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Estrada, left, and Marcos

MANILA , Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The phenomenal success of Adele’s latest hit single, ‘Hello,’ has come to an abrupt end, thanks to former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos and ex-President Joseph Estrada.

The duo’s version of a 1938 Filipino song, ‘Dahil Sa Iyo ‘ (Because Of You), is breaking music chart records worldwide.  Marcos, now a congresswoman, and Estrada, incumbent mayor of Manila, sang the song live at a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Philippines-China relations in Manila. Their impromptu performance immediately went viral, and in less than 24 hours, became the most-viewed music video ever on YouTube, eclipsing Adele’s recently-held record.

‘Dahil Sa Iyo’ is a song by Mike Velarde, Jr., written for the movie, ‘Bituing Marikit,’ and sung by the ‘King of the Philippine Movies’ Rogelio de la Rosa. A version with English-Tagalog lyrics, recorded in 1964, was a hit in the United States and continues to be popular in Filipino communities on American soil.

The song was famously performed by Nat King Cole at the Araneta Coliseum (now SMART Araneta Coliseum) in Quezon City in 1961. It was also sung by Jerry Vale with English title “Your Love Is Mine” (Eng. lyrics by Sonny Burke) in his album “The Language of Love” on Columbia Records, released 1963.

Many other international artists have performed or recorded the song, including The Lettermen, but none of the previous versions have quite achieved the notoriety of the Marcos-Estrada hit.  It is both musical and political, worthy of a platinum status.



L-R: Imelda Marcos, Estrada, Bongbong Marcos, Juan Ponce Enrile
L-R: Imelda Marcos, Estrada, Bongbong Marcos, Juan Ponce Enrile

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – After so much speculation, Bongbong Marcos, son of the late Ferdinand Marcos, has finally declared that he is running to become Vice President of the Philippines.

He is not affiliated with any of the political parties that are fielding candidates for the 2016 elections, which begs the question, is he reviving his father’s Kilusang Bagong Lipunan  (Movement for a New Society), or KBL?

Judging from who was by his side when he made the announcement of his candidacy, the younger Marcos seems to have signaled the return of KBL, the ruling — and practically the only – political party during the Martial Law years.

There was his mother Imelda Romualdez Marcos, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and Ferdinand Marcos’ Defense Secretary and now Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

Among the three of them, their combined ages add to a total of 255 years, prompting critics to speculate that the “new” KBL will stand for Kilusan Bangon Libingan (Movement for Rising from the Grave).

If the young Marcos’ age is added to the total, it would almost be equal to the three centuries that Spain colonized the Philippines.


Weiner  |   Spitzer
Weiner | Spitzer

New York, New York – Following their defeat in the New York Democratic primary elections, Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer both announced that they have applied for Philippine citizenship in order to salvage their severely damaged political careers.   Weiner lost his bid to become mayor of New York City, while Spitzer failed in his quest to become city comptroller.

Weiner had been in political exile since he resigned from Congress in 2011 for sending women lewd online messages and pictures. He got into the mayor’s race in May, and aside from a few dust-ups with hecklers, was largely well-received at first, holding the lead for most of June and July.  Spitzer resigned as governor in 2008 and admitted he paid for sex with call girls. In exile, he bounced around television as a pundit. Then, just four days before the deadline, he announced he was running for comptroller.

The disgraced American politicians apparently saw light at the end of the tunnel after being briefed by their political advisers that in the Philippines, politicians get elected and re-elected regardless of scandals or even conviction and imprisonment. Their advisers pointed to the case of former Philippine President Joseph Estrada, who even after being convicted and jailed for corruption, ran and won the race for mayor of Manila, the Philippine capital.  They also cited the case of another former Philippine President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who despite being charged with plunder and is currently under hospital arrest, won a seat in the House of Representatives.  They added, “This is not to mention the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos whose wife Imelda has been elected to Congress and son Bongbong who won a Senate seat. Daughter Imee is governor of Marcos’ home province of Ilocos Norte.”


The Adobo Chronicles has learned that Philippine immigration officials have offered to expedite the immigration and citizenship process for both Weiner and Spitzer while Mayor Joseph Estrada indicated he will roll the red carpet for the Americans when they arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.   Asked to comment about the American politicians’ plan to move to the Philippines, President NoyNoy Aquino said, “They would be a welcome addition to the Philippine political circus, I mean circuit.”

The next scheduled national elections in the Philippines is in 2016.  Will the Filipino electorate see a Weiner and a Spitzer for Congress?