Category Archives: LGBT

First Official Entry To 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival Announced

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Metro Manila Film Festival committee has announced the first approved entry for this year’s film competition.

The film. “The Sexy Dancer and the Tranny,” stars two of the country’s bloggers, Mocha Uson and Sass Rogando Sasot. Uson has had films to her credit before but this is Sasot’s first venture into the movie world.

The film is produced by ABS-CBN’s Star Cinema, which said it will be a “hair-pulling, bathroom-inducing movie experience” that movie-goers shouldn’t miss.

”Hair-pulling” obviously refers to a past Star Cinema film, “Four Sisters and a Wedding” which featured a hair-pulling encounter between Uson and Angel Locsin.

”Bathroom-inducing” is in reference to the public toilet controversy involving transgender woman Gretchen Diez which sparked a national debate on SOGIE, the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression bill now in the Senate.

Sasot supports the bill but Uson says the bill needs to be looked into before being made into law, sparking heated online conversations between the two bloggers who are supposed to be good friends.

Sasot identifies as a transgender woman while Uson admits to being bisexual in the past.


Preempting SOGIE: Baguio City Council Passes SOGO

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguip Bureau) – The Summer Capital of the Philippines has become infamous because of controversial ordinances passed by its City Councilors and signed into law by the Mayor.

The ordinances include ‘no cussing’ and ‘no use of electronic gadgets while walking the streets of Baguio. At some point the local officials were also considering a Barangay proposal to ban the public hanging of underwear to dry.

Now,  Baguio City Hall, in a move to preempt the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) Bill now being deliberated on in the Philippine Senate, has passed its own local ordinance in support of the LGBT community.

The new law is called SOGO — Sexual Orientation and Gender Ordinance — which outlines comprehensive measures to prevent and outlaw discriminatory practices directed at LGBTs.

While LGBT advocates praised the new ordinance, a popular budget hotel chain is suing the city government for trademark infringement. The hotel chain, of course, is SOGO.