MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – From underwear to nail polish, from wart removal to skin whitening, from the latest teleserye to the next movie box office hopeful, giant billboards as tall as the high-rise buildings and condos line both sides of Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares.
Whether they are an unnecessary distraction for motorists is debatable, given that road traffic is almost always at a stand still anyway. And this, perhaps, is the reason companies and advertisers cough up big bucks to claim their spot in billboard city.
We don’t need a scientific survey to determine which major city is considered the billboard capital of the world. Manila wins the title. Hands down!
Billboards are a sure way to get advertising messages across to their intended audiences in Manila, so much so that even God bought a giant billboard that greets commuters as they enter the city from the North Luzon expressway.
The billboard, painted in black, has this powerful message written in bold, white letters:
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Continuing with our Adobo Chronicles’ Philippines tour, here are the top 10 signs that will remind you that your’re in Manila:
Everybody calls you ‘Sir.’
Security guards don’t carry pistols. They carry AK-47s!
Entering a mall is like going through airport security check. Each and every time.
A hotel restroom attendant turns on the faucet for you and hands you a paper towel. If you’re lucky, you get a neck and shoulder massage.
Your hotel’s café is packed during the buffet breakfast each morning– with Balikbayans (visiting Filipino expatriates). They fill up their plates like food is going to run out by the time they go for a second serving.
Your Filipino friends won’t answer your telephone calls but will respond instantly to your text. They will greet you, “Gud-am”(Good morning). Hey, phone calls are expensive!
Why spend money to go to a karaoke bar when you can go to the mall and sing at no charge? You might even become a YouTube sensation!
The price of a cup of coffee at your hotel is 175 Pesos. That’s twice the price of a grande at Starbucks!
Even in 90-degree weather, people don’t need airconditioning in their homes. They just go to the malls.
Your restaurant server apologizes for the delay in getting you your check. He says, “Sorry sir, your check is being reprinted.” And you can only hope you’re not being charged twice!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Despite his growing unpopularity and increasing calls for his resignation, President NoyNoy Aquino says he is proud of his accomplishments in the last 4 years.
“Under my administration, we have put the Philippines on the world map,” Aquino said, “and not only that, our country has been rated No. 1 in many aspects — from the economy to politics, from infrastructure to transportation, from social welfare to the war on terror.”
Aquino cited a new survey which ranks the Philippines No. 1 in the top 25 cities in the world with the most number of homeless people.
“We even treat our homeless with respect and utmost care, like when we rounded up homeless children and families in Metro Manila and brought them to a resort during the recent visit of Pope Francis,” Aquino added. “Show me any other country that has done that for its homeless population.”
HERE is the list of 25 world cities with the most number of homeless people.