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Miss Universe: Another Latina Loses Beauty Crown

The now "Ex-Miss Universe Puerto Rico"
The now “Ex-Miss Universe Puerto Rico”

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – At the Miss Universe pageant, contestants are losing their crowns left and right. Or so it seems.

In last year’s pageant, Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez lost the crown to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, after wearing it for about four minutes.  Well, actually, the crown belonged to Wurtzbach.  Pageant host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Philippines as the first runner-up and Miss Colombia as the winner.

So Miss Colombia lost the crown by a mistake.

Another Latina, 2016 Miss Universe Puerto Rico Kristhielee Caride, just lost her crown, not because of a mistake, but because of attitude. Bad attitude.

The Boricua beauty queen was stripped of her title on Thursday for not wanting to participate in interviews or take photos.

“I saw the damage that she was doing and the damage that she was doing to the organization,” said Desirée Lowry, the director of Miss Puerto Rico Universe, when announcing the organization’s decision to take away Caride’s crown.

Caride, who represented Isabela, has been replaced by Brenda Jiménez, a current biology and sociology student from Aguadilla.

So ladies, if you’re thinking of joining the Miss Universe pageant, make sure you have a good attitude.  And be prepared for mistakes. Not yours, but by the pageant host.

Miss Colombia May Get To Wear The Miss Universe Crown After All

Miss Universe and the "Sexiest Doctor Alive" (photo from Dr. Mikhail Varshavski's Instagram page)
Miss Universe and the “Sexiest Doctor Alive”
(photo from Dr. Mikhail Varshavski’s Instagram page)

NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Miss Colombia 2015 Ariadna Gutierrez wore the Miss Universe crown for about four minutes during last year’s pageant, only to be taken away because of a mistake by host Steve Harvey.  That crown, of course, belongs to the real winner, Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

But lo and behold, Gutierrez may get to wear the crown in the near future and keep it until the next Miss Universe is chosen.

The reason?  Wurtzbach is dating People magazine’s “sexiest doctor alive,” Mikhail Varshavski. The couple confirmed in their respective social media accounts that they are, indeed, seeing each other.  In fact, Wurtzbach changed her Facebook profile to “In a relationship.”

Remember, the official rules of the Miss Universe Pageant, one of which says that “if for any reason the new Miss Universe cannot fulfill her obligations, the first runner-up will become Miss Universe.?” That first runner-up would, of course, be Gutierrez.

So Gutierrez is hoping that Wurtzbach and Varshavski decide to get married soon which would then disqualify the Filipina beauty from continuing her reign.  After all, the pageant cannot have a Mrs. Universe.

Philippine Congress Wants to Tax Income Of Overseas Filipino Workers

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(Photo credit: Inquirer.net)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The Philippines’ Congress is at it again. Members want to exempt Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach from paying taxes on her income as Miss Universe.  But Wurtzbach has declined, saying she will continue to pay her taxes just like she always did in the past.

This is not the first time that such a proposal has been filed in Congress. There have been several attempts to put forward a similar bill exempting Filipino champion boxer Manny Pacquiao from paying taxes.  (Incidentally, Pacquiao is facing a P3.2 billion tax evasion case before the Court of Tax Appeals. The case was filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue after assessing that Pacquiao had incurred “deficiency income and value-added tax” from 2008 to 2009, worth P2.2 billion. Penalties and surcharges caused the deficiency to balloon to P3.2 billion.)

Congress wanted to grant the tax exemptions, arguing that Wurtzbach and Pacquiao are the “pride of the Philippines, putting the country on the world map, and considering them as “heroes.”

Well, what about the true heroes of the Philippines — the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)? They are the backbone of the Philippine economy, infusing more than $26 Billion in remittances to the country annually?

Currently,  the wages or income of OFWs arising out of their overseas employment are exempt from income tax. Since OFWs usually already pay income taxes in the country they are working in, the Philippines exempts those taxable income of Filipinos through the virtue of tax reciprocity. With the tax reciprocity rule, Filipinos working abroad are taxed for incomes received there and are exempt from paying income taxes in the Philippines, in the same way that foreigners working in the Philippines are taxed here for incomes sourced within the Philippines and are also not required to pay income taxes anymore to their home country.

But now, some smart members of Congress want to lift that exemption, and the Aquino administration — especially Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares — favor the proposal.

“Sure, it would be a case of double taxation,” Henares said, “but think about the huge tax revenue that the Philippine government will earn from taxing OFW income abroad.”

It’s more fun in the Philippines!