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Unarmed Japanese Americans Occupy New York’s Longacre Theater On Broadway

Salong, left, and Takei

NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles) – Hundreds of unarmed Japanese Americans took over the Longacre Theater beginning midnight today to protest the impending closure of the Broadway Musical Allegiance.

The musical will end its run on February 14, after only 37 previews and 113 performances.

Allegiance, starring Tony Award-winning actress Lea Salonga and George Takei, tackles the issue of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

The protesters stormed the theater and occupied every seat — every single one of the 1,091 seats.

A spokesperson for the protesters said they got the idea from the recent occupation by an armed militia group of the headquarters of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Neither the New York Police Department nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation has acted on the Broadway occupation, saying they considered it a peaceful protest and definitely not an act of terrorism.

The Japanese American protesters said they will continue to occupy the theater until the producers agree to extend the run of the musical indefinitely. “The musical is a once-in-lifetime opportunity for Americans and others to be educated about the internment of our friends and relatives during the war,” they said.

The protesters also set up an online crowdsourcing page in order to raise funds to pay for a daily full house at the theater for a long time.

In the meantime, the protesters are requesting the public and supporters to send them enough supply of SPAM sushi and sake to keep them nourished during their sit-in protest.



Kane, left, and Salonga
Kane, left, and Salonga

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) –  Almost one-third of Republican primary voters would support bombing the fictional kingdom of Agrabah, according to a report released by Public Policy Polling on Friday.

More than 530 Republican primary voters were polled this week on their support for Republican candidates and foreign policy issues including banning Muslims from entering the U.S., Japanese internment camps from the second world war and bombing Agrabah, the kingdom from Disney’s animated classic, Aladdin.

Of those who voted in favor of bombing the Aladdin Kingdom, 75 percent favored banning singers Lea Salonga and Brad Kane from the country (despite the fact that Kane is American) , who provided the voices behind “A Whole New World,” the theme song from Aladdin.

‘It is important not only to keep out Muslims from entering the U.S. but also to make sure that those who support them and promote their cause not be allowed in this country,’ one Republican poll respondent said.


The tandem known as AlDub (Photo: EB Social Media Department)
The tandem known as AlDub (Photo: EB Social Media Department)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles®) – Other than Broadway actress Lea Salonga, there is not one Filipino who does not know about, or follow AlDub, a short soap opera parody pegged as Kalye Serye (Street Series), a regular feature of the noon-time variety show, Eat Bulaga!

AlDub is a fictional love team whose name is derived from a portmanteau of the tandem, Filipino actors Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza (popularly known as Yaya Dub). What makes this love team phenomenal and extra special is that the two developed an on-screen chemistry even without meeting each other in person.  Their interaction happens on split-screen.

On September 5, 2015, the couple finally saw each other in person for the first time, and this was followed by subsequent encounters and dates.  Their second date on September 26, 2015 went down in history as one of the world’s most tweeted event, garnering more than 25.6 million tweets in a single day. That’s more than the 25.1 million tweets sent during Super Bowl XLIX!

Everyone is hooked on AlDub.  The entire nation freezes at noon each time the show is on: government workers and students flock to the cafeterias, Congress suspends its sessions, shops at the malls close for a “lunch break,” bus drivers pull over to the side of the roads, even restaurants suspend meal service – all for the sake of not wanting to miss an AlDub episode.

While GMA Network could not be happier at the monumental success of the series, it has announced — with deepest regrets —  that it would be cancelling the show effective next week.

“We realize that the show is having a devastating impact on productivity and is causing an unnecessary interruption in the daily lives of Filipinos,” GMA chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, told reporters at a hastily-called press conference.

“It was a very difficult decision to make, but we have a responsibility to uplift the standards of our country by offering shows that contribute to, and not destroy, the moral fiber of our fellow Filipinos. We promise to replace the series with more intelligent programming.”

Upon learning of GMA’s decision to cancel the show, leaders of AlDub fans, also known as the AlDub nation, called for a meeting to plan a huge rally in front of the GMA studios in Quezon City to make known their outrage and disappointment.