Category Archives: International

ABS-CBN Wins New Franchise!

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The ongoing Congressional hearings on the broadcast franchise for ABS-CBN may all be moot and academic, as the Lopez-owned conglomerate  announced it has been granted not one, but several franchises.

A spokesperson for ABS-CBN Holdings told The Adobo Chronicles that the new franchises include operations in several cities in the Philippines and in the United States.

The new franchises were signed today in Manila between officers of ABS-CBN and ChowKing.

The spokesperson said ABS-CBN is really excited about its new fastfood venture.  It will continue to use its popular meme of “In the (food) service of the Filipino.”

Senator Risa Hontiveros’ Counter Proposal To Rename NAIA

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The proposed bill to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has received a lot of pushback from many Filipinos.

Representatives Paolo Duterte, Lord Allan Velasco and Eric Yap want NAIA to be renamed Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.  Many are opposed to the proposed new name because it is difficult to spell, pronounce and remember, especially for the hundreds of international pilots that will have to communicate with the air control tower as well as non Tagalog-speaking tourists and visitors to the Philippines.

Enter Senator Risa Hontiveros who proposed an alternate name that she says will be very easy to remember: MARIA.

It stands for Maria Angelita Ressa International Airport, named after the notorious Filipino American journalist, Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ and self-proclaimed vanguard of Press Freedom.

“Honoring Ressa will show our country’s commitment to uphold Freedom of Speech while recognizing the Rappler CEO’s protracted battle against any curtailment of the rights of the Fourth Estate,” Hontiveros said.

Ready for landing in Manila? Fasten your seatbelts. We’re now approaching MARIA!

Paolo Duterte Backtracks, Proposes NAIA Be Renamed MIA

DAVAO CITY,  Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Davao  Bureau) – President Rodrigo Duterte’s son, Congressman Paolo Duterte had earlier proposed to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas (translation: International Airport of the Philippines), but many are pushing back.

Netizens are demanding that NAIA revert to its original name. International pilots have also complained that it would be very difficult for them to communicate with  Manila’s flight control tower if the airport’s name was in Tagalog.

So Duterte backtracked and agreed to return NAIA to its original name — MIA…

Marcos International Airport.

Lost in translation.