Aquino with Kennedy, right, and Mayor Setti Warren of Newton
Aquino with Kennedy, right, and Mayor Setti Warren of Newton

Boston, Massachusetts (The Adobo Chronicles) – President NoyNoy Aquino shared a pepperoni pizza with U.S. Representative Joseph Kennedy III at a pizzeria that was one of the Philippine leader’s favorites when his family lived in exile in Boston.

Aquino met with the grandnewphew of U.S. President John F. Kennedy at Bill’s Pizzeria in Newton on Monday morning, prior to his scheduled policy speech at the Kennedy Scool of Government at Harvard University.

Except for a photo coverage, reporters were not allowed at the meeting between the two scions of their countries’ most influential political families. At press time, details of their 30-minute meeting have yet to be released.

However, sources close to Kennedy said that the congressman was extremely upset and insulted when the Philippine president asked for a knife and fork for his pizza slice. “Over here in Massachusetts, or anywhere in the U.S., we eat pizza with our hands, never with any utensil,” Kennedy reportedly told Aquino. Apparently, Aquino wanted to impress upon Kennedy that while Filipinos are known for eating their food with their hands, they also know how to use utensils.

The sources also said that while Kennedy was pleased to meet with Aquino, he was disgusted that the breakfast meeting was  held at a pizzeria.  “In America, we don’t eat pizza for breakfast. We eat pancakes, bacon and eggs,” Kennedy said.

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miss-universe-2013-34dMiami, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles) – Last week, The Adobo Chronicles reported that the reign of Megan Young, current title holder of the Miss World Beauty Pageant, has been extended for one full year. Impressed by the Filipina beauty’s talent, eloquence and popularity, The Miss World Organisation announced that the Filipina Beauty has been asked to keep her crown until December 15, 2015.

Now, the Miss Universe Organization has also confirmed that there will be no Miss Universe Pageant this year.  The last pageant was held in Moscow, Russia, in November of 2013.  This means that the reigning Miss Universe, Venezuela’s Gabriela Isler gets to keep her crown for an extra two months — 69 days to be exact.

There were reports that the Philippines had put in a bid to host the 2014 Miss Universe Pageant in Cebu or Palawan, but it looks like that is not going to happen. The next pageant will be held in the City of Doral in Florida on January 18, 2015.

Doral, incorporated on June 24, 2003, is one of thirty-four municipalities in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Conveniently located just one mile from Miami International Airport and twelve miles from Downtown Miami, the city is home to approximately 50,213 residents.

In deciding on the City of Doral for the next pageant venue, Miss Universe Organization owner and president Donald Trump said that “I can’t risk having the pageant in the Philippines,” citing problems like government corruption, transportation and traffic nightmares, floods and the eruption of Mayon volcano. “This is not to mention Manila’s international airport being named as the worst airport in the world. My sponsors will not support the pageant under these circumstances,” Trump added.

There were rumors that Trump, because of financial issues, was getting ready to give up the Miss Universe Organization. It therefore makes sense not to have the pageant in a place and environment that would cost him a huge loss in sponsorship and revenue.

The big question remains: will the 2015 Miss Universe have a one-year reign, or fourteen months like Isler?


Salonga as Kim in 'Miss Saigon,' 25 years ago
Salonga as Kim in ‘Miss Saigon,’ 25 years ago

Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Yesterday, The Adobo Chronicles reported that Tony Award-winning Filipina actress Lea Salonga used her Facebook account to complain about people calling her ‘tita,’ a Tagalog word meaning ‘aunt’ or ‘auntie.’ She was apparently irate being called the term by peole who are not her “nephews, nieces, godchild or colleague.”

Salonga’s post was considered rude, elitist and diva-esque by many of her own fans who reacted with disgust on the comments section of her Facebook post. Many of the comments pointed out that calling someone ‘tita’ is a revered Filipino custom of showing respect, much like people in Hawaii showing respect by calling women ‘auntie.’

Today, on the eve of the 25th anniversary of ‘Miss Saigon,’ the musical that brought her worldwide prominence, Salonga apologized to her fans.

“If I hurt anyone with my words, please forgive me. But I’d still prefer not to be called ‘tita.’ It makes me feel old,” she said.

So, how then should she be addressed by fans?

“You can call me ‘Aling Lea.’ It sounds better with my name than ‘Tita Lea,’ ” she pointed out.

‘Aling’ is a a contraction of the Tagalog words ‘ale ng’ (miss or mrs. of) and shows respect for a woman who is not necessarily a relative or colleague. It is the male version of ‘Mang’ as in ‘Mang Tomas.’ As in ‘Mang Tomas Lechon.’

To Aling Lea, apology accepted. It does sound better. Aling Lea. Miss Lea. Miss Saigon.



