MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – They’re called Americans, Germans, Italians, Canadians, Australians — regardeless of their gender. But for Philippine citizens, they are referred to according to their gender: Filipino for males and Filipina for females.
Gender equality advocate Senator Risa Hontiveros wants to change that.
Today, she filed a Senate bill that would legislate a single term for Filipinos or Filipinas — Filipinix.
”It will just be more convenient for everybody to use a gender-neutral term when addressing Philippine citizens without having to offend either gender. It will also make communication simpler,” she told The Adobo Chronicles.
Hontiveros, who recently fought for the passage of a SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression ) Equality bill, added that “Filipinix” will also be inclusive of transgender people who self-identify as men or women.
The Opposition Senator got the idea from a similar practice or initiative in the United States in which a gender-neutral neologism — Latinx — is sometimes used instead of Latino or Latina to refer to people of Latin American cultural or racial identity.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Beauty lies in the beholder, and U.S. President Donald Trump is a beholder of beauty. After all, he used to own the Miss Universe Organization, franchise holder of the world’s leading international beauty pageant.
Now, Trump appears to be employing some beauty pageant diplomacy in his nomination for the next U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines to replace the outgoing Kim Sung.
Her name is Mina Chang, beauty queen.
Trump sure knows how to play with the weakness of the Filipino people — beauty pageants, and, many are saying Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s weakness — beautiful women.
Filipinos are expected to welcome this diplomatoc appointment with open arms, and Duterte is expected to be better behaved when it comes to Philippine-U.S. relations.
Move over, Miss Universe Catriona Gray.
OSLO, Norway (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – For his brand of diplomacy in dealing with the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was named today the recipient of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
While his political opponents are clamoring for his impeachment for his failure to protect his country’s territorial waters, peace advocates are praising him for refusing to go to war with China over what many are calling a Chinese intrusion into the Philippines’ fishing waters.
Most recently, Duterte had said that he will allow Chinese fishermen to fish in Philippine waters because China was a friend.
Internationally-accepted rules, in fact, recognize the fishing rights of all —regardless of who has claim over territorial waters — in areas considered to be “traditional fishing grounds.”
In deciidng to award Duterte the Peace Prize, the Nobel organization said the popular Philippine President has courageously maintained a stand of “Let’s all fish in peace.”
All we are saying is give fish a chance…