LOOK: Banned Illegal Firecracker Allegedly Named “Hello Colombia” found in Bulacan

I guess, no one has ever moved on with the Miss Universe 2015 mix-up caused by Steve Harvey. Although, the host already apologized, and even the Miss Universe 2015 herself, Pia Wurtzbach asked to stop spreading the bad vibes, people are still going crazy over the controversy. As a result, they named one of the banned firecrackers after “Miss Colombia.”

Hello Colombia firework

Apparently, these off-the-wall product names are being used to entice consumers to try them.

Photo source: ABS-CBN via @chiarazambrano

According to CNN (among other publications), as the New Year getting closer, the government agencies continue to filter stores in Bocaue, Bulacan for any illegal or banned firecrackers by the PNP. The said action is to ensure products being sold are safe and passed the government standards.

Recently, the Department of Heatlh (DOH) and Manila Officials launched their 2015 ‘Iwas Paputok’ campaign in Balut, Tondo, Manila.

iwas paputok in manila

Moreover, statistics gathered in the beginning of the year 2015, the firecracker-related injuries went up, due to piccolo, five star, pla-pla and boga, among others.

In fact, PNP listed ‘Hello Colombia’ and ‘Goodbye Philippines’ as highly dangerous crackers, especially, the ‘Goodbye Bading,” which explodes with a force of a hand grenade. (Source: CNN)

Ideally, we could prevent firecracker-related accidents if we will just use these items instead:

  • musical instruments (drums, guitars, etc.)
  • pots and frying pans
  • car horns
  • videoke
  • loud stereos
  • coins

Filipinos are known to be happy-go-lucky, funny, and creative people. Most often than not, Filipinos take it to a different level when creating product names. Although, it’s funny coming from a customer’s perspective, it’s totally different when you are using it irresponsibly.

Hopefully, the number of injuries this coming countdown will be lower than the past years.

What do you think of this? Do you think this is too much?






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