BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – It was an experience of a lifetime for many in the United States — a total solar eclipse seen from sea to shining sea.
But this rare phenomenon was also seen in Baguio City, the Philippines’ summer capital. It shocked even the country’s scientists and weather experts as it was totally unexpected.
Just when the final moments of the eclipse came to an end in America, Baguio residents woke up this morning to this fantastic view of the moon casting its shadow over the sun.
It’s truly sunny side up!
BOSTON, Massachusetts (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – In her recent radio program ‘BISErbisyong Leni,’ Philippines Vice President said that during her two-day stay in Boston to help her daughter settle in her apartment, they picked garbage in search of usable items. It is a practice called ‘garbage diving.’ (Robredo’s daughter starts school at Harvard this semester.)
Now, the City of Boston is planning to investigate Robredo for a possible criminal act.
While in general, U.S. courts have ruled that garbage diving is not illegal, it all depends on local ordinances promulgated by cities and states.
Garbage diving is not illegal in Boston EXCEPT when the garbage bins are located inside private property, in which case it would constitute trespassing which is defintely against U.S. Law.
The Boston Police Department is appealing to residents who may have witnessed the Reobredos’ garbage diving to contact its offices. Investigators are now also going through dozens of CCTV tapes looking for evidence that could implicate the VP in the commission of a crime.
Moral of the story: sometimes, it’s best to just shut up!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The iconic jeepney, the military-style mode of public transportation unique to the Philippines will soon be extinct.
The Department of Transportation will start implementing the Jeepney Modernization Program starting next month in two pilot areas — Metro Manila and Baguio City.
In Metro Manila, the dilapidated, smoke-belching jeepneys will be phased out and replaced by modern, evironmentally-friendly vehicles (see design above.) Some units will even feature airconditioning.
In Baguio City, the jeepneys will be replaced by gas-free units featuring bright-colored hair (see photo above.)
If successful, the program will be rolled out in other major cities and towns in the Philippines.
Oh what fun it is to ride…