BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Local officials in the summer capital of the Philippines are not content with banning cussing in public. They want to ban PDA – that’s public display of affection – in the city’s parks.
While the cussing prohibition is already law, the PDA ban is still in the works, thanks to a new ordinance that was passed on first reading prohibiting kissing, petting, necking, and lying down together within the premises of the children’s park at Burnham . It was authored by Councilor Joel Alangsab, who says his proposal is aimed at protecting children from seeing lewd acts at the park.
So, if the proposal becomes law, we advise Baguio residents and tourists alike that when they feel like engaging in PDA while visiting Burnham and other public parks, they should bring a blanket, shawl or umbrella to cover up their lewd acts. That would make Baguio city officials really happy.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – The Chicago River in Illinois, U.S.A. literally froze this week as temperatures dipped below zero degrees.
This gave the ever-efficient city officials of Baguio City led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan a brilliant idea: to convert the murky Burnham Lake in this Philippine summer capital into an ice skating rink.
Baguio’s own temperature dipped to 9 degrees this week, sending chills to both residents and visitors who are in town for the opening of the month-long Panagbenga Festival.
The conversion plan involves dredging the man-made lake, refilling it with salt water and installing an underground ice maker.
Many ice skating enthusiasts were elated over the plan, but others, including operators of rental paddle boats in the lake were not happy.
Domogan said the conversion is part of the city government’s overall plan to rehabilitate the city which could eventually lose its tourism industry because of overcrowding, traffic and deterioration of natural parks.
We may soon see the next Filipino Olympic skating champion among our Baguio youth!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Bowing to public pressure and critcism, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced today it will immediately begin reconstruction of the controversial footbridge along EDSA in Kamuning, Quezon City.
The footbridge, dubbed by netizens as “footbridge to heaven” and “stairway to heaven,” had become the butt of jokes because of its unusual steep height, rising from the ground to almost the equivalent of a 6-8 storey building. People have complained that there is no way senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs) can make it up then down the more than 9-meter skyway.
An MMDA spokesperson detailed the design revisions approved by the agency:
Construction of an elevator from the ground to the top level of the footbridge
Construction of an enclosure for the entire span of the bridge
Installation of airconditioning for the bridge enclosure
Installation of multi-colored strobe lights inside the enclosure to make for a pleasant journey up and down the footbridge
Installation of of 3-D audio visual display upon reaching the top level of the bridge
With these improvements, MMDA is confident that the EDSA-Kamuning footbridge will become popular not only among local pedestrians — seniors and PWDs included — but also tourists from all over the world.
The MMDA spokesperson refused to give The Adobo Chronicles the cost estimates for the improvements to this P10 Million street project.