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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles,Manila Bureau) - Many Filipinos are fans of ‘Star Trek,’ especially of George Takei who originated the role of Mr. Sulu in this Science Fantasy series.  Thousands upon thousands have prized collections of ‘Star Trek’ DVDs (and Betamax tapes). But these collections will soon go up in flames, thanks to a…
CUPERTINO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Bureau) - It only took the first sixty minutes before Apple’s newest iPhone sold out. A company spokesperson told The Adobo Chronicles that most of the sold units were ordered online, thanks to an aggressive email advertising campaign launched by Apple’s Marketing gurus. But alas, it seems that many…
SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) - Twitter account holders will soon have to say goodbye to their ‘retweets’ following a new bold move by the San Francisco-based social networking giant. First, Twitter suspended a network of suspected Twitter bots on Thursday that pushed pro-Saudi Arabia talking points about the disappearance of journalist…
HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles, Honolulu Bureau) - Singer Bruno Mars is finally breaking his silence after black writer Seren Sensei accused him of cultural appropriation. Sensei’s comment was made during an online panel discussion on black music. She said Mars was a karaoke and wedding singer. Today, The Adobo Chronicles caught up with Mars at…
  MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) - Singer Bruno Mars was the subject of heated Twitter disccussions this weekend, after he was accused of ‘cultural appropriation.’ Mars, who is half-Filipino, came under fire as part of an online roundtable discussion which saw writer Seren Sensei hit out at Mars — like sour grapes —for appropriating black…
THE VATICAN (The Adobo Chronicles, Rome Bureau) - Saying that heterosexuality is simply a lifestyle, Pope Francis today released a new encyclical that redefines the Catholic Church’s dogma on marriage. A papal encyclical is one of the highest forms of communication by the Pope and usually deals with some aspect of Catholic teaching — clarifying, amplifying,…
Washington, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - One can be carnivorous, vegetarian, vegan or Pescatarian. But the United States Depatment of Agriculture (USDA) has just released updated nutritional guidelies on what constitutes diets of Americans. The new guidelines classify  people who eat beef or chicken as vegetarians. In explaining the new guidelines, a spokesperson for…
SILICON VALLEY, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Bureau) - After many years of debate, experts have finally confirmed that the computer is not a 20th Century Invention. A joint statement was issued today signed by top technical and religious experts, saying that Apple, Microsoft and other computer pioneers did not invent the computer. They added:…
SINGAPORE (The Adobo Chronicles, Singapore Bureau) - The historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jung-on came to an end with The White House announcing a major breakthrough in as far as militarization is concerned Trump sought Kim’s advice on how to stage a grand military parade, Korean style. The U.S. President…
SINGAPORE (The Adobo Chronicles, Singapore Bureau) - U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jung-on have arrived in Singapore in preparation for their historic summit which begins tomorrow. On the eve of the summit, both leaders chose to relax and take it easy. Kim will play basketball with NBA legend Dennis Rodman while Trump…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - Four years after it officially declared the taking of selfies a mental disorder, the American Psychiatric Asssociation (APA) now admits it used the wrong terminology to describe the disease. It named the disorder, ‘selfitis.’ Since then, the world has acknowledged and experienced the existence of sefitis. Scientific studies,…
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) - U.S. President Donald Trump is known to take to his personal Twitter account to criticize his opponents and send messages to the American people. Today was no different. Trump criticized Mainstream Media and praised the American men and women who voted for him. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte…
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) -  The Independent reports that a victim of clerical sex abuse has said Pope Francis told him God made him gay and his sexuality “does not matter”. Juan Carlos Cruz spoke privately with the pontiff last week about the abuse he suffered at the hands of a prominent Chilean priest. …
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) - He holds the distinction of being the most prolific Philippine Senator, having proposed the most bills that have become law.  But it’s really more of a numbers’ game as opposed to the actual content or significance of his bills. His name is Antonio Trillanes, a former navy officer…
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) - The Philippines holds several world records but nothing could be more significant than the possiblity of a record of having three sitting Presidents. Simultaneously. It’s looking more and more that Senate Minority Leader and actor-comedian Tito Sotto of the inseparable showbiz trio Tito, Vic (Sotto) and Joey (De Leon) could…
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) - GMA News is reporting that Senator Chiz  Escudero and his wife, actress Heart Evangelista are pregnant! This makes Escudero the world’s first pregnant heterosexual man. Previously, Thomas Beatie held the disinction as the world’s first pregnant male.  Beatie, a trans man, had gender reassignment surgery in March 2002…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - This week’s issue of TIME magazine features the world’s strongmen on its cover and main story.  U.S. President Donald Trump is not among them, but the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte is. Today, Trump called Duterte to congratulate him for being afforded the rare honor along with Russian President Vladimir Putin,…
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) - Grab, the now monopolistic alternate mode of commute for Filipinos, can be very convenient for most people.  But it can also be very inconvenient for drivers. An inconventient truth happened recently when a drunk passenger groped the Grab driver before the latter drove him to a police…