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FILIPINOS ISSUE ONE LAST APPEAL TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

A man paints a message on a baskeball court that reads 'Help SOS We Need Food' at Anibong in Tacloban Photograph: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images
A man paints a message on a basketball court that reads ‘Help SOS We Need Food’ at Anibong in Tacloban Photograph: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Image

Tacloban, Philippines – The Filipino people are united in praising and thanking foreign governments and the international community for the overwhelming financial and in-kind support their country received, and continues to receive, in the aftermath of the most powerful typhoon of record that killed thousands, flattened homes and infrastructure, and turned once vibrant communities into ghost towns. In many instances, foreign rescue and relief personnel were first to arrive at the scenes of devastation, way ahead of teams dispatched by Manila’s government. In the first moments of the disaster, President Noynoy Aquino repeatedly criticized local governments for being unprepared for the super typhoon and for being unable to immediately respond to its deadly effects, especially in the hard-hit areas of Central Philippines.

Surviving individuals and families went without food, shelter and medical aid for days. Anger and frustration were evident among Filipinos trying to fend for themselves and struggling to flee their neighborhoods in search of relief, comfort and dignity. Cadavers remained uncollected, largely contributing to the unbearable stench of the national government’s relief and rescue operations. Meanwhile, Secretary of the Interior and Local Governments Mar Roxas kept repeating during media interviews that “everything was under control.” What little relief packages that were being distributed had stickers of the Office of  Vice President Jejomar Binay plastered over them – a clever  prelude to his expected campaign for the 2016 presidential elections.image

The calamity hit the country at a time when massive dissatisfaction with the central government was  rising at fever pitch, brought about by the pork barrel scandal that saw billions of taxpayer money going into the pockets of top politicians and their citizen cronies.  Many calamity victims were quick to point out that the impact of the powerful typhoon could have been minimized had the pork barrel funds been spent as intended — to build public infrastructure and services that would have possibly put rescue and relief operations in times like these into place.

While the Filipino people continued to express their deep gratitude to the international aid they have received so far, they were one in making a last appeal which they described as their greatest, ultimate need.  Today, in a unified message to the United Nations and through international media, the Filipinos appealed for a donation of a functioning government to replace the one that’s currently in place.  “It would be the greatest gift of all, one that would put an end to decades of government corruption as well as suffering by the Filipino people,” they said.

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THE ADOBO CHRONICLES GOES BLACK

imageIN RESPECT AND SOLIDARITY WITH THE THOUSANDS OF FILIPINOS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES AND PROPERTY AS A RESULT OF THE WORST-EVER RECORDED TYPHOON IN HISTORY, THE ADOBO CHRONICLES WILL GO TOTALLY BLACK FOR THIS ENTIRE WEEK. WE WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK.

In the meantime, 100% of sales of the book version between now and December 2, 2013, will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross for typhoon relief efforts.  We will also match the sales dollar for dollar.

To be eligible for the match, book must be purchased from our web site.

FOR ONCE, this is NOT satire…

“THOR” GAY VERSION OPENS IN CHINA

Thor the U.S. version, left; Chinese version, right
Thor the U.S. version, left; Chinese version, right

Shanghai, China –  “Thor: The Dark World,” is the latest of an American superhero film based on the comic book character of the same name published by Marvel Comics.  The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.  In this latest series directed by Alan Taylor, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must face the enemy and embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and force him to sacrifice everything to save the earth.

But that is the film’s U.S. version.

An international version, in Chinese with English subtitles, has a slightly different plot.  Jane Foster is the enemy and Thor’s journey reunites him with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), his long-lost romantic interest.  The international version opened to rave reviews in Shanghai, China.  Since it opened last weekend, theaters have seen long lines of fans braving the cold weather and willing to fork out 40 Yuan to be among the first to see the film.

Critics just love the the Chinese version of the character of Loki, the master of illusion. The New York Times says that Loki’s romantic link to Thor could only “help the medicine go down.” Whatever that means.

Meanwhile, the newly-renovated Embarcadero theater in Dan Francisco, which features reclining lounge seats in several of its screening rooms, has reportedly bought the exclusive rights to show the Chinese version in city. “With its juicy gay theme, the film’s international version would definitely be a blockbuster in the gayest city in the world,” a spokesperson for the Embarcadero theater told The Adobo Chronicles.