Category Archives: Race Relations

Barong Tagalog Designers Refuse To Make One For Donald Trump

AAAA5A12-DEE2-44BF-B18C-497F92DE3D7D.jpegMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – When the leaders of the member-nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meet for the annual summit in Manila next month, they will be donning the Philippine national attire for males.  It’s called the Barong Tagalog.

World leaders like Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau and Enrique Peña Nieto all looked dashing in their Filipino attire last during the last Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila.

But for this year’s ASEAN summit,  Filipino fashion designers are refusing to make a Barong Tagalog for Trump, in protest of his anti-immigration stance which impacts thousands of Filipinos now in, or planning to move to, the U.S.

Well, Trump will just have to wear the boring coat and tie.


One Million Protest March Awaits Donald Trump’s Manila Visit

IMG_5544.PNGMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In what is being described as “miraculously unprecedented,” supporters and critics alike of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will hold a joint protest march at the Luneta during the Manila visit of Donald Trump.

The U.S. President is scheduled to be in the Philippines this November to attend the summit meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Leaders of “Tindig Pilipinas,” an anti-Duterte movement and their Duterte counterparts secretly met at Club Filipino in Makati last night to finalize plans for the Million March.

Leading the protest march will be Senators Antonio Trillanes, Risa Hontiveros and Bam Aquino; Jim Paredes, Raissa Robles, Maria Ressa, Mocha Uson, Thinking Pinoy, Sass Rogando Sasot, and Imee Marcos who will lock hands throughout the rally.

President Duterte has given the go signal to provide incarcerated Senator Leila De Lima a one-day pass so she could participate in the march.

Is this the beginning of a United Philippines?

We have Trump to thank.

50 Container Vans Of Balut Rotting In Canadian Port

Canadian trash in Manila, left, and balut, right

TORONTO, Canada (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – Some 50 container vans of balut, the Filipino delicacy of boiled duck embryo, has been found rotting in an undisclosed port in Canada.

The shipment was imported by a local company for distribution in Filipino and Asian groceries and supermarkets throughout Canada. Balut is extremely popular among Filipinos and other Asians in Canada.

The Adobo Chronicles learned that the shipment was abandoned by the importer after hearing of the news that bird flu has been confirmed in the Philippines, particularly in the province of Pampanga, south of the capital, Manila.

The Canadian government is at a loss on what to do with the rotting eggs.

Could it be karma for Canada for the 2013 shipment of toxic trash exported to the Philippines, shipped as “heterogeneous plastic scrap materials” which was subsequently found to be non-recyclable plastics, used adult diapers, broken bottles and glasses, waste paper, household/kitchen waste, etc. ?

The Canadian government has asked the Philippines to take back the shipment, but Malacañang, the presidential palace, said “why would we do that when Canada refused to take back its trash from 2013?”

Despite the very friendly relationship between the Philippines and Canada, once in a while, the two countries have to deal with issues that stink.