by Colombian Alfredo Barraza, drew flak from pageant enthusiasts and netizens earlier this year. Some even likened it to a cake. Lastimosa failed to make it to the top 5 of the Miss Universe pageant, the first time since 2009 that the Philippines did not make it to the final five.

While Wurtzbach refused to name the Filipino designer for her national costume and evening gown, The Adobo Chronicles, invoking freedom of information (FOI), was able to secure the designer’s sketches.

For her national costume, Wurtzbach will be wearing a  military-inspired attire similar to that worn in the movie ‘Heneral Luna,’ the Philippines’ official submission to next year’s Oscar Award for best foreign language film.  “It is both historical and  eye-catching,” the designer said, “and it truly represents an important aspect of Philippine history.”

For evening gown, Miss Philippines will be wearing a blue, red and silver traditional maria clara, inspired by designs  worn by Filipino women during the Philippine revolution.


Will these costumes be Wurtzbach’s ticket to the Miss Universe crown? We shall find out on December 20!


Pageant co-host Toni Gonzaga, right, and her enormous evening gown. (Photo credit: Rob Titular for ABQ)
Pageant co-host Toni Gonzaga, right, and her enormous evening gown. (Photo credit: Ron B. Titular for ABQ)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Forget all the controversy surrounding Sunday’s Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) pageant contestants and judges. There’s a bigger controversy brewing involving pageant host, singer-actress Toni Gonzaga.

Gonzaga co-hosted the televised pageant finals at the Araneta Coliseum with the very good-looking Xiam Lim.

The female host got mixed reviews about her hosting duties on Sunday.  Some described her emceeing style as a “breath of fresh air,” while many were critical of her off-the-cuff, often sarcastic remarks which made the beauty contestants (and the judges) more nervous and uneasy than they already were.

But that’s the least of Gonzaga’s concerns.

Today, she lambasted the Binibining Pilipinas Charities (BPC), organizer of the annual pageant, for tricking her to believe that she would be included in the evening gown competition.

“I had to scour the innermost stalls in Divisoria to look for the best evening gown I could find, hoping that I can be at par with the contestants’ designer gowns,” she said.

Gonzaga was visibly very upset when the name of the best in evening gown was announced. It wasn’t her.

After the show, Gonzaga confronted BPC chairwoman Stella Marquez Araneta who explained to her that she may have misunderstood the agreement as co-host. “What I said was that I hope you can wear an evening gown that would stand out amid all the designer dresses that the contestants will be wearing on pageant finals,” Araneta told her.  “I never said that you will be part of the evening gown competition.”

As a compromise, Mrs. Araneta promised to reimburse Gonzaga the full amount that she paid for her blue, flowing, extravagant gown which took quite a lot of space on stage.

The amount wasn’t much, really, since Gonzaga purchased it from Divisoria. And we’re not being sarcastic.