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imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – It’s official. Philippines President NoyNoy Aquino now holds the Guinness World Record for the longest State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Aquino delivered his last SONA Monday night before a joint session of Congress. From his first word to the last, it took him two hours and ten minutes, beating all other lenghty SONAs anywhere in the world.

In the U.S., most presidents keep their State of the Union Address (SOTU) under one hour, although occasionally they would go over. President Bill Clinton holds the U.S. record for the longest SOTU for his January 27, 2000 address which ran for one hour, twenty eight minutes and forty nine seconds.

Aquino’s SONA was occasionally interrupted by brief applause, yawns, a sip of water and his smoker’s cough.

The Guinness World Record will go down in history as the greatest legacy of any Philippine president, dead or alive.

Click HERE for highlights of Aquino’s last SONA.



imagePARIS, France (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today honored the Philippines with another World Heritage Site designation, this time for Torre De Manila. The 46-storey condominium project at Luneta Park in Manila joins Vigan City, in Ilocos Sur in receiving this prestigious designation.

The announcement was made by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in ceremonies held at the Place de Fontenoy, the U.N. body’s headquarters in Paris.

UNESCO’s three-fold mission is to build intercultural understanding, pursue scientific cooperation, and protect freedom of expression. It created the idea of World Heritage to protect sites of outstanding universal value.

In her statement, Bokova said:

“Torre De Manila is the best example of urban planning, rising from the hallowed ground just steps away from the burial site of the Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.”

“It has withstood a persistent wave of nationalistic uprising while standing tall and firm amid bureaucratic obstacles and political favors. It is a symbol of the indomitable spirit of the Filipinos, and is a testament to the centuries-long divide between the haves and the have-nots.”

“Torre De Manila fuses the past with the future, ensuring that the next generation of Filipinos will draw inspiration from the heroism and courage of their heroes as well as the tactless perseverance and resiliency of those who built, or who allowed to build, this monumental heritage never before seen anywhere in ancient and modern times.”

Upon hearing the news , Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada declared a non-working holiday for the entire city to allow its citizens to fittingly celebrate this momentous occasion.


imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles ® ) – The Adobo Chronicles ®  today announced the recipients of its 2015 Outstanding Achievement Awards in politics, media and socio-economic development.

The following honorees will be formally recognized and receive their award plaques at a gala event to be held on July 1, 2015, at the Manila Overseas Press Club headquarters on Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City (The occasion also marks the second anniversary of the Chronicles) :

  • Photobomber of the year – Torre de Manila for its successful backdrop appearance at Luneta Park, site of the Philippines’ national hero (Dr. Jose Rizal) monument. The controversial 49-story condominium project has also popped up in major U.S. cities like San Francisco, Honolulu, New York and St. Louis. (See previous Chronicles story)
  • Broadcaster of the Year- Kris Aquino. No other media personality has mastered the art of exposing his or her own private life than Ms. Aquino. Her talk shows and social media accounts are always full of exciting revelations about her  career, her exes, kids and other love life, and her battle with STD.
  • Outstanding Mass Transportation – MRT. Thousands of Metro Manila commuters are out in the sun, standing in long queues each day to get to the trains, not to mention getting to work or school late.
  • Pontius Pilate Award – President NoyNoy Aquino. It’s always someone else’s fault. He has mastered the art of washing his hands in public, just like this award’s namesake.
  • Best wedding cake design – Alfredo Barrazza. The Colombian fashion designer gained prominence with his concoction of a wedding cake gown for the Philippines’ bet in the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, MJ Lastimosa.
  • Newsmaker of the Year – Philippine Daily Inquirer. The newspaper made headlines when its banner headline announced the execution of Filipina convict Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia. “Death Came Before Dawn,” the headline read. Next morning, Veloso was seen being escorted back to her jail cell. Her execution was stayed by Indonesian authorities.
  • Tax Collector of the Year – Can you all just ask Manny Pacquiao?
  • Outstanding Public Servant  – Mar Roxas. The Philippines’ Interior and Local Government Secretary is seen everywhere — distributing relief goods to typhoon victims, carrying a sack of garlic on his shoulder, carrying a sack of rice on his shoulder, directing traffic in Metro Manila streets, and riding the MRT train during non-commute hours. Photo ops, they’re called.
  • Outstanding City Mayor – Binay, Binay and Binay! What would the city of Makati be like without Jejomar, Elenita and Junjun?
  • Outstanding Real Estate  –  Makati City Hall Building Garage, the cost of which is a staggering 1,000 times the rate of inflation.
  • Exporter of the Year – Canada Does anyone know if the Canadian trash and toxic waste are still sitting in containers at Manila’s port?
  • Best Beauty Pageant Question Answer – It’s a tie between Miss Philippines-Universe Pia Wurtzbach  (“Think before you click,” in answer to Internet censorship question) and  Miss Philippines- Earth Angelia Gabrena Ong (“I’m all for sex marriage,” in answer to a question about same-sex marriage.)
  • Top Financial Investor – Catholic Bishops of the Philippines, always in the top ten list of stock investors. Unfortunately, your weekly contributions into the Sunday collection basket do not count as shareholder stocks.