MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines is moving closer to the dawn of the “new normal” after proposals that the entire country be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), the least restrictive of the government’s regulative policy aimed curbing the spread of Covid-19.
Among the proposed changes is to open up cinemas on the condition of controlled occupancy (physical distancing) and observance of, according to a Department of Health (DOH) officials, the wearing of face masks, no eating, no calls, and NO BATHROOM BREAKS!
In accordance with the DOH recommendation, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) issued Resolution 69-X that would require all movie patrons to bring their own portable urinals so that they wont’ have the need to use the cinema’s bathroom.
In anticipation of the opening of the cinemas and of the new IATF rules, online shopping portal Lazada is reporting that its supply of portable urinals has been depleted and is currently on back order.
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) – Now that ABS-CBN is off the air, we are seeing more broadcasting partnerships between the government and the private sector. We win as one. We heal as one. We broadcast as one.
On Friday. GMA7 and PTV4 launched the first of a series of joint broadcasts with a new talk show titled “Wowowee and Harry Roque.” It is co-hosted by the Presidential Spokesperson and variety show personality Willie Revillame.
Roque will take on the role of comedian while Revillame will act as the serious government comminications person.
The new show airs weekdays at noon. Next week’s guest line-up includes Angel Locsin, Maria Ressa, NEDA Acting Chief Karl Chua and Senate President Tito Sotto.