Category Archives: History

Climate Change: As Temperature Dips To Record Levels, Baguio’s Plants Start Acting Weird

img_9214BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – The cold spell in the city is now on its down trend after the mercury level dropped to a chilly 7.3 degrees Celsius Wednesday morning which is now the fourth lowest temperature in the history of the Philippines’ undisputed Summer Capital.

From the 8 degrees Celsius lowest temperature recorded by the local office of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Tuesday morning, the mercury level further dropped opening the floodgates of the occurrence of frost in highly elevated areas in Benguet and Mountain Province that pose a serious threat to the growth of semi-temperate vegetables that are on their vegetative and flowering stages.

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Baguio freezes

As residents and tourists bundled up, the city’s most popular produce started acting up in the weirdest of ways.

Carrots embraced each other, strawberries turned purple or violet and became iced fruit candies, broccoli flowers have sprouted like cactus plants, and eggplants are mimicking penguins.

All because of climate change.

Will Baguio’s experience finally convince non-believers? Someone please share this with Donald Trump!

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As The Anniversary of EDSA People Power Nears, Duterte And Aquino Reconcile

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Bong Go, NoyNoy Aquino and President Duterte en route to Davao City via Philippine Airlines, coach

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – On February 25, 2017, the Philippines will commemorate the anniversary of EDSA People Power I, the peaceful revolution that ousted the late Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Since that 1986 life-changing event for the Filipinos, nothing much has changed in as far as the ideological rivalry between the pro-Aquinos and the pro-Marcoses.  In fact, taking Marcos out of the equation, there continues to be a fierce conflict between the so-called Yellowtards (pro-Aquino and Liberal Party) and Dutertards (pro-Digong Duterte).

But 2017 could see a historic coming together of all Filipinos from all sorts of colors and political persuasions.  As a matter of fact, President Rodrigo Duterte and Ex-President Noynoy Aquino are leading this new phenomenon of “One Filipino Nation, United.”

Reliable sources in Malacañang tell The Adobo Chronicles that the two presidents have decided to reconcile to the dismay of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines which has always been pro-Aquino and anti-Duterte.

In fact, Aquino joined Duterte in his latest trip to Davao City where the two met privately in the president’s private residence before announcing their reconciliation.

So on February 25, 2017, the Filipinos will gather one last time at the EDSA shrine to celebrate People Power, one that is neither yellow nor red; neither ‘L’ sign nor “closed fist.” It will just be a colorless event with a new Miss Universe-type hand wave, symbolic of unity, camaraderie and everlasting peace.

Mark your calendars:  February 25, at noon, EDSA!

Senator De Lima: I Am The New Jose Rizal

img_8022MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau)- How many more lives must be sacrificed before the people would act and put an end to violence in the society? This was the message of Senator Leila de Lima on the observace of Dr. Jose Rizal day today in the Philippines. Rizal is the country’s national hero.

The lady senator, a harsh critic of President Rodrigo Durtete, likened herself to the national hero, saying, “Mamamatay akong hindi man lang makikita ang ninging ng bukang-liwayway sa aking Bayan.” (I will die without seeing the break of day in my country.) It was actually a quote from Rizal’s famous book, “Noli Me Tangere:” (Touch Me Not).

“Just like Rizal was persecuted for his defiance of the abuses of the Spanish colonizers, I am being persecuted for my lone defiance of the abuses of the Duterte administration. I have been called names, accused of all sorts of things, tried in public and threatened with imprisonment, and I suspect even death,” the senator said.

“And just like Rizal, I will not be touched and if I die, I will die a hero. I have even been given an award in the United States for standing up to Duterte. That must mean something as far as heroism is concerned.”