SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – It is a weird Filipino tradition during the Holy Week — Filipino men flagellating themselves as penitence for their past wrongdoings. It is a tradition that has withstood many decades, despite the fact that the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines frowns on it.
Well, that tradition seems to have taken roots in San Francisco, California. Men and women flagellating themselves year-round, leading up to the annual Folsom Street Fair where BDSM (bondage, discipline/domination, sadism and masochism) goes on public display.
Although the Folsom Street Fair is months away, reports have it that ex-Comelec Chair Andy Bautista who is accused of hiding in the U.S. to escape an arrest warrant and charges of unexplained wealth, was sighted flagellating himself on Maundy Thursday at the corner of Folsom and Seventh Streets.
Is Bautista finally coming to terms with Jesus, repenting for his sins and finally deciding to return to the Philippines to face the charges against him?
Or is it just an excuse to give way to his leather fetish?
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A survey just released by Pubicus, International (P.I.) showed that reports of Filipino extra-marital affairs dropped significantly in March this year.
The survey, conducted during the last week of March coincided with Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines. It showed the numbers reduced to 3 per 100,000 population, compared to the previous month’s 33 per 100,000 population.
Researchers at P.I. attributed the low numbers to the highly effective fire prevention campaign of the current administration.
One particular public service announcement released through news and social media and via giant billboards said “Ngayong Buwan ng Marso — Huwag maglaro ng apoy!”
“Maglaro ng apoy” (play with fire ) is part of a Filipino dictum that refers to people engaging in extra-marital affairs.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The fate of Cha Cha in the Philippine Senate is grim, to say the least, as majority of sitting Senators are going for Rigodon instead.
Cha Cha is, of course, the proposed charter change which the House of Representatives overwhelming supports but is doomed without Senate approval. It is also a well-loved dance that has survived many generations and is a favorite in many a ballroom dancing.
Rigodon (de Honor) is a Filipino indigenous dance where participants constantly change partners — just like Senators who keep changing their minds, their affiliations, their stance on the issue of amending the 1987 Constitution.
In the Rigodon dance, participants also march back and forth and go in circles, just like what members of the Upper Chamber are known for.
So dear readers, which dance do you prefer? Cha Cha or Rigodon?
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