Category Archives: Arts

Rappler Amends Its SEC Registration From Media To Animation

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler may have found the magic bullet in its ongoing saga with the  Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

SEC had earlier revoked  Rappler’s media license on the grounds that Maria Ressa’s online news source was not 100% Filipino-owned as mandated by the Philippine Constitution.  The revocation was challenged and the Court of Appeals had asked  SEC to review — but not rescind it.

But rather than wait for SEC’s review, Rappler announced today that it had filed an amendment to its SEC registration, claiming that it is now an “animation” company.

”As animators, we would not be considered media and therefore not subject to the Constitutional requirement of 100% Filipino ownership,” Ressa told The Adobo Chronicles.

Ressa’s change of heart came on the heels of the launching of Rappler’s first video animation project — telling the story of the Filipino fishing boat which was rammned by a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea.

As an animation company, Rappler can solicit funding from foreign investors.

Rappler can now have its cake and eat it too!




Mambabatok Whang-od Denies Giving Bong Go A Tattoo

1C795D1B-42EB-4EB2-95C6-B20C825B60DB.jpegKALINGA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Detractors of Senatorial candidate Bong Go are not buying his latest antic lifting up his shirt in public to prove he doesn’t have any tattoo. They insist the former Special Assistant to President Duterte got tattooed by Whang-od.

Whang-od Oggay, also known as Maria Oggay, is a Filipina tattoo artist from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, Philippines. She is often described as the “last” and oldest mambabatok.

Today, The Adobo Chronicles traveled to Kalinga to ask Whang-od if she, indeed, gave Go a tattoo.

“Bong who,” Whang-od asked, confirming that she has ever met the Senatorial candidate, nor would she ever want to.

Speaking in her native dialect, Whang-od said the only mestizo she is dying to meet in person is ‘Ang Probinsiyano’ lead actor Coco Martin.

So let’s put all tattoos to rest. Especially Bong Go’s!

Adobo Chronicles Fact Check: Leni Robredo’s Viral Fake Photo


80B4BED9-DA91-454B-946D-402F8DBF75D0MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A photo of Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo receiving a gift painting of herself from a cadet has gone viral on social media. The painting shows an unimpressive and not-so-complimentary face of the VP.

Viral social media photo, left; photo from VP Robredo’s social media account, right

In fairness to the painter-cadet, The Adobo Chronicles conducted an investigation and expert analysis of the said photo. Here are our findings:

  • We found what seems to be an unaltered version of the viral photo in Robredo’s social media account and we compared the two photos
  • We noticed that the two photos didn’t show the same cadet
  • The uniforms worn by the cadets in the photos were starkly different. Come on, look that oversized cader cap in the viral photo
  • Robredo wasn’t wearing the same dress in the two photos
  • In the viral photo, there is an electric wire hanging on the wall leading up to the room behind Robredo and the cadet
  • The viral photo featured several photobombers whereas none were seen in Robredo’s official photo
  • As for the gift painting, we could not confirm the authenticity of either the one in the viral photo or the one in the official photo. (Hey, we’re not perfect. We’ll leave the fact-checking on the paintings to Rappler and Vera Files)