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SAN FRANCISCO BANS WILD AND EXOTIC ANIMALS FROM CIRCUSES, FILMS AND TV

A scene from the Hollywood film, 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'
A scene from the Hollywood film, ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – For the longest time, it has been the ‘elephant in the room’ in circuses, films and television shows: wild and exotic animals used commercially for public amusement.

This week, the ultra radical San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance banning performances by these animals in circuses and on film. It takes effect in 30 days.

Passage of the measure, opposed by the circus and motion picture industries, makes San Francisco the largest city to adopt such a sweeping prohibition on the commercial use of wild animals for public amusement.

The ordinance does not apply to domesticated animals, such as dogs, cats, horses and other livestock or pets. Educational activities or exhibitions accredited by certain zoological and museum organizations are also exempt.

It does bar any public showing, carnival, fair, parade, petting zoo, ride, race, film shoot or other undertaking in which wild or exotic animals “are required to perform tricks, fight or participate as accompaniments for the entertainment, amusement or benefit of an audience.”

Wild and exotic animals are defined as any nondomestic or hybrid creature, whether or not it was bred in captivity. That means elephants, tigers, lions, apes, monkeys, snakes, deer, politicians and right-wing conservatives.

It wasn’t clear whether films like ‘Planet of the Apes,’ filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area (including the Golden Gate Bridge) will be banned from being shown in local theaters and television, or rented out through Netflix.

MULTI-AWARDED ACTRESS NORA AUNOR CALLS FOR PRESIDENT AQUINO TO STEP DOWN

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It was one of the most powerful, fist-clenching scenes ever seen on Philippine cinema, with a true-to-life character played by multi-awarded Filipina actress Nora Aunor.

The scene:

Aunor calling for the resignation of President Noynoy Aquino in a stirring speech at a rally by Migrante International, a support group for overseas Filipino workers.

In her strongly worded speech delivered in Filipino, Aunor lambasts the chief executive for the government’s labor export policy and called him “a puppet and the scourge of migrant Filipinos.”

But wait.

This is no longer just a scene from a movie. It is for real. It is the real Nora Aunor participating and speaking at a rally commemorating the 20th death anniversary of Flor Contemplacion, the domestic helper who was controversially executed for the alleged murder of another Filipina maid in Singapore in 1995.

Aunor portrayed Contemplacion in Joel Lamangan’s “The Flor Contemplacion Story” that same year. She won Best Actress in the Gawad Urian, the Film Academy of the Philippines, the Star Awards for Movies, the Young Critics Circle, and the Cairo International Film Festival.

Last year, Aunor was snubbed for the National Artist award despite being nominated by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts following a three-year vetting process.

Asked by reporters about his reaction to Aunor’s speech, President Aquino said, “Eh, sour grapes!”

Meanwhile, presidential sister Kris Aquino said she was withdrawing her earlier offer to pay for Aunor’s airfare to seek surgical operation of her vocal cords abroad. “She’s either with us, or against us,” the younger Aquino said about Aunor.

PHILIPPINES FILM BEST ACTRESS AWARD PITS NORA AUNOR VS. NORA AUNOR, AND IT’S A TIE!

Aunor and Aunor
Aunor and Aunor

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Philippines actress Nora Aunor — the same Nora Aunor who was snubbed by President NoyNoy Aquino in last year’s naming of the country’s National Artists – keeps on reaping film awards. She is unstoppable.

This time, Ms. Aunor beat herself in the Best Actress category of the annual Gawad Pasado film awards.  PASADO (Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro) is an organization of private and public school master teachers, elementary through college, reviewing films as documents and materials for teaching different disciplines.

Actually, Ms. Aunor tied with herself in this year’s Best Actress award.  She was nominated for two of her films, Hustisya,  and Dementia.

It is not uncommon for film awards bodies to declare a tie among contenders in acting or film.  However, with Ms. Aunor winning in both her films, PASADO did not have to go through the trouble of ordering a second award trophy. That saved the teachers some money, especially considering that teachers are among the lowest paid professionals in the Philippines.

All’s well that ends well!