Monday in the Philippines: A shameful and tragic event unfolded and beamed all over the world. A lone gunman held a tourist bus hostage with mostly Hong Kong tourists on board. Due to incompetence and lack of training of the police force and SWAT officers, the so-called Manila's Finest failed to stop the hostage drama without bloodshed. The gunman was killed alright, but eight tourists also lost their lives and not to mention some injured bystanders being hit by stray bullets. All the details about this dreadful event were all over the news both local and international. The Philippines was immediately put into the black list as a tourist destination not only by China but by other Southeast Asian nations. The government should do something about this especially how to save our face in the International scene. Heads must roll in order to correct and prevent this to happen again in the future.
Monday evening in the United States of America: The Miss Universe 2010 Pageant is unfolding in Mandalay Hotel Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Filipinos in this part of the country were all out in support of Maria Venus Raj, the Philippine's representative. Excitement burst out as her name was called to be in the Top 15 among 83 candidates. As the beauty contest progressed, her name again was called to be in the Top 10. Wearing her beautiful flowing gown and with a queenly stance, she was in the Top 5. After the question and answer portion, Philippine's Maria Venus Raj was crowned as Miss Universe 2010 – 4th Runner Up. She admitted during her interviews after the pageant that she was nervous during the Q & A but it was not an easy feat to be in the Top 5. Her answer to that final question became the hot topic of the social networks around the cyber world, but she was not offended by it. In her words, she said that at least the "major, major" brought fame and pride to her country.