Filipinos and pageant enthusiast alike are still very much afflicted with the Miss Universe fever, days after the controversial coronation night. The gaffe has attracted global attention, and has since spawned countless memes and parodies in the internet.
But Filipinos are about to take it on a different level, and with a blast.
Three days before the anticipated fireworks display for the New Year, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has discovered a new illegal firecracker being sold in Bocaue, Bulacan named “Hello Colombia.”
In a photo tweeted by ABS-CBN reporter Chiara Sambrano, the firecracker appears to take the shape of a cylinder and is wrapped in an orange cellophane paper.
The firework was named after Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, who held a short-lived reign as Miss Universe after host Steve Harvey wrongly announced her as the queen. The rightful Miss Universe is the Philippines’ bet Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
As expected, netizens took to social media to post witty comments about the firecracker.
“4mins lang itatagal nyan (It will only last four minutes),” said @chenleeit.
“HELLO COLOMBIA ito yung paputok na pag binili at sinindihan mo na, biglang babawiin pa sa iyo nung tindera (This is the firecrackers which even though you have lighted it, the vendor would take it back from you),” said @Totoy_PagAsa.
“Yung akala mo sasabog na, tapos hindi pala (When you thought it would explode, but it didn’t),” Ome Itum said.
The police said the Miss Colombia firecrackers are prohibited because it contained more than the allowed amount of gunpowder.
“Hello Colombia firecrackers are prohibited by law. They contain more gunpowder than is allowed. Personnel of police and local government units also seized Goodbye Bading and Goodbye Philippines,” Genelle Galmatico of the PNP Civil Service Group said in a Philippine Star report.
Another illegal firecracker that resurfaced this year is “Goodbye Bading,” (Goodbye, Gay) supposedly the biggest and most dangerous being sold in the market.
The firecracker has been criticized by several LGBT groups for being insulting and homophobic, suggesting violence against the gay community. Jauhn Etienne Villaruel