MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Like many tropical countries, the Philippines has all but two seasons, the wet and dry seasons. No four seasons like the rest of planet Earth.
But blame it on climate change, winter has arrived in the country. No need to look very far than the set of CNN Philippines ‘Newsnight,’ where news reader Pia Hontiveros was seen on January 18 shivering in the cold. Luckily, the producers of the show were able to quickly install a fireplace to warm the studio.
Expect activist Greta Thunberg to start citing this Philippine phenomenon to argue for the urgent need to address climate change.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is leaving no stone unturned to protect the dolomite it dumped on the beach at Manila Bay Sands.
The controversial white sand has had its share of praise and criticism, but also some transformation from black sand to white sand to black sand.
In defending its cosmetic project, DENR said the dolomite sand didn’t wash out. Rather black sand from the water washed in.
The agency has lined up several fixes, including dumping dolomite into the water so that white, instead of black sand would wash into the beach. It also said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) plans to build a breakwater to protect the artificial white sandand keep it intact even with strong current.
DENR is not stopping there.
Today it announced that it will be installing solar-powered giant fans that would blow away the water as well as black sand before reaching the beach.
Already, scientists are hailing the idea as a technological wonder that will put the Philippines on the world map.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – It opened with much fanfare, but SM Baguio’s new sky terrace was a big disappointment to many residents.
“Some 60 mature pine and other trees were uprooted to give way to a shadeless promenade and synthetic green grass,” netizens complained.
But there is hope.
Coming at a time when Manila Bay donned a new look with imported dolomite from Cebu, SM Baguio is seriously considering replacing the synthetic grass with fake white sand.
”It would be quite an attraction to create a white sand beach atmosphere even without the benefit of a bay,” a spokesperson told The Adobo Chronicles. “We’ve seen how Manila Sands was well received by many.”