Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Despite mixed early reviews, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is off to a swinging start at the Philippine box office.
As announced by Columbia Pictures Industries’ Victor Cabrera, the film’s cool P112.6 million gross from April 30 to May 1—the biggest first two-day gross in the country’s history— is a milestone for the rebooted Marvel superhero.
Kris Aquino, TV host and sister of Philippine President Noynoy Aquino immediately claimed credit for the film’s box office success. She said that her series of interviews with the film’s leading actors which aired on her local TV show last week was the reason for the flick to gain enormous popularity among Filipino moviegoers.
In the interviews, Aquino told Jamie Foxx that she is the Oprah Winfrey of the Philippines, commented that Emma Stone is not that hot, and boasted to Andrew Garfield that no local or foreign film could ever surpass the opening day record of her son Bimby’s local film, ‘My Little Bossings.’
Readers are asked to weigh in on Aquino’s claim by participating in The Adobo Chronicles’ online poll.
Florence, Italy (The Adobo Chronicles) – It is one of the world’s most famous statues, representing the Renaissance ideal of the male physique, but Michelangelo’s David is in danger of collapsing because of its weak ankles, new tests have revealed.
The Telegraph (U..K.) reports that Italian scientists have found tiny fractures in the statue’s ankles which means it is at risk of toppling over. The tests by the National Research Council and Florence University confirmed what has long been feared – that the celebrated work has been weakened over the centuries by its great weight.
Since the report was published last week, the Accademia Gallery in Florence which houses the famed sculpture has been flooded with phone calls and emails from concerned citizens throughout the world – from Australia to Latin America. Unsolicited donations came pouring in, mostly cash clipped inside get well cards written in many languages.
For its part, the Philippine government launched a nationwide relief campaign to solicit in-kind donations for the beleaguered David. Former Philippine First Lady and now member of Congress Imelda Romualdez Marcos volunteered to head the campaign. Marcos has always been known to be a “patroness of the arts.”
In less than 24 hours after the campaign was launched, hundreds of packages have filled the temporary campaign headquarters at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Donations included high-priced antique chairs, bar stools, kitchen counter stools, designer wheelchairs and gold-plated crutches.
Filipinos sure know how to come to the aid of the ailing David.
Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Unlike in the United States, the vice president of the Philippines need not be from the same political party as the president. This mix and match scenario makes elections both highly competitive and interesting.
The next Philippine presidential elections is not until 2016 but already, dozens of politicians have positioned themselves to run for the top leadership positions of this country of close to 100 Million people. News names, old names (but mostly old names) have surfaced as “presidentiables,” a term coined by Filipinos to refer to people who can be in the running for president.
To assist the electorate to have well-informed opinions and decisions, The Adobo Chronicles is launching a series of polls matching possible candidates for the president and vice president combination.
We encourage our readers to participate in this worldwide poll. You can see poll results in real time. Oh, and you can vote as many times as you want, just like people do in the Philippines.