Category Archives: Health & Medicine

After Smoking Ban, Duterte Issues ‘No NoyNoying’ Executive Order


MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Shortly after signing the Executive Order (EO) implementing a nationwide, comprehensive smoking ban, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issued another historic order: ‘No NoyNoying.’

Noynoying (pronounced noy-noy-YING ) is a term used to describe one’s inaction despite having the responsibility to do something.

The term originated from a protest gimmick in the form of neologism which critics of former Philippines 🇵🇭  President Benigno Aquino III have used to question his work ethic, alleging inaction on Aquino’s part on the issues of disaster response and of rising oil prices.

Malacañang said that the ‘NoyNoying’ ban is consistent with the President’s campaign against government corruption.  It will make it illegal for any government official or employee to just sit around doing nothing while being paid his or her salary and bonuses from taxpayer money.

The new EO requires all government offices to display the ‘No NoyNoying’ sign in conspicuous places to remind their personnel about the new law.



VP Leni Robredo Unveils ‘Just Do It’ Campaign For Filipino Youth


QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – She has called for the decriminalization of drug use.  Now, Vice President Leni Robredo, encouraged by recent pronouncements by drug experts, has unveiled her latest campaign directed at Filipino youth.

Calling it “Just Do It,” Robredo said the campaign aims to encourage young people not to even think twice before using illegal drugs. “It does no harm,” she says.

The new national campaign came just days after two international experts spoke at a drug conference at the University of the Philippines 🇵🇭 .

Dr.  Carl Hart, head of Columbia University’s Psychology Department debunked President Rodrigo Duterte’s claims that the repeated use of shabu (methamphetamine) shrinks a user’s brain over time. “The data simply isn’t there,” said Hart, whose area of research includes “behavioral and neuropharmacological effects of psychoactive drugs in humans.”

At the same time, Agnes Callamard, United National special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions declared that Duterte’s war on drugs does not work as it breeds more problems for the government.

Malacañang has not yet responded to The Adobo Chronicles’ request for comment on Robredo’s new project.

Coming Soon To The Philippines: Plant-Based Lechon And Crispy Pata


MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In the Philippines, no restaurant menu is complete without Crispy Pata (Deep-fried pig knuckles) and no family celebration is without Lechon (Roasted whole pig). The consequences could be hazardous to one’s health, possibly explaining why hypertension and heart disease are quite prevalent among Filipinos.

Well, all this might finally come to an end.

A Washington, D.C.-based firm is upping the ante in the effort to get more people eating plant-based and cell-cultured meat.  Good  Food Institute (GFI) is expanding its operations from the United Sates to the entire world, beginning with China, Brazil and Taiwan.  The Philippines 🇵🇭 may not be far behind.

In anticipation of this animal-less revolution, local forward-looking entrepreneurs are now in talks with GFI for a possible partnership to jumpstart an industry that would produce plant-based Lechon and Crispy Pata.

Researchers at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños have been tapped to explore the use of abundant local plants and vegetables like Kangkong (Spinach), Sayote (Chayote) and Talong (Eggplant) to produce great tasting meat substitutes in the laboratory  to make Lechon and Crispy Pata.  They are also looking at converting flowering plants into Chicharon Bulaklak (Fried Pork Intestines).

Here’s to a healthier, longer-lifespan Philippines!