MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – For once, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is doing something in the service of the Filipino by issuing a quarantine order for the ABS-CBN Network.
The quarantine order stems from the network’s airing of the movie, “Contagion,” as well as its locally-produced telserye on 24/7 — both dealing with the subject of a virus spread. The airing comes at a time when Filipinos are panicking over the continued spread of the coronavirus in China and other countries.
The PCOO order would mean the temporary shutdown of ABS-CBN so that it would not be able to continue airing the films which could only exacerbate the fear already being felt by the Filipino people.
It wasn’t clear how long the quarantine period will be, but the worst case scenario is that the order will last until March 20 when ABS-CBN’s media franchise expires. In that case, the quarantine will be forever.
Who says “walang forever?” (There is no forever).
LOS ANGELES, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Los Angeles Bureau) – There has been a lot of speculation on what song Filipino Marcelito Pomoy will sing during the finals of America’s Got Talent (AGT).
In the semi-final episode of the reality show, judge Simon Cowell challenged Pomoy to take a bigger risk and sing something that will better showcase his dual talent of belting out songs in both male and female voices.
The Adobo Chronicles has learned that Pomoy, for his ultimate performance, will sing The Star-spangled Banner, otherwise known as the U.S. National Anthem.
It is widely acknowledged that the song is one of the most challenging for even the seasoned singers because of the voice range required to perform it.
Pomoy will sing the anthem mimicking the late Whitney Houston and Luther Vandross — both of whom have performed the song at the Super Bowl to much acclaim.
It will be a performance that would surely elicit a standing ovation from the judges and audience!
PARK CITY, UTAH (The Adobo Chronicles, Hollywood Bureau) – Maria Ressa could bring honor to the Philippines if she wins the Best Actress Award at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival.
The Rappler CEO stars and was nominated in a new film titled, “We Will Hold The Line,” which chronicles her own journey from being a “war correspondent” to being an accused in several criminal cases in the Philippines, ranging from tax evasion to cyber libel.
Film Festival jurors, who spoke to The Adobo Chronicles — on condition of anonymty — said they were impressed by Ressa’s portrayal of a journalist fighting for press freedom amid what she says is a conscious attempt by the Philippine government to silence her by weaponizing the law to shut her up.
Best of luck, Ms. Ressa! Bring home the bacon — minus ASF!