SILICON VALLEY, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Bureau) – Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon, first used in the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot devices developed by Amazon Lab126.
Like Apple’s Siri, it is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, and other real-time information, such as news.
Because Alexa has gained worldwide popularity, many consumers have been begging Amazon to create a multi-lingual version of the female assistant.
Today, Amazon announced the five finalists for the Filipino Alexa, following almost a year of intensive search for the voice that would do justice to the original.
Amazon’s strict criteria for the search included: standout personality, unique Filipino accent, pleasant and soothing voice and willingness to be at the command of Alexa consumers and owners.
Here are the five nominees. They are famous enough we don’t need to name them. If this were subject to a vote, who would you choose to be the Filipino Alexa?
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – When President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union Address (SOTU) tonight, there are two important things the American audience should know:
1. Tea Party Republican Congressman Paul Gosar says he has asked the Capitol police and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to check the immigration status of everyone in attendance and to arrest and deport any “illegal aliens.”
2. Trump is asking all non-US citizens to turn off their TV sets or disable their computers and mobile devices to prevent them from watching the SOTU via live streaming.
A White House spokesperson told The Adobo Chronicles that tonight’s SOTU is all about the president’s America First policy, and nothing in his speech will be of concern to “illegal” immigrants or permanent residents.
To reiterate: all non US citizens and undocumented immigrants, KEEP OUT!
KALIBO, Aklan (The Adobo Chronicles, Iloilo Bureau) – It’s that time of year when Kalibo transforms into a mardi-gras world to celebrate the Ati-Atihan Festival, commemorating the feast of the Sto. Niño, or the child Jesus.
The Catholic Church — despite the festival’s commercialization for decades now — maintains that Ati-Atihan remains, and should remain, a religious festival.
And so, when a Mr. and Miss Bikini Open was held in conjunction with the festivities, Fr. Joesel Quan cried ‘foul.’ He bemoaned the attire of the contestants.
However, a young altar boy close to Fr. Quan, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Adobo Chronicles that the real reason the priest was concerned and disappointed was because the chosen bikini attires of the contestants were not ‘revealing enough.’
”Father was so looking forward to the event, and even volunteered to be a judge. But when all was said and done, he was not happy and instead publicly complained about the impropriety of the extra-curricular event.