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imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The 5-member English band One Direction is now a quartet, after one of its members, Zayn Malik quit the group just as it was scheduled to stage a concert in Manila.

No reason was given for Malik’s sudden resignation, but many are speculating that it was because of the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration’s decision to impose a marijuana bond on Malik and one other band member to ensure that the duo will not smoke or promote the smoking of weed during their Philippine concert tour.  The Philippines had earlier imposed the payment of a bond in the amount of two hundred pesos each for the duo which would be forefeited if they are caught smoking or promoting MJ during their Philippines visit.

Upon learning of the news, thousands of Filipino music fans stormed the concert venue at the Mall of Asia demanding a refund of their concert  tickets, saying that they paid for five band members, not four.

As of press time, it wasn’t clear whether or not the concert will even be held as scheduled.

It is a a clear sign that no foreign group can mess with Filipinos.


imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It was one of the most powerful, fist-clenching scenes ever seen on Philippine cinema, with a true-to-life character played by multi-awarded Filipina actress Nora Aunor.

The scene:

Aunor calling for the resignation of President Noynoy Aquino in a stirring speech at a rally by Migrante International, a support group for overseas Filipino workers.

In her strongly worded speech delivered in Filipino, Aunor lambasts the chief executive for the government’s labor export policy and called him “a puppet and the scourge of migrant Filipinos.”

But wait.

This is no longer just a scene from a movie. It is for real. It is the real Nora Aunor participating and speaking at a rally commemorating the 20th death anniversary of Flor Contemplacion, the domestic helper who was controversially executed for the alleged murder of another Filipina maid in Singapore in 1995.

Aunor portrayed Contemplacion in Joel Lamangan’s “The Flor Contemplacion Story” that same year. She won Best Actress in the Gawad Urian, the Film Academy of the Philippines, the Star Awards for Movies, the Young Critics Circle, and the Cairo International Film Festival.

Last year, Aunor was snubbed for the National Artist award despite being nominated by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts following a three-year vetting process.

Asked by reporters about his reaction to Aunor’s speech, President Aquino said, “Eh, sour grapes!”

Meanwhile, presidential sister Kris Aquino said she was withdrawing her earlier offer to pay for Aunor’s airfare to seek surgical operation of her vocal cords abroad. “She’s either with us, or against us,” the younger Aquino said about Aunor.


One Direction Band (Photo: band's Instagram page)
One Direction Band (Photo: band’s Instagram page)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration is requiring two members of the English-Irish band One Direction to post cash bonds of 200,000 pesos ($5,000 ) each, to be forfeited if they are caught using or promoting illegal drugs while in Manila for their concert this weekend.

Immigration spokeswoman Elaine Tan said Thursday that Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison required Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson to post the bond through their concert producer for their special work permits. The five-member band performs on March 21 and 22 at the Mall of Asia.

The Anti-Drugs Advocate group has called on the bureau to strictly scrutinize the band members’ permits following a video that circulated on the Internet of Malik and Tomlinson purportedly smoking marijuana.

When reached by The Adobo Chronicles for comment at London’s Heathrow Airport just before their flight to Manila, Malik and Tomlinson said “$5,000 is nothing compared to what we’re getting paid for our concert appearance, so it’s no big deal. It’s just a chunk of change.”

Tomlinson also assured their Filipino fans that they will not violate any ant-marijuana laws while in the Philippines. “We will not be smoking MJ before, during or after our concert. We will just bring enough supply of brownies to snack on. That way we will not get in trouble with the law for smoking MJ.”

The ‘brownies’ Tomlinson was referring to are the marijuana brownies — chocolate-flavored cookies infused with marijuana that are sold at Cannabis stores in the U.S. and Europe. There are no existing laws in the Philippines banning the eating of marijuana.