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Adult Diaper-clad traffic enforcers in Manila (Photo credit: When In Manila)
Adult Diaper-clad traffic enforcers in Manila during the visit of Pope Francis (Photo credit: When In Manila)

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – The City and County of San Francisco has learned a thing or two from the just-concluded visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines. One has to do with adult diapers.

During the Pope’s public appearances in Manila, police and traffic enforcers were required by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to wear adult diapers so that they didn’t have to leave their posts to answer the call of nature. The move ensured that there would be no unnecessary interruption in the performance of police and traffic duties. It was a way to effectively deal with a crowd of almost 6 Million and the lack of portable toilets.

San Francisco’s annual Pride parade and Folsom Street Fair attract hundreds of thousands of spectators, and police and traffic enforcers always end up short-handed. So, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, taking his cue from Manila, ordered the San Francisco Police Department to field diaper patrols during these two big events this year.  Police officers will be required to wear adult diapers during their crowd control duties. The wearing of pants over the diapers would be optional, especially during the Folsom Fair.

Meanwhile, Scott Wiener, member of the Board of Supervisors representing the gay Castro District (District 8), said today he will be introducing a resolution to encourage participants and spectators for both the Pride Parade and Folsom Street Fair to also wear adult diapers. “This will greatly help with the lack of portable toilets during these big events and will save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in renting these units,”  Wiener said.

Portable toilets cost the city anywhere from $150-$200 per unit. Handicap portable toilets cost even more, ranging from $300-$500 per unit.

So if you’re planning to be at this year’s Pride Parade and Folsom Street Fair, go get your adult diapers now at Costco or Target while they’re on sale!


imageON BOARD THE PAPAL PLANE TO THE VATICAN (The Adobo Chronicles) – We at The Adobo Chronicles feel truly blessed for having had the opportunity to cover Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines. More than One Million people viewed and followed our exclusive coverage in just the last four days and hundreds of Filipinos and non-Filipinos shared their comments, praised as well as criticized our coverage — all in the spirit of free speech and universal brotherhood and sisterhood. By the way, our coverage was brought to you by … Pepsi.

As we wrap up our coverage, we would like to share our list of top ten accomplisments of the papal visit.

  1. Political corruption took four days off. It’s now back to business as usual.
  2. President NoyNoy Aquino had the last laugh after shaming local church leaders in front of the pope.
  3. Filipino priests and clergy have started to sell their smart phones on eBay after being admonished by Pope Francis to give up worldly possessions.
  4. The Aquinos and Marcoses have finally reconciled, thanks to the yellow raincoat Imelda Marcos wore at the papal mass in Tacloban.
  5. A new movie idol is born – a very good-looking Theologian who sang the responsorial psalm during the papal mass at the Manila Cathedral.
  6. President Aquino, who complained about criticism of his thinning hair by the clergy, received a special gift from Pope Francis — a skullcap to cover his head.
  7. President Aquino quit smoking. He now inhales holy incense instead.
  8. Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, are back in jail after a 5-day reprieve to impress the pope.
  9. Visitors to The Vatican will now have a new painting to look at, bearing the images of Pope Francis, Vilma Santos, Marian Rivera, DingDong Dantes, Coco Martin, Kris Aquino and Senator Grace Poe. It will be displayed at the Sistine Chapel.
  10. Speaking of Kris Aquino …well, we’d rather not say!

Viva il Papa! Mabuhay, Philippines!



Photo credit: ABS-CBN News
Photo credit: ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Pope Francis today celebrated his first mass in his 5-day visit to the Philippines. Attendance was limited to bishops, priests and clergy. (Public masses will be held at the Tacloban Airport and Rizal Park in Manila later this weekend.)

As the pope entered the church for the processional, hundreds of clicks and flashes greeted him, all coming from smart phones of priests and clergy in attendance.

During his homily, Francis admonished the crowd to give up worldy possessions, in accordance with their priestly vows. “Yes, and that would include your smart phones,” the pontiff said.

There was a eerie silence inside the church that one could almost hear a pin drop.

Asked whether he will heed the Pope’s advice, one of those in attendance, Father Damaso de la Cruz told The Adobo Chronicles, “Absolutely. But first I will have to download the photos I took of the Holy Father into my laptop computer.”