Category Archives: Local News

MMDA To Redesign EDSA’s “Footbridge To Heaven”

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.

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Malacañang Clarifies P1 Increase In Jeepney Fare

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Photo credits: left, One Valenzuela; right, Rene Astudillo

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque today issued a clarification regarding the P1 increase in jeepney fare which went into effect yesterday in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The Malacañang statement came after the President’s hotline (8888) received numerous calls from irate Filipinos complaining about the rise in the cost for massage services.

Apparently, what many heard was that there was a P1 increase in pamasahe (massage) as opposed to a P1 increase in pasahe (fare).

Yet another case of ‘lost in translation.’

VP Leni Robredo Marked Herself Safe In Zamboanga Bridge Collapse

431C073A-51E4-4F28-B744-C7D8B4D07CB4QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It looked like her but it wasn’t her.

Filipinos woke up this morning to the news and video of the collapse of a bridge in Zamboanga City, causing injury to government officials who fell into the sea.

“OMG, it’s Leni,” many Filipinos were heard screaming as they watched the wooden bridge to a housing project collapse in front of their eyes.

But a fact-check made by The Adobo Chronicles has confirmed that Robredo is safe and sound.  The lady in a pink cap wasn’t the Vice President, but the mayor of Zamboanga City.

Robredo’s spokesperson Georgina Hernandez told reporters that it could not have been the Vice President.  “If it were her,  she would have been wearing a yellow, not pink baseball cap,” Hernandez said.

22EBF6A6-D4FF-4532-AD36-F398707BE666Soon after the incident, Robredo logged on to her Facebook account and marked herself ‘safe.’

What are we going to do without Facebook’s safety check?