MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Television talk show host and presidential sister Kris Aquino used her social media account today to complain about her hosting duties during the just-ended Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting in Manila.
Aquino and her three other sisters were assigned to host the spouses of the world leaders attending the summit in a noontime tour of Manila’s historical sites, including Intramuros, the walled city. Such duty is usually performed by the APEC host country’s First Lady, but the Philippine president is a bachelor so the task fell into the hands of his sisters.
Posting a photo of herself with just a towel wrapped around her upper torso, Aquino revealed her sunburn resulting from exposure to the scorching tropical Manila sun.
In her post, she likened her sunburn condition to the plight of thousands of Filipino commuters who had to walk many miles under the sun for many days because of the closure of avenues and streets to vehicular traffic (including public transport buses and jeepneys) during the APEC summit. “Quits na tayo,” she told the commuters, a colloquial Filipino phrase that translates into “We’re even, fair and square.”
Aquino told The Adobo Chronicles that she learned a very important lesson as a result of her APEC hosting duties — to always remember to apply sunscreen with at least SPF 50.
Local and foreign airlines, including private aircraft and chartered planes, lost an estimated $2 billion in revenues following the cancelation of over 1,000 flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from Nov. 16 to 20. An airline industry expert said the most affected were the budget airlines.
As the APEC meeting comes to a close, experts are trying to fully assess its impact on the Philippine economy, beyond what was already reported about workers losing about a week’s worth of compensation, students missing several days of learning in class, and the widespread effect of road closures on the masses of people. It cost the Philippine government some $10 Billion to put up the show and host the meeting.
Realizing what they had done to the Philippine economy, APEC leaders have unanimously approved a resolution renaming APEC to APAEC:
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – World leaders will gather in Manila this week for the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, and the Philippines is putting its best foot forward to make the meeting a huge and memorable success — for the visitors.
Meanwhile, Filipinos have been asked by their goverment to make ‘small’ sacrifices:
Postpone or cancel travel plans because international and domestic commercial flights into and out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have been cancelled to make way for arriving and departing APEC dignitaries and delegates.
Give up a week’s worth of wages and/or productivity due to the closure of private and public offices.
Give up a week’s worth of new knowledge because of the closure of schools.
Expect interruption of Internet connectivity because the cyberspace has been reserved for exclusive APEC use only.
Give up two lanes of busy roadways (see photo) to ensure that APEC delegates will not be late for their meetings and cocktail receptions.
For residents of high-rise condominiums along or near the APEC meeting venues: keep their curtains closed at all times and avoid hanging out in their balconies — for security reasons.
For the homeless population: give up a week’s worth of panhandling earnings because they will be rounded up and hidden from public view.
There will be shortened hours for shopping at all Metro Manila malls and mega malls.
Postpone or cancel all romantic dates along the famed Manila Bay and Roxas Boulevard, site of the APEC meetings — again for security reasons.
Last but not the least, there will be no episode of AlDub, the street series of the popular noontime TV Show, ‘Eat Bulaga’ on GMA Channel 7.
It might as well be ‘Holy Week’ for all Filipino catholics!
On the positive side, there will be no cases of laglag bala at NAIA all week!