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FilAms Who Attended FASO Gala In Los Angeles Want A Refund

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LOS ANGELES, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Los Angeles Bureau) – Many Filipino Americans living in Los Angeles coughed up big bucks (translation: U.S. dollars) to be among the selected few to witness a performance of one of the most revered cultural/dance traditions of their homeland — the ‘Rigodon de Honor.”

The Rigodon is a traditional dance from the Philippines that evolved from dances brought to thePacific islands by Spanish settlers in the sixteenth century. Historically, the dance is meant to represent a certain sense of elevated status among those who take part in it, and is often performed at galas, balls and other formal occasions celebrated by the rich and powerful.

It was supposed to be a highlight of the fundraising gala sponsored by FASO, the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra Foundation, billed as a night of music, dance and culture.

But alas, what invited guests witnessed was a Rigodon de Dishonor, highlighted by the presence of Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo who turned the prestigious cultural event into a laylayan political event.

Nobody in the audience wanted to listen to her lies about the Duterte government, Martial Law in Mindanao, the Philippines’ war on drugs and her supposed fundraising for the victims of the Marawi City terrorist siege. But Robredo was oblivious to the evening’s purpose.

And so, as she took to the podium (actually a music stand) to deliver her packaged speech prepared by Georgina Hernandez and her socmed staff, the guests walked out in disgust.

Now, FASO has been deluged with letters, phone calls and emails demanding for refunds of the cost of tickets paid by the invitees who were so looking forward to witness the Rigodon de Honor.

It must be a dishonorable next few weeks for FASO.  But it should be a lesson learned. Well learned.

 

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Leni Robredo The Soprano To Grace Night Of Symphony In Los Angeles

IMG_1453LOS ANGELES, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Los Angeles Bureau) – Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo refuses to just sit around waiting for something to happen to the president.  She’s been jetsetting.

But who knew Robredo was an accomplished soprano?

On June 17, 2017, the VP will be the guest performer during the Filipino American Symphony Orhestra (FASO)’s gala event to be held at the Edwin & Lani Raquel Residence (formerly the Mary Pickford Estate) in Los Angeles.

FASO is the only Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines.

Dubbed “A Night of Symphony,” the event will be highlighted by the debut performance of a new, comissioned work, “Sa Dulo Ng Laylayan,” to be sung by Robredo.

The Adobo Chronicles has just learned that the event is sold out, and that the only tickets available are those from scalpels, if one can locate them.

Do we hear a “Bravo?”

 

Where In The World Is Jim Paredes?

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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Filipino-Australian Jim Paredes, Duterte critic and former member of the music group Apo Hiking Society, is missing!

After that viral video tape showing him berating a group of pro-Duterte youth at the EDSA 31 commeration, he hasn’t been seen around.  There are no indications that he has returned to Australia.

But finally, Paredes has given a clue on his whereabouts.

In a tweet posted several days ago, Paredes said:

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But his Twitter message generated more questions than answers.  Both his fans and critics still have no clue where he is.

Speculations range from Paredes having joined the New People’s Army or Abu Sayyaf to being in an anti-Duterte rally where only 40 people were in attendance.  Others are saying that he could be vacationing in Brazil’s Amazon forest, where as a Filipino citizen, he doesn’t need a visa to visit.

Or maybe, he has decided to be a monk?