Category Archives: Environment

Total Solar Eclipse As Seen In Baguio City, Philippines

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – It was an experience of a lifetime for many in the United States — a total solar eclipse seen from sea to shining sea.

But this rare phenomenon was also seen in Baguio City, the Philippines’ summer capital.  It shocked even the country’s scientists and weather experts as it was totally unexpected.

Just when the final moments of the eclipse came to an end in America, Baguio residents woke up this morning to this fantastic view of the moon casting its shadow over the sun.


It’s truly sunny side up!



50 Container Vans Of Balut Rotting In Canadian Port

Canadian trash in Manila, left, and balut, right

TORONTO, Canada (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – Some 50 container vans of balut, the Filipino delicacy of boiled duck embryo, has been found rotting in an undisclosed port in Canada.

The shipment was imported by a local company for distribution in Filipino and Asian groceries and supermarkets throughout Canada. Balut is extremely popular among Filipinos and other Asians in Canada.

The Adobo Chronicles learned that the shipment was abandoned by the importer after hearing of the news that bird flu has been confirmed in the Philippines, particularly in the province of Pampanga, south of the capital, Manila.

The Canadian government is at a loss on what to do with the rotting eggs.

Could it be karma for Canada for the 2013 shipment of toxic trash exported to the Philippines, shipped as “heterogeneous plastic scrap materials” which was subsequently found to be non-recyclable plastics, used adult diapers, broken bottles and glasses, waste paper, household/kitchen waste, etc. ?

The Canadian government has asked the Philippines to take back the shipment, but Malacañang, the presidential palace, said “why would we do that when Canada refused to take back its trash from 2013?”

Despite the very friendly relationship between the Philippines and Canada, once in a while, the two countries have to deal with issues that stink.


Duterte To Throw Opposition Senators Into Manila Bay As Part Of Government Cleanup

Left: Opposition Senators; Right: Manila Mayor Estrada Cleaning up the Bay

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been quoted in the past about his threat to dump the bodies of illegal drug lords and pushers into Manila Bay.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada beat him to it, except that instead of human bodies, Estrada dumped trash into the Bay only to be picked up again as part of a publicity stunt.

That gave Duterte an idea.

Reliable sources told The Adobo Chronicles that the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday will include a proposal to throw his most ardent critics in the Senate into the Bay to be picked up again.

It is part of Duterte’s message to the Filipino people that the Senate needs some cleanup.  But it is also a message that he will tolerate all criticism against him and his administration, and that he has no intention of permanently silencing them.

The senators who will be temporarily dumped into the Bay include Antonio Trillanes, Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Franklin Drilon.

Philippine National Police Director Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa will lead Duterte’s cleanup drive.