- The gigantic globe at the Mall of Asia (MOA) has been returned to its usual location
- Earlier, reports about it being stolen spread like wildfire on social media, with a video of the supposed heist taken by a motorist and uploaded online
- The story about the alleged theft was made more believable by the official statement released by the SM MOA management
- It was later found out that the daring raid was part of a promo of a Netflix film, ‘Red Notice’
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The Mall of Asia (MOA) globe, which was earlier reported to have been allegedly stolen, has been returned to its usual location.
Earlier, a video of it being lifted into the air by a military-grade helicopter spread like wildfire on social media.
The video was taken by an early-morning motorist who sounded surprised at seeing the gigantic globe being lifted by what appeared to be a Chinook helicopter.
A Chinook is a twin-engined, dual rotor aircraft often utilized by the military for its heavy lift capability.
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Stories about the MOA globe stolen by thieves using a helicopter spread online.
These stories were strengthened by the official statement released by the SM MOA management, who said they are working with authorities to get to the bottom of the incident.
The presence of police officers investigating the alleged crime scene further bolstered talks that the globe was really stolen.
Having a giant digital billboard, which was allegedly hijacked to display the message “Do you want the MOA globe back?” further fueled speculations.
After several hours of speculation, the MOA globe was finally returned to its usual place.
It turned out that the alleged incident was a promo stunt for the Netflix film, ‘Red Notice.’
Subsequently, the SM MOA management published another statement confirming that the globe has been safely returned.
In the same statement, it was revealed that the incident was a promo stunt in done in partnership with Netflix.
The video streaming service also posted a video of the alleged heist, giving everyone an insight who stole and returned the globe.
The Mall of Asia (MOA) globe is an iconic symbol of the shopping center located near the entrance of the sprawling complex. It is one of the most photographed man-made structures in the Philippines. Shoppers and tourists visiting the area would often snap photos of themselves with the MOA globe in the background.
The video of the moment that the iconic MOA globe was allegedly lifted off from its spot earlier went viral. The video, which has been shared so many times on social media has gotten a surprised reaction from many netizens. In the video, one could see from the perspective of the camera that it was taken from one attached to a motorcycle. The video then showed that an object was in the sky, which they said was allegedly the MOA globe being lifted off the ground via a helicopter.
Several days ago, another viral video took social media by storm. It was about a semi-outdoor wedding reception held at a resort in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu with some of the guests enjoying the feast unmindful of the bad weather. In the video, the guests can be seen having their fill of the food before them while the provided umbrellas failed to shield them from the heavy downpour. A voice over the loudspeaker, which perhaps belonged to the host or master of ceremonies, can be heard egging on the guests to continue eating despite the heavy rains. He also told the guests to hold on to their umbrellas while eating and if they get blown off by the wind in the process, it’s okay as long as they’re full.