Category Archives: Language

AS NORTH KOREA MANDATES MEN’S HAIRCUT, PHILIPPINES ISSUES ‘TAGALOG ONLY’ RULE

North Korea's Kim Jong Un, left, and the Philippines' NoyNoy Aquino
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, left, and the Philippines’ NoyNoy Aquino

Manila, Philippines – According to a new law recently passed in North Korea, all men are now required to sport the exact same haircut as President Kim Jong-un. Previously, men were given several choices of state-approved hairstyles. There is no change as far as women’s hairstyles are concerned.

Elsewhere in Asia, Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino has issued a new executive order mandating that all Filipinos speak only in Tagalog, the country’s national language. Aquino is known for always using Tagalog in his major speeches and press conferences. “Ang Tagalog ang siyang magdudulot ng pagkakaisa ng lahat ng Pilipino,” (Tagalog will bring about unity among all Filipinos) Aquino said as he announced the new executive order.

Filipinos with American and other foreign passports are exempted from the new rule.

Aquino tasked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to implement the order which provides for a fine of up to  five thousand pesos for the first offense, and six months in jail for each succeeding violation.

Any civilian who reports a violator to the police will receive 10% of the fine as reward and incentive.

 

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS WITH COMMON AMERICAN SURNAMES TO BE GIVEN PRIORITY IN OBTAINING LEGAL STATUS

imageWashington, D.C. – Earlier this week, The Adobo Chronicles  reported that the Republicans in Congress have finally agreed to support comprehensive immigration reform through a bill that would grant amnesty to the estimated 11 Million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Today, we have learned about additonal details of the almost identical bills in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

A key provision of the bills spells out who will be given priority in legalization or citizenship.

Undocumented immigrants whose last names correspond to the top 25 most common American surnames will be given priority in applying for a green card and eventual citizenship. The provision does not make any distinction among surnames acquired by birth, marriage or through court-approved petitions.

Hispanic, Latino, Chinese and Filipino immigration advocates immediately hailed the proposal considering that the list of top 25 most common American surnames includes : Garcia, Martinez, Rodriguez and Lee.

 

DALY CITY RESIDENTS REPORT ‘ASWANG’ SIGHTING

Police sketch of the Filipino Aswang
Police sketch of the Filipino Aswang

Daly City, California – The Daly City Police Department was deluged with calls Friday night from frightened local residents who reported seeing Aswang in their neighborhood. Twitter almost crashed, as did Verizon wireless, due to thousands taking to social media and smart phone texting to warn their friends and relatives about the sighting.

Aswang is a  mythical character  described as an evil creature that preys on fetuses. According to Philippine folklore, the Aswang lives like any other normal human being during the day but transforms into a wicked being at night in its constant search for pregnant women.

Daly City is home to a diverse population of about 100,000 people, a third of whom are Filipino.

After investigating the reports and tracing the origins of the viral tweets and text messages, the Police Department confirmed the sighting.  The Aswang was seen between 9 and 10 pm Friday on NBC’s episode of ‘Grimm,” courtesy of  Lt. Wu, played by Filipino American actor Reggie Lee.