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imageSan Jose, California – To be honored once is exhilarating; to be honored twice -in the same year- is humbling.

The Adobo Chronicles accepts this dual award on behalf of its almost 5 million viewers worldwide. Thank you for keeping us unchecked.

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imageHollywood, California – The 86th Oscar Awards for films made in 2013 will not be handed out until March 2nd this year, but already, film submissions for the 2014 documentary short films have flooded the offices of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.  Thanks to Facebook.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Facebook has started rolling out short documentaries, starring each of its millions of users worldwide.  The Academy has ruled that every single one of these Facebook movies is eligible for an Oscar nomination under the documentary shorts category.

While Academy rules  require that to be eligible, a film must first be screened in either L.A. or New York, members of the board of governors of the Academy were in agreement that since Facebook has a world-wide reach — including L.A. and New York, the Facebook movies are indeed eligible for nomination.

With millions of submissions expected through the 2014 season, the Academy’s big challenge is narrowing the field to 5 nominees. Compare that to only 40 documentary short submissions in 2013.There sure will be a lot of campaigning between now and the 87th Oscars.  If you have submitted your Facebook movie for a possible documentary short nomination, you might want to see the list of Academy voters who will be deciding your fate. The list is available on the website of NeverTooEarlyMoviePredictions.

Michael Moore,  one of the Academy governors and outspoken liberal documentary filmmaker who won an Oscar for “Bowling For Columbine” says he is very excited about the prospect of this unprecedented number of documentary film submissions this year. “This will certainly be the banner year for film documentaries,” he added.


imageManila Philippines – Coca-Cola’s “America The Beautiful” commercial which made its debut at last Sunday’s Super Bowl  may have ignited thousands of racist and bigoted tweets and comments on social media, but that hasn’t stopped the jingle – sung in different languages – from climbing the music charts worldwide.

From China to Mexico to Israel, the Coke jingle zoomed to the number one song and music video, as it did in the Philippines. It didn’t matter that the jingle has all but one Tagalog line in the commercial’s final cut. Filipino American Leilani recorded the entire first verse of the 1913 Katharine Lee Bates lyrics in Tagalog, but only the line “sa ibabaw ng mga frutas” (above the fruited plain) was included in the commercial.

Music lovers from all over the world were obviously delighted to see their native language featured in a television spot that was viewed by hundreds of millions of people.

What a difference one line makes.

As for the bigoted social media tweets and posts? The commenters can eat their hearts out, followed by a sip or two of Coke.