SANTA CLARA, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – If you’re wondering what Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines was doing at Super Bowl 50’s Media Night in San Jose, wonder no more.
She masqueraded as a correspondent for Inside Edition but her secret mission was to convince the National Football League (NFL) to bring Super Bowl 51 to Manila.
And it worked. The NFL announced today that next year’s Super Bowl will be held at the Philippine Arena, just a few miles north of Manila.
Before you wonder once more how Super Bowl could be held in a city that does not even have a team in the NFL, think again:
Super Bowl 50 is being held at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, headquarters of the 49ers who are not even in this year’s championship game. (Not to mention San Francisco which is hosting Super Bowl City when the game is not even being held in The City.)
The Philippine Arena is one of the largest, if not the largest, indoor arenas in the world.
Imagine all the spectacle and possibilities of Super Bowl being held indoors in a country where everything is more fun.
It will make the Super Bowl a truly international event, unlike baseball’s World Series which is, in reality, only a North American Series.
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s a one hour and forty five-minute flight from Manila to Davao City. Manila is where the Philippine presidential palace is located, and Davao is where presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte lives.
Duterte likes to sleep in his own bed, so if he is elected president in the May elections, the Davao City mayor says he plans to go home to Davao City every day. He has no plans of staying in Malacanang, the presidential palace.
Now, before you say that Duterte’s plan is a crazy idea, think again.
With Metro Manila’s daily traffic gridlock, it can take up to four hours to commute from one part of the metropolis to another. So a daily commute from Manila to Davao doesn’t sound so bad.
Duterte added that his daily commute will not cost the government a single centavo. He says he would borrow the private jet of his friend, Davao religious leader Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, to spare the government the expected expense.
That’s assuming, of course, that the pastor will also pay for the fuel, and that the jet has room for the presidential security.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – From 2011 to 2013, Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) topped the list of the world’s worst airports as compiled by an international travel website. Now, NAIA is desperate to regain that title and is doing all it can to make it happen.
Late last year, NAIA made headlines because of laglag bala (bullet drop), a scheme in which unscrupulous airport personnel plant live bullets into the luggage and bags of unsuspecting passengers for the purpose of extorting money.
The latest scheme, as reported by The Inquirer, is called laglag kisame (ceiling drop) in which portions of the airport’s passenger terminal ceiling collapse without warning.
The latest incident involved the collapse of a portion of the ceiling of a restaurant inside Terminal 3, causing injury to an American passenger, Day Adam Warner.
Similar mishaps happened inTerminal 2 in December 2012, where a Hong Kong-bound passenger was injured; and inTerminal 1 in February 2014. In addition, many passengers have complained of leaking ceilings, collapsed floors, malfunctioning equipment, congestion, dilapidated facilities, rude or corrupt personnel and several airport taxi scams.
Following the latest incident, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory asking American citizens flying in or out of NAIA to wear protective hard hats to ensure their safety while inside the airport terminal.