Duterte, Kim Jong Un doppelgangers spark frenzy at Hong Kong church

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The appearance of the impersonators of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center front, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center back, distracted worshippers at a church service in Hong Kong. (AFP)
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Impersonators of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center front, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center back, pose for photos with parishioners as they attend a church service in Hong Kong. (AFP)
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Impersonators of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center front, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center back, pose for photos with parishioners as they attend a church service in Hong Kong. (AFP)
Updated 03 February 2019
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Duterte, Kim Jong Un doppelgangers spark frenzy at Hong Kong church

  • Hundreds of distracted worshippers erupted into cheers and took photos of the impersonator
  • Hong Kong is home to around 200,000 Filipinos, mostly women working as domestic helpers

HONG KONG: A Rodrigo Duterte impersonator sparked frenzy and confusion during Sunday mass when he walked into a Hong Kong church popular with the city’s Filipino community.
Accompanied by Howard X — the Hong Kong-based impersonator of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — the Filipino actor arrived at St. Joseph’s Church dressed in the Philippine president’s signature relaxed white shirt.
Hundreds of distracted worshippers erupted into cheers and took photos of the impersonator, who goes by the stage name Cresencio Extreme.
They settled down for the hour-long service but many continued to grin and glance at him.
“Is that Duterte?” whispered an incredulous-looking woman, who said the man appeared too young to be the Philippine leader.
As soon as mass ended, worshippers mobbed Cresencio Extreme, many screaming and taking photos with their mobile phones as he waved at them and shook their hands.
Outside the church, some examined photos of the impersonator, saying it was odd that he did not have any bodyguards and that his personality seemed off.
While most did not mind the stunt, one woman who identified herself as Linda found it “impolite.”
“Coming in here to make a scene — our Duterte is not like that,” she said.
The Philippine president has repeatedly attacked the Church since taking office in 2016, accusing the Catholic clergy of sexual abuse.
And the Church has been one of Duterte’s most outspoken critics, particularly over alleged human rights abuses during his deadly anti-narcotics campaign.
Hong Kong is home to around 200,000 Filipinos, mostly women working as domestic helpers.


‘Hunger Games’ prequel book and film planned

Updated 18 June 2019
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‘Hunger Games’ prequel book and film planned

  • The new book will revisit Panem 64 years before the events of the trilogy during a period known as the “Dark Days”
  • Movie studio Lionsgate said another film was already being planned

LOS ANGELES: A new “Hunger Games” novel set decades before the original best-selling trilogy will be published next year, its publisher said Monday, with plans for an accompanying film already under way.
The book will revisit the macabre post-apocalyptic world of Panem created by Suzanne Collins’ young adult novels, which were adapted into one of Hollywood’s biggest movie franchises starring Jennifer Lawrence.
The original books, which sold more than 100 million copies, told the story of Katniss Everdeen, a teenage heroine forced by the realm’s totalitarian leaders to participate in a reality TV-style fight to the death.
The new book will revisit Panem 64 years before the events of the trilogy during a period known as the “Dark Days,” in which the nation “struggles to get back to its feet” after a devastating war, Collins said.
Four films based on the trilogy of novels — the final book was split into two parts — turned Lawrence into an A-list movie star and grossed $2.97 billion worldwide.
Movie studio Lionsgate said another film was already being planned.
“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
“We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
Author Collins said the book would explore “the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival.”
The as-yet untitled book will be published on May 19, 2020.