Category Archives: Culture

Senator Pia Cayetano: Air Korean Telenovelas In Korean!

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Senator Pia Cayetano on Monday said the government broadcast stations should consider airing children’s programs in English to help them develop proficiency in the language at their young age, saying that the new normal due to COVID-19 will demand this skill from many Filipinos.

“Can we start showing a lot of cartoons and family-friendly materials on our government stations. Bakit ba kailangan i-dub? A language is learned earliest at their youngest. The earlier you are exposed to a language, the earlier you can pick it up,” Cayetano said during a Senate hearing focused on futures thinking.

But Cayetano also took a swipe at TV broadcadt stations that show Korean telenovelas, dubbed in Tagalog. “Keep them in Korean and let Filipinos learn a third language,” she said.

Korean dramas started  broadcasting in the the Philippines since 2003, beginning with GMA Netowork’s “Bright Girl.” All Korean dramas go through the process of localization: re-dubbing, pre-editing, post-editing and finalization before going on-air.

Cayetano wants to change that.

So gird your loins, K-fans and enthusiasts. Your kids will learn English from cartoons while you learn Korean from your favorite telenovelas!

Wouldn’t that be lovely?

Who says Filipino Gossip Mongers More Prone To Coronavirus?

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – This article has nothing to do with WHO — the World Health Organization, but rather with the question “Who?”

Yes, we’re asking a question: whether Filipino gossip mongers (called tsismosos and tsismosas in the local language) are more prone to Covid-19.

Says who?

Well, according to some analysis of how Japan dealt with the coronavirus, it is said that Japanese speakers emit fewer virus-laden droplets when talking, compared to other languages.

It is a well-known fact that Filipino gossip mongers like to whisper into your face, or amplify their gossip and laughter like a loud speaker — both of which could emit large volumes of droplets that may contain the dreaded coronavirus.   Even face masks are rendered ineffective in blocking the contamination.

Taking his cue from the Japanese experience, Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque advised Filipinos and Filipinas to refrain from gossiping during this period of community quarantine when most home-bound people are more likely to talk about their next-door neighbors.

Avoid coronavirus infection. Refrain from gossip. You’ll contribute greatly to stopping  the virus’ second wave!

Adobo Chronicles’ Suggested ECQ Home Activities

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) –It’s been over 40 days since the government put in place an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) throughout the entire island of Luzon.

You’ve scrubbed all your pots and pans, your toilet is squeaky clean, your closet has been organized in a way it has never been before in your entire life. So what is left to do to while away the remaining hours and days of your home confinement?

In the interest of public service, The Adobo Chronicles is sharing this to-do list put together by our home and social experts to keep you from losing your otherwise elite composure, or your sanity during this period of ECQ:

  • Remember your collection of torn denim pants? They’ll probably go out of fashion when this Covid-19 crisis is over.  Patch them all up. It’ll lessen entry points for the virus.
  • While you’re at it, sew up all the holes in your pairs of socks.
  • Time to clean up the molds on your collection of shoes!
  • You may have missed cleaning the Last Supper painting and giant spoon and fork woodcarving hanging on your wall. Dust them up!
  • You’ve been receiving tons of Facebook friend request lately, haven’t you? Accept them all — common friend or no common friend — then go back and unfriend them one by one. Then repeat.
  • It’s time to delete all those embarrassing photos of yourself that you have posted on your Facebook page.
  • Now is a good time to check the expiry dates of the cans and cans of sardines, pork and beans, and soups in your cupboard. And don’t forget the cartons of orange juice and milk in your fridge!
  • Haven’t you had enough collection of empty cardboard and styrofoam boxes you saved from your takeout meals? You know what to do. And don’t forget your collection of used plastic spoons and forks.
  • You’ve had the plastic covering on your couch and dining chairs long enough. Discard them! They may be harboring unwanted viruses and bacteria!
  • How many jars of spare coins do you have sitting on top of your credenza? Roll them up by denomination and give them to the homeless.  They especially need them in this time of crisis.
  • When was the last time you gave your Shih Tzu a bath?

Do you have other suggested activities? Let us know in the comments section. We’re in this together. We heal as one!