Tag Archives: TV


imageNEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles®) –   For far too long, white people have been absent from films, television shows, news anchor desks, advertising billboards and product labels. But finally, they are taking the spotlight away from people of color, thanks to a new MTV show, “White People.”

The documentary, produced by Filipino undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas, tackles the sensitive and delicate issue of white privilege in America.

“Its about time we see white faces on television, and not always people of color that have dominated both daytime and primetime slots,” said 23-year-old John Smith, a mass communications student at Harvard University.

Even the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) endorsed the documentary, saying that “the colored community has had a long history of privilege in America. It is time we shift the attention to white people. After all, they are Americans just like us.”

The forward-looking documentary airs tonight and can be viewed online starting at 8PM Eastern time. Dozens and dozens of viewing parties have been scheduled in white neighborhoods across the country.

It’ll surely be tomorrow’s hot topic around workplace water cooler stations and in break rooms.


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.



UNIVERSAL CITY, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – The television show, ‘The Voice’ operates on the concept that singers should be judged based on their singing and not on their looks.

The reality show has gained enormous popularity since it first aired in 2011, and has spread across the globe through local franchises, including the Philippines.

Today, the U.S. version of ‘The Voice’ had Sia as its featured guest singer.

Of course we know Sia as the voice behind many hits like ‘Chandelier’, but the Grammy-nominated artist is incredibly shy when it comes to showing her face at public events. Hence she appears with her face fully covered by her hair, just like she did on tonight’s show.

After her guest appearance, the producers of ‘The Voice’ had a light bulb moment.

Starting next season –if there is going to be one —  all contestants, from the blind audition all the way to the finals, will have to cover their faces with their hair or a veil.  This way, the show will remain true to its original concept that the best singers don’t necessarily have to be the most good-looking.

The Adobo Chronicles  fully supports this new format. And so does Reyna Elena, a Filipino American fan of the show.

We tried to reach Broadway star Lea Salonga, a judge in the Philippine version of the show, but were unsuccessful.  (Miss Salonga, if you happen to read this, please contact us).