PASIG CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – First, it was allegedly banned from being sold or eaten in Pasig, but now, while it is abundant in the city’s public market, sidewalk stalls and even at mall food courts, biko, that popular Filipino delicacy is now commanding excessive prices.
The rice cake became the center of controversy in the days leading up to the May 13 elections since it was allegedly banned because it reminded voters of its namesake, Vico Sotto, candidate for mayor.
But now that elections are over and Sotto has been proclaimed the new mayor, biko prices have doubled.
What used to be a 12-inch bilao (round wicker tray) now sells for P300 compared to P150 prior to the elections. The prices of the 14-inch and 16-inch trays have also doubled.
The vendors we talked to said that the demand for this food item has increased significantly since Vico won in the elections and that consumers now consider it a great honor to have or consume biko in their households.
We guess we now know what Sotto’s first agenda will be on his first day as mayor.
NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Move over, Maria Ressa. TIME Magazine has a new ‘Most Influential Person’ — Asia’s songbird Regine Velasquez.
For standing up to Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin by questioning his intelligence, for displaying patriotism and defending her country’s territorial rights, and for coming to the defense of giant clams fished out by the Chinese from the West Philippine Sea, TIME has named Velasquez ‘Most Infuential Person in Scarborough Shoal.’
It all started when the pipit (Filipino version of the songbird) tweeted her disgust over Locsin’s comment that the Philippines will not go to war over giant clams:
(And I thought you were smart. I’m just a simple perspn with simple thoughts. These people are invading our territory they are not just taking food they are destroying our waters.)
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – As the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) prepares to implement its plan to totally ban provincial buses on EDSA, the fast food giant ChowKing has submitted a proposal to take over the bus terminals as soon as they shut down.
The MMDA plan would eventually close down all provincial bus terminals along the busy thoroughfare. Passengers heading for Northern or Southern Luzon will have to take city buses to catch provincial buses in Bocaue, Bulacan and Santa Rosa, Laguna, respectively.
ChowKing has already put up signs on the facades of Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus and Genesis bus terminals along EDSA in Cubao.