MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – She is done saluting the Jose Rizal Monument in Luneta. Been there. Done that. This year, in observance of the national hero’s day, Vice President Leni Robredo is doing something different.
Sources close to the Office of the Vice President tell The Adobo Chronicles that on December 30, Robredo will go on Facebook Live and reenact scenes from Rizal’s ‘Noli Me Tangere,’ particularly the role of Sisa.
In Rizal’s novel, Sisa, unable to stand up to her abusive husband, and later the Guardia Civil, went from one traumatic event to another, causing her to eventually lose her sanity due to the mental burden. This insanity manifested in her wandering around San Diego, calling out her children’s names, and singing songs out of nowhere.
Robredo’s co-host of her weekly radio show, Ka Ely, said that the VP is perfect for the role. Playing an insane woman is not an easy chore, he said. “But all Leni needs to do is to act as her crazy herself.”
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau – Rappler is reporting that a “museum remembering the horror and state oppression under the brutal dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos “ is set to be built inside the University of the Philippines – “more than 30 years since the reinstatement of democracy.”
Expected to open by 2022, or the 50th anniversary of the martial law declaration, the museum will occupy 1.4 hectares of land inside the UP Diliman campus. Bong Bong Marcos, son of the late President, is already eyeing the museum as the site of his inauguration should he win the 2022 Philippine Presidential elections.
In the meantime, The Adobo Chronicles was given an exclusive peek into what the museum will feature once completed. This includes scale models of :
The Philippine Heart Center
The Lung Center of the Philippines
Kidney Transplant Institute
The Cultural Center of the Philippines
Folks Arts Theater
National Arts Center
Bataan Nuclear Plant
San Juanico Bridge
Food Terminal, Inc.
A Kadiwa truck
A giant calculator that could add up the total length of roads, bridges, highways and irrigation systems built during the Marcos years
Weekly performances of the U.P. Madrigal Singers, Pangkat Kawayan, Bayanihan Dance Company, Lea Salonga and pianist Cecile Licad
A museum café featuring the nutribun
A gift shop featuring OPM (Original Pilipino Music) recordings
Free cans of Reno liver spread to all Museum guests
A display of what remains of Imelda Romauldez Marcos’ shoes collection and Filipiniana ternos.
There will also be a nightly bonfire where copies of Raissa Robles’ book, “Marcos Martial Law: Never Again,” will be burned.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) –President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday expressed hope that the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.’s life would inspire Filipinos to live with “courage and patriotism.”
Duterte made the statement as he joined the nation in commemorating Aquino’s 37th death anniversary.
Reacting to the statement, former President NoyNoy Aquino thanked Duterte for his kind words and made a comeback at Ninoy’s critics, saying:
”See what I’ve been saying all along? My dad was a patriot and courageous man. Even Duterte says so.”
Meanwhile, The Adobo Chronicles just learned that Opposition Senators Risa Hontiveros and Franklin Drilon have filed a resolution urging the government to transfer Ninoy’s remains to the Libingan ng mga Bayani, next to the remains of his nemesis, President Ferdinand E. Marcos.