MIAMI, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles) – Speaking to reporters on the eve of the Miss Universe Pageant in which he is one of the celebrity judges, Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has announced his early retirement.
The 37-year-old boxer, congressman, actor and basketball coach shocked millions of his fans who have been so looking forward to his fight with Floyd Mayweather reportedly scheduled on May 2 this year.
“I love music but music does not love me,” the teary-eyed Pacquiao said as he formally bid goodbye to his singing career.
His one and only single, Para Sa ‘Yo Laban Na ‘To (This Fight Is For You), went platinum shortly after it was released in the Philippines in 2013.
Pacquiao stars in a film that is opening in U.S. theaters this week. The film “Manny” documents his life and journey from a young boy living in poverty to a world-renowned boxing champion. It is narrated by Oscar Award nominated actor Liam Neeson.
DORAL, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles) – You may not see all 88 contestants in Sunday’s Miss Universe Beauty Pageant finals in Doral, Florida because almost a third of them — mostly representing countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas have been disqualified.
The reason? They were their countries’ 2015 national title holders.
The 63rd edition of the international pageant in Florida is actually the 2014 Miss Universe, although it is being held in 2015. The 2014 pageant would have been held in December last year but Miss Universe owner Donald Trump could not decide on a city, country and venue to host the 2014 competition. The decision finally came later to hold the contest in Florida but January 25, 2015 was the earliest that the venue was available.
Thinking that the Florida pageant was the 2015 competition, many countries sent their 2015 instead of 2014 title holders. Luckily for the Philippines, the 2015 national competition has not yet been held so it sent the correct candidate, Mary Jean Lastimosa, Miss Philippines Universe of 2014.
With lesser competition, will the Philippines finally see its third Miss Universe this year? Or, actually last year, 2014. Yes, we know, it can be quite confusing.
DORAL, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles) – Come Sunday, January 25, the new Miss Universe will be crowned in the pageant’s finals to be telecast live from Doral, Florida.
One of the most coveted special awards to be announced that evening will be the Best National Costume.
The 88 contestants paraded in their national costumes earlier this week during the preliminary competition. The judges have made their choice but it won’t be revealed until Sunday.
The Adobo Chronicles was able to obtain a leaked document bearing the names of the top three contenders for the national costume award. Here they are:
Miss Philippines, with her buttterfly sleeve gown tattered with red yellow and purple fake flowers (with matching headdress) that looked like a pineapple, strawberry and ube (purple yam) meringue pie filling.
Miss Germany, who wore graffiti-filled replica of the Berlin Wall, with matching balloons.
Miss Dominican Republic, who seemed to have been inspired by the recent visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. She donned a Virgin Mary-like outfit that prompted the judges to kneel as soon as she appeared on stage.
Who will the lucky winner be? Find out on January 25!