MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Senator Cynthia Villar, who takes pride in seeing the Rice Tariffication Law become a reality may not be happy with neophyte Senator Imee Marcos who wants to repeal it.
Marcos’ proposed bill is based on scientific findings that white rice is worse in causing diabetes than sugary drinks.
In her proposed bill, Marcos wants to revoke all rice import licenses of private individuals or groups so as to lessen the volume of unhealthy white rice being sold in the country. She also encouraged rice farmers and millers to produce and market the more healthy brown rice.
Here’s to a diabetes-free Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – McDonald’s may have finally found its best answer to Jollibee’s chicken joy: a new hamburger menu item it is calling “Ricky Reyes Hamburger.”
The American fast-food chain came up with the new concept after a video surfaced on social media where the renowned, openly-gay hairstylist, philanthropist and businessman chastised fellow gay Filipino men .
Asked about the bill seeking to protect LGBT people from discrimination which is now pending in Congress, Reyes said, “Kung ikaw ay may nota, sa lalaki ka. ‘Pag may kipay ka, sa babae ka. Nirerespeto kita bilang tao, nirerespeto kita bilang bading, pero lumugar tayo sa tamang lugar.” (If you have a penis, you are a man. If you have a vagina, you are a woman. I respect you as a person, I respect you as a gay man, but let’s stay in our place.)
“Kung nagpa-opera ka, ang bakla, miski may kipay na, may boobs na, bakla pa rin ang utak niyan,” he said. “Gilingin mo man ‘yan, ang labas niyan baklang hamburger.” (Even if you’ve undergone surgery, a gay man, even if he has a vagina, or boobs, he still thinks like a gay man … Even if you grind them, they will come out as gay hamburgers.)
The new hamburgers will cost just P69.
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.