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Multi-Awarded Director Brillante Mendoza To Direct New Superhero Film, “Digong”

The cast of “Digong.” (Photo credit: Jayson Javier)

MANILA, Philippines (Manila Bureau ) – Multi-awarded Filipino film director Brillante Mendoza has been chosen to direct a new superhero film, “Digong,” based on the true-to-life story of new Philippine President Rod Duterte and his family.

Mendoza, the only Filipino that has won a directing award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival for his 2009 film, “Kinatay,” was Duterte’s one and only choice to direct the superhero flick.

Mendoza’s Ma’Rosa” was also critically acclaimed at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and won the Best Actress award for Jaclyn Jose, another first for a Filipino.

In addition to directing the superhero film, Mendoza has also been chosen to direct President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) scheduled for July 25 this year.

Aside from the president, others in the cast of “Digong” include his children Sara, Paulo, Sebastian and Kitty; as well as his right-hand man Bong Go and new Philippine National Police Chief General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa.

“Digong” is a about a superhero family and their allies out to stamp out drugs, corruption and criminality in the fantasyland Pinas.

Mendoza hopes that this new film will finally earn for the Philippines a Best Picture award in Cannes next year.


What Mayor Rod Duterte Plans To Do With NAIA If Elected President

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Laglag bala, brownouts, collapsed ceilings, flooding, non-functioning airconditioning units, lost luggage, extortion,  you name it.  The Filipinos and international travelers visiting Manila have had it with the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the world’s worst airport according to many travel surveys.

Well, so has presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Today, Duterte made the biggest and most popular promise in his campaign.

“On my first day in office, I will rename NAIA back to Manila International Airport, because international pilots have a hard time saying the name when communicating with air traffic control.”

“Secondly, I will fire ALL airport personnel starting with Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Angel Honrado.  He’ll be a gonner!”

“Next, I will ask all fired employees except Honrado to reapply, but only after going through a lie-detector test.  Only those who pass the test will be considered for re-employment.  There will only be one question in the test: have you ever done any hocus-pocus while employed at NAIA?”

Minutes after he made this campaign promise, Duterte’s national poll ratings shot up to 98%, assuring him of a landslide victory in the May 9, 2016 Philippine elections.

Hail the new president!


Duterte Unveils Proposed Philippine Railway Plan In Exchange For Giving Up Spratlys To China


imageDAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – With over 7,000 islands separated by water, the Philippines has faced major challenges in bringing about fast and efficient travel within the country, thereby creating barriers in terms of trade, tourism and unity among Filipinos.  Not anymore.

Previously, we reported that presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte promised, if elected, to abandon the Philippines’ claim to the Spratly islands in the South China Sea provided China builds trains that would make it easier for Filipinos to travel within their country.

Duterte’s statement caught the attention of the Beijing government and asked for more specifics.

In response, Duterte unveiled his plan for a Pan-Philippine high-speed railway system that would connect the northernmost province of the Philippines to the southernmost tip in Tawi-Tawi. The Davao City mayor wants China to pay for building the system.

China is reportedly very interested but is withholding a final decision until after the May 9 Philippine presidential elections — just in case Dueterte does not win.