MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – While some countries like France, Italy and Spain are known for their gourmet cuisine, the Philippines is leading the way in exporting its indigenous cuisine, the designer way — starting with balut.
Balut are boiled, fertilized duck eggs that contain not only a yolk but also a semi- developed duck embryo.
While many enjoy this delicacy, others cringe even with just the idea of consuming balut.
Well, that’s about to change.
Jollibee, the country’s leading fast-food chain which has established franchises the world over, has announced that starting in February, it will start exporting designer versions of this lowly Filipino street food. It will also serve it as part of their late afternoona and evening menu.
A spokesperson for Jollibee told The Adobo Chronicles that the company hopes that by adding a designer feel to balut, more people will be enticed to try and continue to enjoy this unique Filipino delicacy.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Filipinos worldwide couldn’t be more proud when Pope Francis personally attended the “Simbang Gabi” orgnized by Filipinos in The Vatican.
”Simbang Gabi” is a Philippine tradition involving a nine-day novena where Catholics attend early dawn masses in preparation for Christmas.
Francis, in his message during the Vatican Simbang Gabi, told Pinoys to be ‘smugglers of faith.’
That didn’t sit well with Filipinos in the Philippines and the entire diaspora. “There are smugglers amongst us, but not every Pinoy is a smuggler,” a Filipino now living in Rome told The Adobo Chronicles.
Looks like the Pope hit a nerve. Or shall we say pinched a nerve.
ATLANTA, Georgia (The Adobo Chronicles, Atlanta Bureau) – Thanks to Miss Phlippines, Miss Laos and other Miss Universe contestants, pageant organizers have announced that they will scrap the “National Costume Competition” starting next year.
Miss Philippines appeared in an over-the-top silver gown and oversized headdress. She was tucked in between two giant silver eagles which supposedly represented her country’s national bird.
Miss Laos, on the other hand, paraded with a huge elephant while making a political statement about protecting the Amazon rainforest.
”While we appreciate the time and effort put in by contestants and their designers to grab the most attention during the annual national costume competition, many costumes were not only outrageous but have not been representative of the contestants’ native countries,” a Miss Universe Organization spokesperson said.
”This year alone, we’ve seen eagles and elephants, a well as out-of-this-world headdresses that remind us of the San Francisco cabaret show, “Beach Blanket Babylon.”
Pageant officials also complained that the bulky costumes have caused serious space problems at the pageant venues, but have also irked the airlines because of the oversized luggage and baggage brought in by the Miss Universe hopefuls.