Category Archives: Culture

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!

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Animal Rights Group Wants Philippine Government To Ban Lechon

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Lechon had with apple (photo by The Adobo Chronicles)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Previously, we reported that the U.S.-based animal rights group, PETA, urged people to stop using phrases that are offensive to animals — phrases like “Bring home the bacon,” “Be the guinea pig,” and “Kill two birds with one stone.”

Now, the group is urging the Philippine government to ban the Filipino delicacy lechon (roasted pig) on the grounds that it constitutes a violation of the right to dignity of animals.

A PETA spokesperson told The Adobo Chronicles  that pigs are not only victims of  extra-judicial killing (EJK), but are also subjected to humiliation during parties and events where lechon is served. “They are displayed and served  in the buff without any cover. Placing an apple in the mouth of the roasted pig doesn’t make the situation any better.”

Opposition Senators Risa Hontiveros, Franklin Drilon, Kiko Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes and Bam Aquino seem to be receptive to the idea, and are considering filing the appropriate bill in the Senate.

So enjoy your lechon while you can, especially this holiday season!

Opposition Senators File Bill To Ban Chinese New Year Celebrations In The Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Opposition Senators announced today that they will be filing a joint bill that would ban the celebration of Chinese New Year in the Philippines.

The Senators — Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes and Kiko Pangilinan — said that their proposal is in protest of President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent signed agreements  with Chinese President Xi Jinping which they claim all but “sell” the Philippines to  China.

Chinese New Year has traditionally been a special  non-working holiday in the country.  The Senators want to scrap the holiday.

However, one Opposition Senator, Franklin Drilon, asked his colleagues to defer the bill until 2020, since the year 2019 in the Chinese Lunar Calendar is the Year of the Pig.