BEIJING, China (The Adobo Chronicles, Hong Kong Bureau) – Contrary to news reports by Rappler and other yellow media, the Philippine fishing boat rammed by a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea didn’t sink.
“How could we sink,” the captain of the fishing boat said, “when my boat was actually a submarine. We’re safe over the waters or under.”
”The news media have sensationlized this whole thing,” the captain said.
In fact, news reports have indicated that the Filipino fishermen involved in the incident have safely returned to shore with their catch fully intact.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippine Senators seem obsessed about the redesign of the national flag as a way to better reflect the country’s history as well as current developments.
First, Senator Richard Gordon proposed adding another sun ray to recognize the role of Filipino Muslims in the country’s fight for freedom. Then, Senator-elect Francis Tolentino said he wants to add another star to the flag to represent the coral-rich Philippine territory, Benham Rise.
Not to be outdone, Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros is now proposing to add more stars — a lot of stars. She wants each star to represent one million Filipinos. Based on the latest population estmate of 108 Million, the flag would then have 108 stars, and counting.
Hontiveros additionally proposed to designate the English version of the Philippine National Anthem as one of the official versions, and she wants it titled “Star-studded Banner.”
So, if Hontiveros had her way, dual citizens of the Philippines and the U.S.A. will be singing two anthems — the Star-spangled Banner, and the Star-studded Banner.
Oh, say can you see the Land of the Morning?
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A new, improved Philippine flag was unveiled by the government yesterday just as this Southeast Asian country celebrated the 121st anniversary of its independence.
The new design was made public in a hastily-called press conference attended by two Senators who each authored a change in the tri-colors.
Senator Richard Gordon previously proposed to add another sun ray as a way of recognizing Filipino Muslims for their heroic struggle against the colonial invaders from the West. The present flag has a sun with eight rays, representing the original provinces of the Philippines.
Senator-elect Francis Tolentino, on the other hand, proposes to add a fourth star to the existing three which represent the country’s main islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Tolentino wanted to add a new star to represent Benham Rise, a coral-rich territory located in the eastern border of the Philippines. It is not a disputed territory unlike those claimed by China, the Philippines and other countries in the West Philippine Sea.
These are exciting times for the Philippines and a new look for the flag is in order.