MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It’s the ‘ber’ months — the unofficial start of the Christmas season in the Philippines — and once again, Filipino shoppers will be treated to the time-honored tradition of malls playing Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas carols.
This year, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared September 1 as a special non-working holiday to enable Filipinos nationwide to pay tribute to the singer for all seasons and all decades.
The proclamation was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, urging young and old to troop to the malls and experience this Christmas tradition that’s unlike anything, anywhere in the world.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
MANILA. Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – SM Malls, the largest conglomerate of shopping malls in the Philippines, is taking the lead in ending LGBT discrimination in the country.
It has announced that it will convert all its public restrooms into “all-gender” restrooms.
The move came after that incident in a Quezon City mall where a transgender woman was refused the use the female restroom by a clueless attendant.
In a statement issued through a spokesperson for SM, management said that it fully supports the LGBT community and will immediately institute a “free-for-all” restroom policy, one that will allow customers to use whichever restroom they are comfortable and fully identify with — male, female, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, etc. etc.
SM’s only request is for all restroom users to wash their hands after use.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Despite the hullabaloo and political undertones of the Philippine government’s threat to not renew the broadcasting franchise of ABS-CBN, experts agree it’s in keeping with the law.
The television network has been called out for being critical of the government and for alleged unpaid government loans.
While optional retirement has been reduced to 56, current Philippine law still mandates compulsory retirement for citizens reaching age 65.
ABS-CBN is 65 years old now and is proud of its more than six decades ‘in the service of the Filipino.’
Experts say no one is above the law, not even the network owned by the Lopezes.
”Corporations are people and people must obey the law. ABS-CBN must retire and shut down for good,” one Constitutional expert said.