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Casting Call For New York Times’ Blockbuster Hollywood Film In The Philippines

IMG_0017.PNGMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Calling all Filipinos! Here’s your chance to become a Hollywood film actor.

The New York Times has sent a crew to Manila to film what the newspaper hopes to be a blockbuster Hollywood film.  It is the Times’ first international venture at film producing aimed at rivaling Disney Films, known for fairy tales and fantasy movies. Partial funding for this project  was provided by the Loida Nicolas-Lewis Peace and Justice Foundation.

Tentatively titled “La P*ta,” (English subtitle: “La Pieta”), the film follows the lives of millions of Filipinos who are living in fear and grief, and whose peaceful and happy lives have been shattered by the alleged extra-judicial killings resulting from popular Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

The New York Times has already announced some of its leading cast members for this film — Filipinos who will play themselves in this monumental epic, including Senators Leila De Lima, Alfonso Trillanes, and Risa Hontiveros.

Still to be cast are those who will portray Duterte, Philippine National Police Chief ‘Bato’ de la Rosa, self-confessed murderers Edgar Matobato and Arthur Lascañas, Jim Paredes, Cynthia Patag and Leah Navarro.

Extras  will also be hired to portray police officers, members of death squads and thousands of others for the film’s crowd scenes.

Interested and aspiring Filipino actors are encouraged to send their resumes to: letters@nytimes.com

What are you waiting for?

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American TV Series ‘Madam Secretary’ Tackles Issue Of Treason In The Philippines

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HOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Los Angeles Bureau) – The American television series “Madam Secretary” made headlines weeks ago after it depicted the “Philippines’ unconventional new president” crossing the line by making inappropriate advances towards the female lead character, US Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord.

Viewers believe that it was a depiction of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Now, The Adobo Chronicles has just learned that an upcoming episode of the same TV series again tackles a delicate issue in the Philippines: treason.

In the trailer obtained by AdoboChron, a certain “unconventional and rookie Vice President in the Philippines” travels to Washington D.C. and meets with the U.S. Secretary of State. She shows her alleged videos of extra-judicial killings in her country. In that meeting, she asks Madam Secretary to support her plot to oust the Philippine president.

In response, Madam Secretary tells the VP straight in the face that that’s not how Democracy works. “What you’re doing is treason,” she tells the VP.

The show’s producers have yet to schedule a play date for the new episode.

Stay tuned!

Where In The World Is Jim Paredes?

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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Filipino-Australian Jim Paredes, Duterte critic and former member of the music group Apo Hiking Society, is missing!

After that viral video tape showing him berating a group of pro-Duterte youth at the EDSA 31 commeration, he hasn’t been seen around.  There are no indications that he has returned to Australia.

But finally, Paredes has given a clue on his whereabouts.

In a tweet posted several days ago, Paredes said:

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But his Twitter message generated more questions than answers.  Both his fans and critics still have no clue where he is.

Speculations range from Paredes having joined the New People’s Army or Abu Sayyaf to being in an anti-Duterte rally where only 40 people were in attendance.  Others are saying that he could be vacationing in Brazil’s Amazon forest, where as a Filipino citizen, he doesn’t need a visa to visit.

Or maybe, he has decided to be a monk?