WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Both Raissa Robles and The Adobo Chronicles have reason to celebrate these days.
The U.S. Library of Congress has purchased copies of Robles’ book, “Marcos Martial Law: Never Again” and the book version of The Adobo Chronicles.
The purchase is a great honor for the Philippines.
Robles announced the good news on her Twitter account, while The Adobo Chronicles is yet to formally announce the purchase.
The library bought one copy of Robles book, and 100 copies of The Adobo Chronicles.
Visitors to the library in Washington, D.C. will be able to check out both books beginning July 1. First come, first served of course.
LOS ANGELES, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Los Angeles Bureau) – Many Filipino Americans living in Los Angeles coughed up big bucks (translation: U.S. dollars) to be among the selected few to witness a performance of one of the most revered cultural/dance traditions of their homeland — the ‘Rigodon de Honor.”
The Rigodon is a traditional dance from the Philippines that evolved from dances brought to thePacific islands by Spanish settlers in the sixteenth century. Historically, the dance is meant to represent a certain sense of elevated status among those who take part in it, and is often performed at galas, balls and other formal occasions celebrated by the rich and powerful.
It was supposed to be a highlight of the fundraising gala sponsored by FASO, the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra Foundation, billed as a night of music, dance and culture.
But alas, what invited guests witnessed was a Rigodon de Dishonor, highlighted by the presence of Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo who turned the prestigious cultural event into a laylayan political event.
Nobody in the audience wanted to listen to her lies about the Duterte government, Martial Law in Mindanao, the Philippines’ war on drugs and her supposed fundraising for the victims of the Marawi City terrorist siege. But Robredo was oblivious to the evening’s purpose.
And so, as she took to the podium (actually a music stand) to deliver her packaged speech prepared by Georgina Hernandez and her socmed staff, the guests walked out in disgust.
Now, FASO has been deluged with letters, phone calls and emails demanding for refunds of the cost of tickets paid by the invitees who were so looking forward to witness the Rigodon de Honor.
It must be a dishonorable next few weeks for FASO. But it should be a lesson learned. Well learned.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Oblation, the well-recognized symbol of the University of the Philippines will soon be unveiled. Literally.
The naked statue of a man (with just a leaf front covering), with hands outstretched and looking up to the sky, was designed by Filipino artist Guillermo Tolentino.
The U.P. Board of Regents unanimouslty approved a resolution for the total unveiling to symbolize the university’s continuing search of the truth through education.
Critics say, however, that it is the board’s strategy to diffuse and cover up the controversies that have plagued the university in recent months — including its politics, activism and its failure to make it to the topnotcher lists in professional regulation exams.
No state funds will be used for ‘renovating’ the oblation statues at all U.P. campuses nationwide. An ‘endowment’ grant from concerned U.P. alumni has been set aside for this purpose.
“It is a coming of age,” one U.P. student commented. “If students can run around fully naked during the annual “Oblation Run,” why can’t the very symbol of the university do the same?”
One question remains between now and the unveiling: how endowed is the Oblation?