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imageSINGAPORE (The Adobo Chronicles) – A total of 14 countries were represented in the just-concluded first season of “Asia’s Got Talent,” now considered the largest such franchise of the reality talent competition which originated in Great Britain as a pilot broadcast.

Last night’s announcement of the grand winner — El Gamma Penumbra, a shadow performing group — made Filipinos extremely proud.  The winning act is from the Philippines, but so were three other acts that made it to  the grand finals.  The other Filipino grand finalists were classical singer Gerphil Flores, ten-year-old singer Gwyneth Dorodo, and hip-hop dance group Junior New System.

Completing the nine grand finalists were dancers Gao Lin and Liu Xin (China), musicians Khusugtun (Mongolia), dancers Triqstar (Japan), young rock stars The Talento (Thailand), and tap dancers Dance Thrilogy (Singapore).

But as Filipinos were celebrating the success of their contestants, the other 13 countries signed and sent a petition to Fremantle Media and Sony Pictures Television — the show’s producers — demanding that the next season of “Asia’s Got Talent” be made off limits to Filipino contestants.

The petitioners stated that their respective countries were put at a serious disadvantage in the competition because of the number of amazing acts that represented the Philippines in the first season.  “We just cannot compete with the Filipinos,” they added.

The petitioners concluded by threatening to pull out of the competition next year if the Philippines were not excluded.

In order to save the extremely popular show, the producers agreed to ban Filipino talents from competing, at least for the next season. The ban will be revisited in 2017.


Screen grab, FOX News
Screen grab, FOX News

Atlanta, Georgia (The Adobo Chronicles) –AirAsia flight QZ8501 went missing from radar en route to Singapore. The plane lost contact somewhere over the Java Sea and while there was no emergency or distress call, the pilot did request an altitude change citing severe weather just before the plane vanished from radar.

Like the still unsolved mystery of the Malaysia Airlines  Flight 370, the  loss of contact with the AirAsia aircraft has triggered a fierce contest between cable news networks CNN and FOX News. Either network wants to be the first to solve the mystery.

CNN Aviation Analyst  Mary Schiavo said that  terrorism happens  when it’s nice out, not when there’s bad weather which seems to be the case with AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

“At this point, given it was extremely bad weather, the chances of this being some sort of a terrorist activity are very small.,” Schiavo said, on television. “Because most terrorist activity takes place in good weather.”

Today Fox News host Anna Kooiman invited former FAA spokesperson Scott Brenner to discuss the difference in the way American pilots and non-American pilots were trained and if maybe that had anything to do with what happened to the Air Asia passenger jet.

While it seems pretty clear Brenner was probably about to address the difference in pilot training, Kooiman took the opportunity to highlight the dangers of the metric system and “a difference in the way that we measure things.”

“Even when we think about temperature, it’s Fahrenheit or Celsius,” she pointed out. “It’s kilometers or miles. You know, everything about their training could be similar, but different.”

Brenner agreed with Kooiman, saying that the U.S. should convert to the metic system since “we are the only country still using the imperial system.”

Then Kooiman’s co-host Charles Payne proceeded to blame Asian culture, saying that all Asian people will humbly and unquestioningly obey procedure even if that means crashing an airplane killing hundreds of people lest they bring shame and dishonor on their family.

For up-to-date analysis, wild speculation, out-of-this-world theories about what may have caused the AirAsia jetliner to go missing, tune in to either CNN or FOX News in the next 90 days. They could use your support to boost their ratings.

Which news network will win the contest?


imageThe Hague, Netherlands (The Adobo Chronicles) – The International Court of Justice (French: Cour internationale de justice; commonly referred to as the World Court or ICJ) has just released its 2014 list of the Top Ten Best Prisons in the World.

ICJ is the primary judicial branch of the United Nations. It is based in the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. Its main functions are to settle legal disputes submitted to it by states and to provide advisory opinions on legal questions submitted to it by duly authorized international branches, agencies, and the UN General Assembly. 

This is the first year that ICJ is releasing the best prison list, based on an international survey it has commissioned to look at prison conditions in U.N. member countries.

The Philippines ranked No. 1 on the ICJ list, followed by Great Britain and Japan.

Reacting to the good news, Philippines Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima told reporters that her efforts to rid the country’s prison system of corruption and mismanagement have finally paid off. “We should treat all prison inmates with respect and dignity by providing them comfortable accommodations during their incarceration,” de Lima said.

Rounding up the top ten list are U.S.A., China, South Africa, Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand and Singapore.

(Michael Martin Navarrete Bello contributed to this report)