WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – What was once thought as a dying breed of labanderas (laundry ladies) seems to be staging a big comeback — in the United States.
Thanks to Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policy, steep tarriffs have been imposed on washing machines and solar products. As a result, middle-income American families who can no longer afford the high cost of washing machines and clothes driers are resorting to hand washing and setting up clotheslines in their homes and apartments.
But this has also increased the demand for labanderas. Americans are now willing to sponsor the work visas of foreign nationals from Mexico and the Philippines and provide them gainful employment as live-in laundry ladies. (Many Americans realize they get extra perks when employing labanderas: their clothes get ironed as well!)
Got handwashing skills? Contact the U.S. Embassy closest to you.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Dozens of student activists at the University of the Philippines were expelled for their participation at a recent protest rally seeking to overthrow the Duterte government.
During the nationwide protest, the students displayed a ‘memorandum’ declaring Duterte and the U.S. as the “number one terrorists.”
A spokesperson for the U.P. Chancellor at U.P. Diliman said that the activists were expelled not for their political activity but for bringing shame to the state university.
In their “memo,” the students committed a grammatical error that even a third grader wouldn’t make.
The memo said, “We, student councils from across the UP Systems, declares…”
Third graders know that the verb used should have been “declare.”
There were other grammatical errors in the memo.
”We apologize to the Filipino taxpayers for using their hard-earned money to fund the education of these students,” the spokesperson said.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – So it turns out it was not only former President Manuel Roxas who disappeared from the one hundred peso bill. Apparently, the Aquinos —- Ninoy and Cory — have also been erased from the five hundred peso bill.
It all started when a woman withdrew several P100 bills from an ATM only to discover that the photo of Roxas has been erased.
When it launched an investigation into the mystery, the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) discovered several P500 bills with the faces of the Aquinos all but erased from the paper currency.
So before you distribute those red envelopes to your godchildren this holiday season, make sure there are no missing faces on your peso bills.