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SM Mall of Asia’s Iconic Globe Was Stolen, and the Internet Can’t Get Over It

Leave it to Filipinos to make memes out of the odd incident
SM Mall of Asia’s Iconic Globe Was Stolen, and the Internet Can’t Get Over It
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Leave it to Filipinos to make memes out of the odd incident

In today’s bizarre news, SM Mall of Asia’s iconic globe has disappeared. 

The strange "crime" was caught on camera by Facebook user Chester Tangonan on Saturday night. Through the 19-second clip, we can see the big hunk of a ball seemingly being stolen off its perch via helicopter. 

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SM MOA released an official statement on the matter hours after, saying they’re currently investigating the incident. “With our security measures in place, rest assured that the SM Mall of Asia continues to be a safe space for your family and friends,” they concluded.

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As of writing, the key word “MOA Globe” is trending on twitter with over 115 thousand tweets. Where others are rightly confused, to no one’s surprise, most Pinoys on the platform have managed to turn the peculiar news into a meme-fest. 

One netizen edited a photo of the globe being sold on Shopee with the caption, “the moa globe a few hours later.”

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Another one placed the globe as a new planetary fixture in our solar system. “BREAKING NEWS : ‘MOA GLOBE’ already shipped out in outer space,” read the tweet.

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If you need a good laugh today, check out more hilarious internet reactions on the incident below!

The best internet reactions to the stolen SM MOA globe:

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This morning, photos of a tall, cube-shaped scaffolding being constructed in place of the missing globe has also been making rounds on social media. Thanks to this, netizens are guessing that the whole fiasco is simply a publicity stunt for the grand opening of IKEA Philippines.

The much-awaited store’s Facebook page notably posted an edited photo of the MOA globe beside IKEA's famous meatball just last November 11. Its caption reads, “Tito Ball is finally home! We heard he’s about to share an incredi-ball news to us soon. Watch out for updates here on our page.”

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At first it seemed the public's suspicions were right seeing as the said "Tito Ball" published a statement of his own on IKEA's page the morning after the incident. However, Netflix Philippines came clean not long after, revealing the evening heist was actually an elaborate event to promote their newest caper film Red Notice.

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