Category Archives: Human Interest

U.S., China Simultaneously Unload Aid, Donations To The Philippines At Clark

IMG_2537.JPGCLARK AIRBASE, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In an unusual display of international cooperation, both the United States and China yesterday unloaded their respective government aid and donations to the Philippines at ceremonies held at Clark Airbase in Pampanga.

The Chinese and American planes parked side by side on the tarmac and it was a sight to behold.

China 🇨🇳  turned over P370 million worth of arms and ammunition to President Rodrigo Duterte, along with a P5 million donation for the families of slain soldiers in Marawi City.  This is on top of the P15 million it earlier donated to the Philippine government for the rehabilitation and relief operations in the conflict-torn city of Mindanao.

IMG_2546The United States 🇺🇸 , on the other hand, unloaded its generous donation to the Marawi siege victims — 300 cases of SPAM. (Unknown perhaps to the Donald Trump administration, most of the victims of the Marawi siege practice the Muslim Faith and do not eat pork.)

Duterte expressed the Filipino people’s gratitude to both governments. “Change has indeed come,” he said.

 

 

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PRIDE MONTH: LGBT Community Struggles With Identity

IMG_2108SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. Queer. Questioning. Homo. Gender-bending. Gender-variant. Cross-dresser. Closeted. Out. Two-spirit. Mahu. Bakla. On-the-bus.

In a politically-correct societal atmosphere, not one word is sufficient to describe the diversity of the gay and lesbian community.  Oftentimes, in the struggle for inclusion, the community sometimes ends up being divisive (and divided) and very sensitive to the many labels that describe — or try to describe — it.

So, in the spirit of inclusion, and in celebration of PRIDE month, we propose an all-inclusive acronym to refer to this very diverse community:

LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ.

Philippines Named Paper Selfie Capital Of The World!

IMG_2039MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In 2014, Makati City and Pasay City in the Philippines were named “Selfie Capitals of the World,” with an impressive record of 258 selfie takers for every 100,000 people.

With the Philippine population now at over 100 million, that record translates into a whopping 250,000 plus Filipinos afflicted with selfitis a mental disorder confirmed by the American Psychiatric Association.

This year, the Philippines set another world record by being named the ‘Paper Selfie Capital of the World.’

‘Paper selfie” refers to the taking of self portraits with paper in hand which includes petitions, court filings, affidavits and other legal documents.

It is a trend now popular among members of the country’s Liberal Party and opposition, made all the more prestigious by the likes of Senators Antonio Trillanes, Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino, Franklin Drilon and Kiko Pangilinan; human rights activists Etta Rosales and Chito Gascon; Representative Gary Alejano; and self-confessed murderers Arthur Lascañas and Edgar Matobato.

Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) told The Adobo Chronicles that “the new distinction puts the Philippines on the world map and shows that Filipinos will not be left behind when it comes to technology and vanity.”

So what are you waiting for? Grab a stack of paper and take a selfie!