Category Archives: Social Media

Love Fest Between Filipinos (Except Media) And Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Love continues to blossom between the Filipinos and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

First, Facebook launched free Internet in the Philippines in order to enable more Filipinos to have access to important information via their mobile devices.

Now, Zuckerberg is providing Filipino netizens with the opportunity to watch the June 30 inauguration of President-elect Rod Duterte, live!

Alas, not all Filipinos are happy — notably Philippine media.

Earlier, Duterte cancelled all media briefings after the incoming president castigated journalists for their sensationalized coverage of the Davao City mayor.  The Duterte camp has been channeling its public information mostly through the state-owned People’s Television Network (PTV-4).

Facebook’s live streaming of the Duterte inauguration will ensure a much wider people’s access to the June 30 national event.

Meanwhile, reliable sources have confirmed that there has been a sharp increase in the number of Filipino journalists who have sent resumes and job applications to various call centers and BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) companies operating in Manila and other cities.

Is biased journalism a dying profession in the Philippines?  Let’s see what happens in the next 6 years of the Duterte administration.

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There’s Life After Mar Roxas For Artist And Tour Guide Carlos Celdran

image.jpegMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Remember Carlos Celdran, the artist and  tour guide who vigorously defended Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas during the recent Philippine election campaign?  He’s baaaack!

Celdran first became famous when he staged a one-man protest during an ecumenical service in Manila, shouting and raising a placard with the word “Damaso” on it.  A Manila court found him guilty of offending religious feelings. (Damaso is a character in national hero Jose Rizal’s novel who represented the abusive friars during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines).

During the recent presidential campaign, he criticized a millennial BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) employee for  complaining about Roxas and the Liberal Party.

In a viral Facebook post on April 19, Celdran said “Without Mar and the Liberal Party, you WOULDN’T have that car NOR the job which paid for your freaking oversized Starbucks.”

Now that his candidate has lost the election, Celdran has turned to designing clothes.

image.jpegHis signature line is called, “Damian Domingo”, a collection of drawstring pants patterned after traditional costumes of 19th century Filipinos.  In his Internet promo, Celdran says that these “breezy pants are literally the coolest thing you could ever wear. Made of 100% cotton, Damian Domingos are sewn by traditional craftsmen in Laguna and delicately embroidered with cocoon bullion patterns at the hem.”  They are selling for P3,850, excluding shipping.

There is, after all, life after Mar Roxas.

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Mexico’s President Denies Filing For Divorce, Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

image.jpegMEXICO CITY, Mexico (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Rumors have been circulating on social media these past few days that Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has filed for divorce and that has made same-sex marriage a law in his country.

Nieto said that same-sex marriage is not yet legal in Mexico.  All he has done is to propose legislation legalizing it to Mexico’s Congress of the Union.

As far as rumors about his divorce is concerned, Nieto said he remains faithful and committed to his wife and 4 children.

“If ever I decide to file for divorce, you will read it first in The Adobo Chronicles,” the good-looking president said.

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