DALY CITY, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Daly City Bureau) – Manila Mayor Isko Moreno wants Chinese Nationals deported for calling his city a “Province of China.”
Meanwhile, across the Pacific in the United States, Mayor Glenn Sylvester also wants Filipinos and Filipino Americans deported for calling Daly City “Little Manila.”
Critics of the Philippine government’s pro-China stance have used the “Province of China” meme in their protest activities.
Daly City in Northern California has been referred to as “Little Manila” because of its huge Filipino population.
Moral of the story: Do not rename cities or countries lest you suffer dire consequences!
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is putting his money where his mouth is. Today, the Democrat lawmaker proposed to scrap the visa requirement for all Filipinos who want to travel to the United States and says he will file the appropriate Senate bill shortly.
Earlier, in a tweet expressing his support for the jailed Senator Leila De Lima, Durbin urged Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte “to stop threatening the travel” of Filipino Americans and so many others who travel between the U.S. and other nations.
”To prove that I’m not just all talk, I will sponsor a new Senate bill that would ensure the travel of all Filipinos to the U.S., visa-free. In doing so, I challenge Duterte not to make good his threat to require U.S. citizens to obtain a visa when traveling to the Philippines. This is all in the spirit of true reciprocity,” Durbin told The Adobo Chronicles.
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.