Category Archives: Culture

Kim Kardasian Undresses The Traditional Japanese Kimono

NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau ) – In order to impress, some people dress up — others dress down. Reality star Kim Kardasian-West chooses to do the latter.

West has been criticized for launching a new line pf shapewear which she is calling kimono.

Kimono is of course the Japanese attire associated with royalty, respect, dignity and cultural tradition, and it is universally recognized as a  Japanese symbol, almost like the country’s flag.

It is therefore not surprising that West’scattempt to trademark her kimono has been met with fierce opposition on either side of the Pacific Ocean.

As a protester aptly declared: Kim has undressed the kimono!


Facebook Bans ‘Trapo’ From Netizen Posts

MENLO PARK, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Bureau) – Oxford Dictionaries defines the Filipino word, ‘trapo’ as a traditional, corrupt politician. Trapos abound in the Philippines — not just in politics but in media.

But when a netizen (disclosure: our publisher) called Philippine politicians and (biased) news media trash and trapos, Facebook censored his post, saying it goes against its community standard involving hate speech.

So our advice to our readers, use ‘refuse’ when referring to trash, and ‘trapeze’ when referring to trapo politicians and news media.

Or you can just say “basura.” Now your garbage can’t be censored, can it? It gets collected every week.


Oxford Dictionary Names Filipino Slang “Woke” Its 2019 Word Of The Year!

LONDON, United Kingdom (The Adobo Chronicles, Paris Bureau) – For the first time in its 140-year history, Oxford Dictionary  has named a Filipino slang as its “2019 Word of the Year.”

The word, “Woke,” has been used by Filipino netizens to describe members of the political Opposition and their followers in the context of being irrelevant, clueless, even idiots. The word has been especially popular during the political campaign period leading up to the May 13 Philippine midterm elections where all in the Opposition Senatorial slate, known as Otso Diretso, failed  to make it to the winning circle, or Magic 12.  Additional definitions of the word refer to those who “attended the wake” of the Opposition candidates (read: the demise of the Opposition.) 6B3CA481-A649-412B-B125-5398093E031E

Originally, “woke” bore the nuance of ‘alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice’, popularized through the lyrics of the 2008 song ‘Master Teacher’ by Erykah Badu, in which the words ‘I stay woke’ serve as a refrain, and more recently through its association with the Black Lives Matter movement, especially on social media.”

In honoring the Filipino version of the word, a spokesperson for Oxford said that they found the new, Filipino interpretation of “woke” more intriguing, interesting and touché, especially in the light of the growing political activism on social media.

Even respected  journalists like Rigoberto Tiglao of The Manila Times and top bloggers like R.J. Nieto, a.k.a. Thinking Pinoy, have adopted the word for their day-to-day vocabulary.

Well, okay. Even The Adobo Chronicles.