MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Justin Bieber may have cancelled his Manila concert, but the hit song ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee –featuring the Canadian singer — will remain in the music charts for a long time.
Well, not the Bieber version, but the cover of the English-Latin song, by a talented local artist.
In addition to topping the charts, the song has been adopted as the official theme music of the Duterte administration.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Canadian singer Justin Bieber has had many encounters with the law. And he has admitted being hooked on alcohol and drugs, although he claims he is now “clean.”
China has permanently banned Bieber from holding concerts in the country due to his “bad behavior.”
So what happens when he visits the Philippines on September 30 this year for a concert at the Philippine Arena?
The Philippines has not banned the singer, but in keeping with President Duterte’s war on drugs, Bieber must undergo a drug test prior to his arrival in Manila.
“This is for his own safety and benefit. We do not want him to have encounters with our local law enforcement if he is found to be under the influence of drugs,” a statement from the Office of the President said.
The Philippines justified its drug test requirement for Bieber by citing a similar demand for Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao prior to his fight with Floyd Mayweather.
Filipinos and others attending Bieber’s concert will also have to provide a certificate or notarized pledge that they are drug-free.
Ticket prices for the concert range from P3,000 (about $60) to P39,000 (about $780).
Meanwhile, The Adobo Chronicles has learned that Bieber’s front act for his Philippine concert is former APO Hiking Society band member, anti-Duterte Jim Paredes.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure updating the rules on the correct rendition of the Philippines’ national anthem.
House Bill No. 5224 seeks to impose stiff penalties of P50,000 to P100,000 on “any person who, or entity which violates any provision” of the proposed law.
Under the proposed measure, singing along when the anthem is played at public gatherings “shall be mandatory and must be done with fervor.” It must also be sung properly, in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe: in 2/4 beat when played, and within the range of 100 to 120 metronome, in 4/4 beat when sang.
There is no truth to the rumor that those who sing the anthem “out of tune” will also be penalized.
However, a separate House Bill, No. 666, penalizes any elected official “who is out of tune with the Filipino people.”
Many will recall that in a recent BBC interview with Antonio Trillanes, host Stephen Sacukur asked the senator if he was out of tune with the Filipino people.
Violation of House Bill No. 666 carries a penalty of permanent disbarment from running for public office and banishment to Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.
So, you can be out of tune with the national anthem but not the Filipino people.