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Miss Philippines Universe Pia Wurtzbach
Miss Philippines Universe Pia Wurtzbach

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Pia Wurtzbach’s answer to the final question during the recent Miss Philippines Beauty Pageant was memorable: “Always think before you click.”

However, it didn’t really directly answer the question on what she thinks about Internet censorship. (In a subsequent TV interview, she qualified that her answer meant that we need self-censorship.)

Wurtzbach ended up winning the Miss Philippines Universe crown, nonetheless.

As she prepares to compete in the next Miss Universe Pageant which will be held in Budapest, Hungary, Wurtzbach has been advised by Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) chairperson Stella Marquez-Araneta to have an interpreter should she make it to the 5 finalists. BPCI is the franchise holder of Miss Universe in the Philippines.

(Many Filipina candidates to Miss Universe made it all the way to the top 5 in recent years, but their answers to the final question always seemed to have cost them the crown.)

In an interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Wurtzbach confirmed that indeed, she will use an interpreter. “I will answer the final question in German.”

Wurtzbach is half Filipina and half German.

While the main language spoken in Budapest is Hungarian, a good 11 percent of its population speak German.  So it may be a smart move on the part of Wurtzbach to speak her mind in German to better endear herself to the pageant audience as well as the judges.

We wish her the best and Viel Gluck! That’s “Good Luck!” in German.


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.



The 2015 Miss Philippines title holders (Photo credit: rappler.com)
The 2015 Miss Philippines title holders (Photo credit: rappler.com)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The year: 2010. The winner of the Miss Philippines Intercontinental is … Christi Lynn Landrito McGarry!

Fast forward to 2015. The winner of Miss Philippines Intercontinental is … Christi Lynn Landrito McGarry!


That’s right, last Sunday night, McGarry was named the Philippines’ representative to the 2015 Miss Intercontinental Beauty Pageant.

Apparently, in naming the winners of the various Miss Philippines titles, the judges forgot that McGarry had already represented the Philippines once in that same pageant.  Pageant rules, of course, do not permit repeat candidates.

So, Binibining Pilipinas Charities (BPC), franchise holder of the Miss Philippines pageant is in quandary on how to resolve the huge error. BPC chairwoman Stella Marquez Araneta said that she may have to switch around some of the titles awarded Sunday night.

Will McGarry switch titles with Miss Philippines Universe Pia Wurtzbach? No way! Wurtzbach has joined the Miss Philippines pageant three times before winning the title this year.  She’s not about to give up the most prestigious of the Miss Philippines titles.

Will McGarry switch titles with Miss Philippines International Janicel Lubina? Unlikely. Lubina’s morena (tanned) complexion and amazing housemaid-to-beauty queen story make her the perfect candidate for Miss International.

Will McGarry switch titles with Miss Philippines Supranational Rogelie Catacutan? “I will sue BPC if that happens,” Catacutan said, “Miss Supranational is considered a bigger and more prestigious pageant than Miss Intercontinental.”

So what’s left is a possible switch with Miss Philippines Tourism Ann Lorriane Colis. Colis also seems unwilling to give up the crown she has won.

May we suggest that the issue be resolved the Pinoy way?

Jack en Poy!