MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Sometimes, it takes a crisis of pandemic proportions for the greatest of enemies to come together as one, joining fists to fight even an invisible enemy like COVID-19.
Today, in an unusual show of solidarity, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo did a fist bump, signifying their resolve to make amends and to work closely together — well, with a little bit of social distancing — to lead the island nation towards being coronavirus-free.
The fist bump happened online — Duterte in Malacanang and Robredo at the Boracay Mansion — serenaded by the who’s who in Pinoy music singing the theme song, “We Heal As One.”
Both Duterte and Robredo also announced they were both quarantining themselves, promising that neither of them will issue any public statement or press release until the country is certified COVID-free by the World Health Organization.
Let the healing begin.
SAN JOSE, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Bureau) – In this time of crisis of pandemic proportions, not to mention directives for shelter-in-place (or enhanced community quarantine), netizens need all the tools they can muster to express to their friends, followers and networks how they genuinely feel about COVID-19.
As expected, many feel sad, angry, shocked and what-have-you. And these emotions can be expressed through emojis that the social media network Facebook has provided to account holders. But the available emoticons may not express what many truly feel about this unprecedented situation.
So today, Facebook unveiled the latest addition to its reaction emoticons — an emoji that will surely express what many feel about COVID-19.
Use the new emoticon. It’s now at your disposal!
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Just a few days ago, Vice President Leni Robredo made a call to local fashion designers to help design a protective suit for the country’s medical fontliners. She said the reason for the call is “the difficulty in sourcing supplies since everything is imported and the Philippines has been competing with so many countries already.”
Well, what do you know…
The country’s top fashion designers immediately responded to Robredo’s call and submitted a unanimous, collective design for a protective gown for medical frontliners which will soon be mass-produced and distributed to hospitals and clinics throughout the country.
The unanimous design was presented to the Office of the Vice President today (see photo)
All she needed to do was ask.
(Crispulo Bacud Tappa contributed to this report)