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Screen capture of the painting from Marian Rivera's Facebook page
Screen capture of the painting from Marian Rivera’s Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Yesterday, The Adobo Chronicles published a story about a controversial oil painting by Filipino artist Dante Hipolito. The portrait, ‘Salubong,’ depicts Pope Francis being welcomed by farmers and laborers. Those featured in the painting were actually rich and famous movie stars and politicians.

Many Filipinos reacted passionately to the painting. One such reaction came from netizen Nathan Briones (via the Rappler web site). He thinks the artist intended the painting to be a satirical artwork. You decide.

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.’

Blessed are the rich and famous, for theirs is an oil painting with Pope Francis.



imageManila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Forget Sony Pictures’ The Interview. There is a more talked-about interview in all of Asia, and the world.

Everybody knows that it takes more than an arm and a leg to score an exclusive, sit-down interview with Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino. But somebody did just that: Vice Ganda (Jose Marie Borja Viceral in real life).

Vice Ganda is a Filipino television host and actor best known for his stand-up routines, in which he uses observational comedy, situational irony and sarcasm in pertaining to Filipino culture and human sexuality. Many are wondering why Aquino agreed to be interviewed by a showbiz personality instead of any of the respected journalists and television anchors who have been trying so hard to interview the president.

The openly-gay Vice Ganda, who is a friend of the president’s sister Kris Aquino, sat down with the older Aquino in Malacanang Palace, the Philippine equivalent of the White House.

The Adobo Chronicles learned from very reliable sources that Vice Ganda scored the interview by agreeing to certain rules dictated by the president and Kris Aquino:

  • The interview will be conducted only in Tagalog, which is the President’s language choice when making speeches
  • There will be no questions about the pork barrel scam
  • There will be no questions about Aquino’s snub of actress Nora Aunor for National Artist
  • There will be no questions about the president’s political nemesis, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who remains in hospital arrest
  • There will be no questions about Manila’s MRT (light railway) or traffic problems
  • There will be no questions about the recently-discovered luxury jail cells of drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison (National Penitentiary)
  • There will be no questions about where all the donated money for last year’s typhoon Yolanda relief went
  • Aquino will not be asked who he will be endorsing in the 2016 Philippine presidential elections
  • The president will not be asked about his love life (Aquino is a bachelor)
  • The president will need to take a break from the interview every 10 minutes so he can light up a cigarette.

All other questions are okay, but a list must be provided to the president 48 hours in advance. The taped interview will air on Vice Ganda’s regular TV show, with schedule to be announced.


Kris Aquino
Kris Aquino

Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Millions of Filipinos rejoiced and took to the streets this week to celebrate Kris Aquino’s announcement that she is retiring from show business in 2016.

Aquino, the younger sister of Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino, is often referred to as the “Queen of All Media,” and is the current host of several TV shows including “The Buzz” and “Aquino & Abunda Tonight.”

Now on her 18th year in show business, Aquino  — holding back her tears — said that she plans to buy a franchise of a popular fast food chain.  Many are speculating that she was referring to Jollibee.

Jeepney drivers were sounding their horns, office workers were throwing confetti from their high-rise offices, and children were dancing in the streets of Metro Manila upon hearing the news.
Even members of the national police and military were firing bullets into the air.

“For almost two decades now, we’ve been putting up with all her theatrics, scandals, missteps and revelations of her personal and love life. At last, her screeching voice will be gone from the airwaves,” said one jeepney driver as he turned down the volume of his stereo to talk to reporters.

In the past, Aquino had compared herself to Oprah Winfrey, and told American actor Andrew Garfield during an interview that her son’s local film “My Little Bossings,” was a bigger box office hit than the Hollywood movie “The Amazing Spider-Man – 2”

2016 is also the year when the term of President Aquino ends.  With Kris stepping down, will it be the end of the Aquino era? Or perhaps, the continuation of a political dynasty…