Honolulu, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Tony Award-winning Filipina actress Lea Salonga who shot to prominence by originating the role of Kim in the musical ‘Miss Saigon,’ took to her Facebook page to complain about being called ‘tita.’

‘Tita’ is a tagalog word that means ‘aunt’ or ‘auntie.’ It is widely used not only by nephews and nieces but as a sign of respect for an older relative, friend or co-worker. It is also a term of endearment among and towards gay men. But the diva thinks otherwise. Here’s what she posted on Facebook.

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As Salonga’s post went viral and reached Filipinos living in Hawaii, her 10,000-strong fan club immediately disbanded in protest of her rude comment.

In Hawaii, it is very common to call someone ‘auntie’ whether or not the person is a relative.  It is, like ‘tita,’ a sign of respect and aloha.  Women in Hawaii, in fact, feel honored being called ‘auntie.’

Lea Salonga fan club president Jonathan Kealoha Pryce said, “We’re done with her. If she doesn’t want us calling her ‘tita’ or ‘auntie’ then we don’t want to have anything to do with her.  We wish her good luck in her aging career.”

Salonga has yet to respond to the news about the fan club disbanding in Hawaii.

Next time, divas, think twice before you post something on social media.



San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles)- An openly-gay San Francisco politician has gone public about being sexually active and wants to be  a community sex symbol while serving as a role model for the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

Supervisor Scott Wiener who represents the predominantly gay Castro district has announced that he has been taking the one-pill-a-day pre-exposure prophylaxis believed to prevent HIV infection. It is known as PrEP (brand name Truvada).

Wiener, who said he was HIV negative, said that abstinence from sex is still the best way to prevent infection. “Since I don’t want to abstain from sex, I have to find a way to keep my HIV-negative status. Condoms are not 100% effective,” he added.

Other community activists criticized Wiener’s decision to come out about PrEP, pointing out that Truvada — unlike condoms –does not protect people from  sexually-transmitted diseases other than HIV. They said that PrEP may lead people to throw out condoms altogether and to totally abandon safer sex practices.

Wiener refused to reveal how many times per week he engages in sex, or how many multiple partners he has had — anonymous or not.  He would ‘t say either whether or not he’s been having unprotected sex. “Those are very personal information ” he said.

We assume that revealing one’s prophylaxis regimen – like Wiener did – is not.


FullSizeRender (2)Manila,Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino, who is in Europe enjoying fall weather, has praised the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) for cutting off power in flooded Metro Manila.

In the last two days, half a month’s worth of heavy rains inundated most streets in the Metropolis, stranding thousands and thousands of commuters who had no way of getting back to their homes.

To enable commuters to navigate the floods and find alternative ways to get back to their homes, MERALCO announced a 48-hour brownout in all of Metro Manila. Soon after electricity was cut off, people started climbing up electric posts and used disabled electric wires to get from point A to point B to point C.

Filipinos praised the electric company for being responsive to the needs of the flood victims.

Meanwhile, The Adobo Chronicles learned that MERALCO will extend rebates to all power customers for the 48-hour brownout. So, who’s going to pay for the loss of power and its impact on homes and businesses?  A MERALCO spokesperson said the company will bill the Aquino Administration, charged to the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds which had recently been declared unconstitutional by the country’s Supreme Court.

We say yet  again: It’s More Fun in the Philippines. Hell or high water!


volvolinWashington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) -President Barack Obama has just announced the appointment of NBA player Jeremy Shu-hou Lin as new ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.  If confirmed by the Senate, the basketball star will replace current Ambassador Max Sieben Baucus who is stepping down after just seven months in his position.  Baucus is quitting because he says he is extremely homesick and wants to go back to his home in Montana.

Lin, who currently plays with the Los Angeles Lakers, became an international sensation in 2012 when he unexpectedly led a winning streak by the New York Knicks in that year’s NBA season.  This started the “Linsanity” craze in the U.S. and abroad.

In announcing the appointment, Obama said that there is no one who could better fill the shoes of Baucus than Lin.  “Although he was born in America, the Chinese people can very well identify with him because of his lineage,” Obama said.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that the president is well aware that the Chinese are very fond of basketball and hopes that Lin’s dribbling, guarding and shooting skills will further endear the Chinese to the United States of America.

Rodman, right, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
Rodman, right, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

There was earlier speculation that Obama was considering appointing Dennis Rodman, given the flamboyant basketball player’s demonstrated diplomatic skills in his meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.  However, Obama decided on Lin because he believes that the Chinese will take him more seriously than Rodman.

Lin, 26, will make history as the youngest U.S. Ambassador, eclipsing the previous record held by John Huntsman, Jr. who was appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992 as ambassador to Singapore.  Huntsman was 32.

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