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Selfie before the 'Fight of the Century' with Manny Pacquiao, his coach Freddie Roach, and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel
Selfie before the ‘Fight of the Century’ with Manny Pacquiao, his coach Freddie Roach, and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel

COLUMBUS, Ohio (The Adobo Chronicles )  – In March of last year, The Adobo Chronicles broke the story about the decision of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to classify the taking of ‘selfies’ as a mental disorder. Called selfitis, or the inflammation of the ego, the disorder manifests itself in three stages: borderline, acute and chronic.

Today, the Ohio State University released a study which all but confirms that selfie taking and posting on the Internet is, indeed, a psychological disorder.

In the study, men who posted more photos of themselves online scored higher in measures of narcissism and psychopathy.

The researchers asked 800 men between the ages of 18 and 40 to fill out an online questionnaire asking about their photo posting habits on social media. The survey included questions about how often they posted photos of themselves on social media, and about whether and how they edited photos before posting. The participants were also asked to fill out standard questionnaires measuring anti-social behaviors and self-objectification (the tendency to overly focus on one’s appearance).

The researchers found that posting more photos was correlated with both narcissism and psychopathy. Editing photos, however, was only associated with narcissism, and not psychopathy. Narcissism measures inflated self-image (often motivated by underlying insecurity), while psychopathy involves a lack of empathy and impulsive behavior. themselves online scored higher in measures of narcissism and psychopathy.

The study focused on men, but it is common knowledge that women outpace men in terms of taking self photos, editing them and posting them on the Internet. Consequently, many social scientists and mental health professionals wonder whether selfitis symptoms are more prevalent and severe in women than in men.

That would be the subject of the next study.



imageSILICON VALLEY, California (The Adobo Chronicles)  – Technology giant Google is in deep trouble.  It is being accused of racism.  Not just racism, but racism against the current occupant of The White House.

Netizens who try to do a Google search using the terms ‘N*gga House’ will be directed to a famous address on Pensylvannia Avenue in the nation’s capital.

Go figure.




From top left, clockwise: El Gamma Penumbra, Flores, Junior New System, Dorodo

SINGAPORE (The Adobo Chronicles) –  Who will be the winner in the grand finals of ‘Asia’s Got Talent?’

Before you start flooding the inbox of The Adobo Chronicles with angry email, read on. We’re not saying the Filipinos will not win. On the contrary, one of the Filipino acts will be the winner!

It will be up to the voters to choose their favorite act from nine finalists: dancers Gao Lin and Liu Xin (China), musicians Khusugtun (Mongolia), dancers Triqstar (Japan), young rock stars The Talento (Thailand), tap dancers Dance Thrilogy (Singapore) and the rest from the Philippines:

Ten-year-old singer Gwyneth Dorodo took her flair to the next level when she carried through a moving interpretation of Sia’s “Titanium” in her final performance.

Taking the Super Bowl to the stage, hip-hop dance group Junior New System in football-inspired costume danced along a mashup of a bevy of songs and even waved the Philippine flag proudly.

Embodying the true meaning of a “diva,” classical singer Gerphil Flores delivered a spine-chilling rendition of “The Impossible Dream” from the musical “Man of La Mancha.” Wearing a golden dress, Gerphil literally stood on a pedestal as she belted out high note after high note, leaving the audience in awe and wanting more. Judge David Foster, who pressed the Golden Buzzer for Gerphil during the auditions, was left ecstatic. “I promise you, the world is gonna know about you. That’s a promise.”

Ingenuity and inspiration were what shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra exemplified when they showcased an arresting presentation about conservation of Mother Earth.Performing to “Pocahontas” theme song “Colors of the Wind,” the group showed the ways people destroy nature like hunting, dynamite fishing and littering. But they didn’t forget to give a lesson on how to take care of the planet.

So back to how the final winner is chosen: by viewer voting.

It just makes sense that voters from China, Singapore, Japan, Mongolia and Thailand would vote for their respective candidates. And so will the Filipinos. But with four acts in the grand finals, the Filipino vote would be split, four ways or what not.

In the past, where Internet voting determined the winner of international competitions — like the Miss Universe Photogenic award, the Filipino candidate ended up winning, almost 100% of the time. Talk about Internet and text-savvy Filipinos — all 100 Million of them!

So while we predict the winner of ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ to be one of the Filipino acts, it will be determined not by the Filipino vote alone but votes from other Asian countries.

But then, miracles happen in the Philippines, so maybe, just maybe, the Filipinos will unite to vote for a single Filipino act.


We’re really torn between El Gamma Penumbra and Gerphil Flores. Both acts are teeming with talent — so impressive, so endearing.  We’d like for AGT to declare a tie but what are the odds of votes being split equally between the two?

So, we are going to predict that El Gamma Penumbra will win.  While we’ve seen similar acts in other versions of the show, like ‘America’s Got Talent’ or ‘Britain’s Got Talent,’ Penumbra’s act stands out because their artistry is consistently coupled with universal messages like peace, love, tourism and protecting the environment.

But don’t feel bad for Flores.  She is already a winner.  Expect David Foster to take her under his wing, like he did with Charice. This will not be the last time you see — and hear — Flores.

While we wait for the final results, we would like to conduct a poll on who among the Filipino acts you would like to win AGT: