Category Archives: Economy

SWS Survey: Only 1 In 10 Filipinos Not Happy; Here’s A Random Sampling

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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) –  At least 9 in 10 Filipinos said they are happy and satisfied with life in general nowadays, making it the highest happiness rate in the past 20 years, based on a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results.

As a follow-up to the SWS survey, The Adobo Chronicles sent its investigative reporters to find out who comprise the 10 percent of Filipinos who are not happy. Here’s a random sampling of our findings in various venues:

  • Boracay Mansion – VP Leni Robredo
  • Senate – Alfonso Trillanes
  • Camp Crame – Incarcerated Senator Leila De Lima
  • Archbishop’s Palace – Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Socrates Villegas
  • Australia – Jim Paredes
  • U.S. – Loida Nicolas-Lewis
  • News Media – Rappler’s Maria Ressa
  • Social Media – Cynthia Patag
  • Book Authors – Raissa Robles
  • Film – Agot Isidro
  • Women – Senator Risa Hontiveros
  • Men – Self-confessed murderer Arthur Lascañas
  • Children – Name withheld, still under legal age
  • Retired Politicians – Ex-President NoyNoy Aquino
  • Retired Film and TV personalities – Kris Aquino
  • Activists – Gabriela
  • Propagandists – Georgina
  • Landgrabbers – Luisita

The Adobo Chronicles’ random sampling has no margin of error.


First IKEA Store Soon To Open In The Philippines

IMG_9638MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – IKEA, the popular ready-to-assemble furniture and home appliances giant, will soon open its very first store in the Philippines, as confirmed by Swedish Ambassador Harald Fries.

But Fries said the Philippine store will be like no other.

In an effort to utilize indigenous materials and promote products that reflect the true identity of the Philippines, IKEA will be showcasing and selling do-it-yourself items that include:

  • Bahay Kubo
  • Giant Spoon and Fork Woodcarved Wall Decor
  • Woodcarved Giant Hand Chairs
  • Rice Dispenser
  • Last Supper Wall Frames
  • Easy-to-assemble karaoke machines

IMG_9689IKEA said it will continue to explore items that it will be showcasing, including furniture, appliances and home accessories made of sea shells, bamboo, rattan — even leather shoes and flipflops made in Marikina.

It’s more fun in the Philippines.  IKEA will make it all the more fun!

iPhone Sales Plummet, Thanks To The Republicans

Chaffetz (Photo: CNN)

CUPERTINO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Bureau) – In its most recent quarterly report, Apple said it sold 231 million iPhones in the past 12 months. That’s almost 20 million power month or 667,000 per day.

Alas, in just the last 24 hours, iPhone sales dropped by almost 80 percent, mostly in the American market.

Thanks to the Republicans who on Monday night released a 123-page bill to repeal Obamacare. Analysts have said that the new plan will cost Americans more, cost taxpayers more, provide less coverage, and force millions to lose their coverage.

But hope is not lost.

Republic Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the powerful chairman of the House Oversight committee told the “Today” show yesterday morning that all Americans need to do is to stop buying iPhones and instead invest their money in their own healthcare.

But as one door closes, another opens.

eBay told The Adobo Chronicles that online business through their portal increased by 50 percent, mostly due to Americans selling their used iPhones so that they can pay for their healthcare.

All’s well that ends well.