Category Archives: Culture

Filipino Designers Respond To Leni Robredo’s Call For Locally-made Face Masks

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – In a post on her Facebook page, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo called on Filipino “industrial designers, fashion designers, Architects, engineers etc. to come up with alternative designs for PPEs with readily available materials which can be produced and sourced locally.”

”Of course, the requirement is it would still offer the same amount of protection.” she added.

Robredo made the call in the midst of what she described as the short supply of protective gear that would shield Filipinos from the threat of COVID-19.

Within just a just a few hours after her post, the Office of the Vice President received dozens of samples of locally-designed face masks made of rattan, bamboo, capiz shells, narra wood and coconut husks.

The OVP said Robredo was very impressed with the ingenuity of the designers who responded to her appeal.

10 Ways Filipinos Can Be Productive While Under Home Quarantine

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Whether they live  in California, New York, Manila or Baguio, Filipinos can be productive while under home quarantine or shelter-in-place.

Here are some tips from The Adobo Chronicles:

  1. Disinfect all rooms and areas of your home, and don’t forget to disinfect the plastic covering of your expensive couch and dining chairs.
  2. This would be a good time to practice and improve on your singing. You do have a videoke machine in your home, don’t you?
  3. Brush up on your word knowledge. Play scrabble but maintain a safe distance from the other players, and don’t forget to wear your designer masks and disposable hand gloves.
  4. If you don’t have a scrabble game, play a game of dama, using tanzan (bottle caps) from the case of San Mig Light you and your friends drank last night.
  5. Teach your children proper hygiene by asking them to wash the dishes with soap and water after each meal.
  6. Do some cupboard and refrigerator spring cleaning. Get rid of jars and bottles of bagoong and atchara that’s been sitting there for years!
  7. Do some dusting on items that could harbor viruses and bacteria, especially your giant wood-carved spoon and fork, your wall carpet of The Last Supper and your capiz shell lampshades.
  8. Sit down and make a list of the people you borrowed cash from but were never paid back. When the home quarantine is over, pay them back. After all, you’ll be saving a lot of money by staying home.
  9. Open your baul (treasure chest), retrieve old family photos and reminisce those days of bellbottoms and platform shoes.
  10. Still bored? Embark on a home science project: try to separate the ingredients of your 3 in 1 coffee.

Stay safe!



Baguio City’s Panagbenga Will Go On As Scheduled

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Hundreds of thousands of tourists, not to mention local businesses, were sorely disappointed that City Mayor Benjamin Magalong decided to cancel today’s Opening Parade for the 2020 Panagbenga Festival.

The month-long festival attracts more than a million people each year and has always been a great income-generating opportunity for local merchants and businesses.

The cancellation was prompted by concerns that the coronavirus could threaten the health and safety of Baguio residents and visitors alike.

But no worries, the rest of the Panagbenga activities will go on as scheduled, especially the final street and float parades which cap the festival.  This, after the City Government and festival organizers agreed on a crucial safety measure that will be implemented.

The measure?  All parade participants — those hunky males donning Igorot costumes included — as well as the flower floats will be required to wear protective face masks.  In addition, parade spectators will also be asked to wear the masks .

If there’s a will, there’s a way!