MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The House of Representatives passed on final reading the “Bating Filipino” bill proposing to institutionalize a new gesture of greeting and friendship that may be part of the public health and safety protocols as the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.It is an alternative to the traditional handshake.
Vice President Leni Robredo immediately criticized the bill, saying placing the palm against the chest along with a slight nod has never been part of Filipino custom and tradition.
Instead, Robredo suggested that Filipinos be given the choice of either a fist bump or the “L” sign, depending on whether they are DDS (Diehard Duterte Supporter) or Dilawan (Yellows).
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – The Philippine eagle has been the country’s national bird since 1995, replacing the red maya. Now, Vice President Leni Robredo wants to change that.
Robredo wants the eagle replaced by the yellow bird as the country’s national symbol, urging her colleagues in Congress to initiate and pass the appropriate legislation.
It wasn’t hard for observers to conclude that Robredo’s choice of the yellow bird had something to do with the colors of her Liberal Party and the Opposition — yellow and black.
But when The Adobo Chronicles asked the Office of the Vice President for the rationale of Robredo’s proposal, Spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said: “It makes perfect sense. Just like the yellow bird, the opposition Liberal Party is now on the list of endangered species.”
As the old song goes, “Yellow bird, up high in banana tree. Yellow bird, you sit all alone like me…”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Now that the U.S. Capitol protester photographed sitting in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s chair has been arrested and charged, Federal agents are now focusing their search on the man with the Philippine-style soft broom (see photo.)
The Adobo Chronicles has learned that many Filipinos living in the U.S. are now living in fear because their homes and apartments could be the subject of the nation-wide manhunt (or womanhunt).
The soft broom held by the protester in the photograph matches brooms (walis tambo in the Filipino dialect) that most, if not all, Filipinos keep in their households. It is an essential cleaning item that is unique to the Philippines and is in stark contrast to the nylon brooms most Americans have.
There are even reports that many Filipinos are now discarding their walis tambo for fear that they may be mistaken to be that protester.
Well, there’s always the walis tingting (bamboo broom, broomstick) that’s also popular among Filipinos.