Category Archives: Culture

Honolulu Makes Philippine VP Aspirant Lito Atienza Honorary Mayor

HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles, Honolulu Bureau) – House Deputy Speaker and former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza has been adopted by the City and County of Honolulu as its honorary mayor.

Atienza is vying for the position of Vice President in the May 2022 elections under Senator Manny Pacquiao’s party. Pacquiao is running for President.

The Adobo Chronicles learned that Honolulu is making this move in line with the sister city relationship between the Hawaiian city and Manila.

Honolulu has about 30 sister cities across the globe.

Asked why Honolulu didn’t pick incumbent mayor Isko Moreno as its honorary mayor, a spokesperson said that Atienza was chosen because of being a poster boy for the Aloha shirt. The VP aspirant has made the Hawaiian shirt his signature attire.

”We appreciate his ongoing promotion of Hawaii,” the spokesperson said.

Ex-Comelec Commissioner Andy Bautista Eludes NBI Agents At San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair!

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – After an involuntary hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair returned today, Sunday, September 26.

Folsom Street Fair is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair, held in September, that caps San Francisco’s “Leather Pride Week”. The Folsom Street Fair, sometimes simply referred to as “Folsom”, takes place on Folsom Street between 8th and 13th Streets, in San Francisco’s South of Market district.

The Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) was hoping to run into, and arrest former Commission on Elections chief Andy Bautista who is believed to have fled to San Francisco to evade arrest after being issued warrants by the Philippine Senate.

Bautista faces a complaint stemming from allegations made by his estranged wife, Patricia, that he accepted commissions on referred cases, had ghost employees, and went on questionable trips. He resigned before impeachment proceedings against him could commence in the Senate.

It was later on discovered that Bautista had flown to the US on November 21, 2017. He refused to return to the Philippines despite a subpoena to attend a Senate probe, citing “medical challenges”, and added that he never received the summons sent by lawmakers.

Bautista is reportedly a leather and BDSM fanatic, and the NBI was hoping to find him in San Francisco, at the Folsom Street Fair.

Alas, NBI didn’t run into Bautista, perhaps because health protocols of the street fair required attendees to wear face masks. It’s difficult to identify people when masked.

Robredo Criticizes New Bill On Alternate FiliPino Way Of Greeting

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The House of Representatives passed on final reading the “Bating Filipino” bill proposing to institutionalize a new gesture of greeting and friendship that may be part of the public health and safety protocols as the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an alternative to the traditional handshake.

Vice President Leni Robredo immediately criticized the bill, saying placing the palm against the chest along with a slight nod has never been part of Filipino custom and tradition.

Instead, Robredo suggested that Filipinos be given the choice of either a fist bump or the “L” sign, depending on whether they are DDS (Diehard Duterte Supporter) or Dilawan (Yellows).