Category Archives: Culture

Animal Rights Group Wants Philippine Government To Ban Lechon

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.


Baguio City To Ban The Barrel Man Woodcarving

B5E8DC2A-B441-4DC8-A884-CCE47A4EC4C9.jpegBAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Now that Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan has signed into law an ordinance penalizing profanity in the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Councilor Lilia Fariñas, who authored the ordinance, is setting her sights on Barrel Man.

Visitors to Baguio have, for many decades, been amused by that famous woodcarved souvenir, the Barrel Man (see photo).  But alas, he may soon go totally extinct.

Fariñas told The Adobo Chronicles that banning profanity was just the first step in restoring decency to the city. “Now it’s time to go after graphic and X-Rated Baguio souvenirs,” she said.

Because The Adobo Chronicles is a family-oriented site, we can’t show you what’s underneath that barrel woodcarving.  But our readers can always use Google to do their own research.