MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It’s the ‘ber’ months — the unofficial start of the Christmas season in the Philippines — and once again, Filipino shoppers will be treated to the time-honored tradition of malls playing Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas carols.
This year, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared September 1 as a special non-working holiday to enable Filipinos nationwide to pay tribute to the singer for all seasons and all decades.
The proclamation was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, urging young and old to troop to the malls and experience this Christmas tradition that’s unlike anything, anywhere in the world.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Julian Felipe and Jose Palma, composer and lyricist, respectively, of the Philippine National Anthem must be turning in their graves.
First, Senate President Tito Sotto wants to change the last line of the anthem from “ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo” to “ang ipaglaban ang kalayaan mo.”
Now, incarcerated Senator Leila de Lima has joined in the fray.
She wants to change the last line of the anthem instead to “ang makulong ng dahil shabu.”
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles, Honolulu Bureau) – Singer Bruno Mars is finally breaking his silence after black writer Seren Sensei accused him of cultural appropriation.
Sensei’s comment was made during an online panel discussion on black music. She said Mars was a karaoke and wedding singer.
Today, The Adobo Chronicles caught up with Mars at the Hilton Hawaiian Village where the singer is taking a much-needed R&R from his very busy and successful show business career.
”I leave it to the experts to decide about cultural appropriation,” Mars said. “However, I think Sensei, with a name like that, is guilty of cultural misrepresentation. She’s no Japanese nor a teacher, so taking on the name all but amounts to fakery and opportunism.”
Mars was born in Hawaii, to a Puerto Rican father and a Filipina mother.
Multicultural appropriator would have been more appropriate to describe him. But even that does not do justice to his sheer talent.