MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – She didn’t have to make a speech or deliver a statement. All she needed to do was to flaunt her fashion sense.
We’re talking about Leni Robredo, the Vice President of the Philippines.
On September 25, 2018, Robredo graced the 88th National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a Muslim country.
Cultural and religious sensitivity, as well as diplomatic protocol would have prompted Robredo — as a representative of the Philippine government — to dress appropriately on this occasion.
But she chose to wear a green lace, see-through dress which would make any Muslim — including Muslim Filipinos — cringe.
Muslim women cover up in public. But Robredo chose to bare her legs with her knee-length dress (the grayish slip – or was it Spandex shorts? – nothwithstanding).
Strike Two for insensitivity for Ms. Robredo. Remember the smiley faces at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin?
HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles, Honolulu Bureau) – Singer Bruno Mars is finally breaking his silence after black writer Seren Sensei accused him of cultural appropriation.
Sensei’s comment was made during an online panel discussion on black music. She said Mars was a karaoke and wedding singer.
Today, The Adobo Chronicles caught up with Mars at the Hilton Hawaiian Village where the singer is taking a much-needed R&R from his very busy and successful show business career.
”I leave it to the experts to decide about cultural appropriation,” Mars said. “However, I think Sensei, with a name like that, is guilty of cultural misrepresentation. She’s no Japanese nor a teacher, so taking on the name all but amounts to fakery and opportunism.”
Mars was born in Hawaii, to a Puerto Rican father and a Filipina mother.
Multicultural appropriator would have been more appropriate to describe him. But even that does not do justice to his sheer talent.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Singer Bruno Mars was the subject of heated Twitter disccussions this weekend, after he was accused of ‘cultural appropriation.’
Mars, who is half-Filipino, came under fire as part of an online roundtable discussion which saw writer Seren Sensei hit out at Mars — like sour grapes —for appropriating black music.
Sensei’s comments didn’t sit well with Filipinos so they are standing up for their kababayan (countryman).
This Sunday, one million Filipinos are expected to march on EDSA to show their support for Mars.
’We want to show to the world that Filipinos are not just great karaoke singers (which Sensei accused Mars of being), but that we are proud of our culture and will not allow anyone to insult us or someone of our own,’ a march spokesperson said.
The marchers plan to burn a giant effigy of Sensei.
EDSA is Metropolitan Manila’s main thoroughfare that has been the venue of massive protests, including that which ousted the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos.