BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – It opened with much fanfare, but SM Baguio’s new sky terrace was a big disappointment to many residents.
“Some 60 mature pine and other trees were uprooted to give way to a shadeless promenade and synthetic green grass,” netizens complained.
But there is hope.
Coming at a time when Manila Bay donned a new look with imported dolomite from Cebu, SM Baguio is seriously considering replacing the synthetic grass with fake white sand.
”It would be quite an attraction to create a white sand beach atmosphere even without the benefit of a bay,” a spokesperson told The Adobo Chronicles. “We’ve seen how Manila Sands was well received by many.”
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It’s a classic case of musical chairs. Teddy Boy Locsin is the new Presidential Spokesperson, and Harry Roque is taking his place as Foreign Affairs Secretary.
The reshuffle was announced by President Rodrigo Duterte in what many believe is his strategy of dealing with infighting within his Cabinet.
It all started when Locsin tweeted that “The Philippines has only one President,” in reaction to an Inquirer news story on Duterte’s U.N. General Assembly speech where he mentioned that the arbitral ruling on the Philippines’ claim over the West Philippine Sea is now part of international law. In that news story, Roque was quoted as saying that the Philippines should now pursue a multilateral approach to the territorial dispute.
Sources close to Duterte told The Adobo Chronicles that as a good tatay (father), the President opted to deal with the brotherly conflict between Locsin and Roque in a neutral manner without siding with either Cabinet member.
Good move, Tatay Digong!
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau – Rappler is reporting that a “museum remembering the horror and state oppression under the brutal dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos “ is set to be built inside the University of the Philippines – “more than 30 years since the reinstatement of democracy.”
Expected to open by 2022, or the 50th anniversary of the martial law declaration, the museum will occupy 1.4 hectares of land inside the UP Diliman campus. Bong Bong Marcos, son of the late President, is already eyeing the museum as the site of his inauguration should he win the 2022 Philippine Presidential elections.
In the meantime, The Adobo Chronicles was given an exclusive peek into what the museum will feature once completed. This includes scale models of :
- The Philippine Heart Center
- The Lung Center of the Philippines
- Kidney Transplant Institute
- The Cultural Center of the Philippines
- Folks Arts Theater
- National Arts Center
- Bataan Nuclear Plant
- San Juanico Bridge
- Coconut Palace
- Food Terminal, Inc.
- A Kadiwa truck
- Batasang Pambansa
- A giant calculator that could add up the total length of roads, bridges, highways and irrigation systems built during the Marcos years
- Weekly performances of the U.P. Madrigal Singers, Pangkat Kawayan, Bayanihan Dance Company, Lea Salonga and pianist Cecile Licad
- A museum café featuring the nutribun
- A gift shop featuring OPM (Original Pilipino Music) recordings
- Free cans of Reno liver spread to all Museum guests
- A display of what remains of Imelda Romauldez Marcos’ shoes collection and Filipiniana ternos.
There will also be a nightly bonfire where copies of Raissa Robles’ book, “Marcos Martial Law: Never Again,” will be burned.