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Screen grab, A&PI Wellness Center Website
Screen grab, A&PI Wellness Center Website

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – San Francisco’s Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, a non-profit health organization serving the needs of San Franciscans, including A&PI LGBTs, recently received a surprise gift in the mail:  a cake with an inscription, “We really do love you.”

The gift came from Sweet Cakes by Melissa, owned by Melissa and Aaron Klein, who were recently ordered by the Oregon Labor Commission to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for whom they refused to make a wedding cake.

The Kleins cited their Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage in denying the services.  The Commission ruled they discriminated against the women on the basis of their sexual orientation.

Apparently, A&PI Wellness Center was among the ten West Coast LGBTQ organizations that would be receiving a cake from the Kleins.

It would have been a sweet gesture from Sweet Cakes by Melissa, except that the package came with a DVD of  Audacity,  an anti-LGBTQ film created by New Zealand televangelist Ray Comfort. The DVD is about the work of Christians to “save” doomed LGBT people.

As of press time, the Wellness Center was still deciding what to do with the cake.

This could very well  be a classic case of “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

We suggest a bake sale.


imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – History has taught us about the racial prejudices of decades past. Are we better off now than those days when drinking faucets were segregated between whites and colored people, or when Filipinos were barred from entering establishments in America?

The big news this Easter weekend in the Philippines was the discovery of the yaya meal, served exclusively to nannies at the members-only luxurious resort at Balesin island, just miles from Manila.

But discrimination based on class or economic status is more pervasive than what was revealed in Balesin.

For our Easter Sunday edition, we feature a photo essay about social discrimination happening everywhere — in resorts, corporate offices, private condominiums, and yes, even in the U.S. Congress.

We let the photos speak for themselves. (Where available, we included links to corresponding narratives. Simply click on the image/photo.)

Yaya meal
Use service elevators
Use service elevators
Executives only
Welcome, Senators and Representatives; all others, please take the stairs
Welcome, Senators and Representatives; all others, please take the stairs


imageBALESIN ISLAND, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Described as a destination of unmatched natural beauty located off the eastern coast of Luzon in the Philippines, Balesin Island Club, Alphaland Corporation’s flagship project, is a 500-hectare tropical island paradise with 7.3 kilometers of pristine white-sand beaches. It is a members-only, private leisure getaway located 60 miles east of Manila that boasts of a clientele composed of the who’s who in politics, business, arts & entertainment, and the Philippines’ millionaires circle.

(The resort was the venue of the recent wedding of Senator Chiz Escudero and actress Heart Evangelista.)

What is little known about this exclusive resort is that it discriminates against the very customers that it is trying to attract: the rich people.

On Saturday, fashion designer and model Maggie Wilson-Consunji said that her mom was discriminated against by the resort. It happened during breakfast when the waiter refused to serve her mom the same delicious chicken adobo meal that her son Conner’s yaya (nanny) ordered. The waiter said the adobo was a ‘yaya meal’ and was not available to the rich clients of the resort.

Consunji  informs us she will file a formal complaint against the resort before the Philippine Commission on Human Rights on Monday for discriminating against rich people and for giving preferential treatment to nannies.

Here’s her story as posted on her Facebook page: