Silicon Valley, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s that time of year when The Adobo Chronicles names its “Person of the Year.” Last year, we named actor Jackie Chan our person of the year for having survived persistent news that he had passed away. Talk about nine lives.
This year, the publisher and editors of The Adobo Chronicles had a fairly easy job of choosing the winner: Philippine Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.
The “Person of the Year” is awarded to the individual or group that has made the most impact on national and international news. We couldn’t have chosen any other person who has been in the news as much as Roxas has.
During the aftermath of the worst typhoon to hit the Philippines, Roxas was seen in ground zero overseeing relief operations and giving aid to residents except those who were loyal to his and President Aquino’s political nemesis, the Romualdezes. When there was a shortage of garlic in the Philippines, he was seen carrying a sack of garlic on his shoulder. When there was rumor about a rice shortage, he was seen carrying a sack of goverment rice on his shoulder. When Metro Manila experienced the worst traffic nightmare ever, he was seen directing traffic in one of Manila’s most congested street intersections. When Metro Manila’s light railway system (MRT) was the subject of intense criticism for its overcrowding, inefficiency and mismagement, Roxas was seen riding the train on non-commute hours.
We couldn’t think of a better person deserving of the Person of the Year title. It was a great 2014 for Mar Roxas and the Philippines.
And Roxas could just well be the next president of the Philippines! It comes with a bonus: controversial television news anchor Korina Sanchez will be First Lady.