MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Philippines actress Nora Aunor — the same Nora Aunor who was snubbed by President NoyNoy Aquino in last year’s naming of the country’s National Artists – keeps on reaping film awards. She is unstoppable.
This time, Ms. Aunor beat herself in the Best Actress category of the annual Gawad Pasado film awards. PASADO (Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro) is an organization of private and public school master teachers, elementary through college, reviewing films as documents and materials for teaching different disciplines.
Actually, Ms. Aunor tied with herself in this year’s Best Actress award. She was nominated for two of her films, Hustisya, and Dementia.
It is not uncommon for film awards bodies to declare a tie among contenders in acting or film. However, with Ms. Aunor winning in both her films, PASADO did not have to go through the trouble of ordering a second award trophy. That saved the teachers some money, especially considering that teachers are among the lowest paid professionals in the Philippines.
LENERKUSEN, NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA, Germany (The Adobo Chronicles) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the green light to Bayer Pharmaceuticals for the marketing of the first drug to cure selfitis, an inflammation of the ego which last year was officially declared a mental disorderby the American Psychiatric Association.
Bayer is a German chemical and pharmaceutical company founded in Barmen, Germany in 1863. It is headquartered in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and well is known for its original brand of aspirin.
The FDA approval came after successful Phase III clinical trials which showed the new pill’s overwhelming safety and efficacy in combatting selfies – the taking of photos of one’s self and posting them on social media.
Because selfitis has become a highly contagious worldwide epidemic, the FDA granted Bayer a fast track approval process. FDA drug approval takes takes anywhere from 10 to 15 years, but it took just 14 months for Bayer to gain the marketing green light.
The new drug comes in pill form and requires a doctor’s prescription. Dosage is different for men and women. Men need to take one pill a day while women need 5 pills. Neither Bayer nor the FDA had any explanation on the dosage discrepancy.
Bayer is now pursuing drug approval in Europe and Asia.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Last January 4, base transportation fares on Metro Manila’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) Lines 1 and 2, and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 were increased from P10.00 to P11.00 plus P1.00 per additional kilometer.
Department of Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the increase, which he called “a tough decision” that had to be made in order to bring improved services on the MRT and LRT lines.
Metro Manila’s rail lines, particularly the MRT-3, have been the subject of complaints from commuters because of congestion and frequent delays caused by glitches and breakdowns.
During last week’s Adobo Tour, our our publisher, editor and star reporters personally experienced the long and winding lines to get to the ticket booths, to wait for trains to arrive and to exit the platforms. Not to mention having to wait for the next two trains because only 3 to 4 incoming passengers at a time can be accommodated in the sardine-packed train cars.
But while daily commuters have to deal with less take home pay from their already meager salaries, millionaires who own several airconditioned luxury vehicles and have so much money they could charter an entire Boeing 747, are beng granted tax exemptions by the ever-brilliant, grandstanding Philippine legislators . Manny Pacquiao, for example.
Pimentel said the special tax incentive was a “fitting tribute to the priceless package of proudly promoting the country once again in the international map.”
Pacquiao, an elected congressman from his hometown of Saranggani, has been in trouble with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in recent years for alleged failure to pay taxes on his earnings from his championship fights in the U.S.
BIR Commissioner Kim Henares who has a reputation for going after celebrities for their prize winnings abroad, has not commented on the proposal by Pimentel.
So, for tax-free living in the Philippines, run for public office or take up boxing for a profession!