Category Archives: Science and Environment

Philippines Department Of Transportation Will Implement Jeepney Modernization Program Next Month

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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…

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Torre de Legazpi To Rise Alongside Mayon Volcano

IMG_0834LEGAZPI, Albany (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) –  The Supreme Court on Tuesday junked the petition that sought to demolish the controversial Torre de Manila condominium in Manila, allowing its construction to resume.

Voting 9-6, the high court threw out the plea that the Knights of Rizal filed against the high-rise in September 2014, calling the project a “sore thumb” that would ruin the sight line of the Rizal Monument, a national landmark.

The Court also lifted the temporary restraining order it had issued in June 2015 halting construction of the 49-story building on Taft Avenue, a DM Consunji Inc. (DMCI) project.

The high court dismissed the petition “for the reasons that: (1) the Court has no jurisdiction over the subject matter; (2) the petitioners have no standing to sue; and (3) they stand to suffer no injury,” said Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te.

‘Furthermore, the Court also found that there is no law that prohibits the construction of the challenged Torre de Manila,” he said in a briefing.

In its petition, the Knights had argued that the building “would forever ruin the sightline of the Rizal Monument in Luneta Park.”

Encouraged by the decision of the Supreme Court, DMCI Today announced that it will soon begin construction of a similar condominium project in Legazpi, Albay, alongside Mt. Mayon, the world’s most perfect cone volcano.

DMCI said it will construct the condominium building using the most modern technology that would make the building withstand any natural calamity like earthquakes, hurricanes or a volcano eruption.

The Mayon project will be pre-selling soon.

Coming Soon To The Philippines: Plant-Based Lechon And Crispy Pata

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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In the Philippines, no restaurant menu is complete without Crispy Pata (Deep-fried pig knuckles) and no family celebration is without Lechon (Roasted whole pig). The consequences could be hazardous to one’s health, possibly explaining why hypertension and heart disease are quite prevalent among Filipinos.

Well, all this might finally come to an end.

A Washington, D.C.-based firm is upping the ante in the effort to get more people eating plant-based and cell-cultured meat.  Good  Food Institute (GFI) is expanding its operations from the United Sates to the entire world, beginning with China, Brazil and Taiwan.  The Philippines 🇵🇭 may not be far behind.

In anticipation of this animal-less revolution, local forward-looking entrepreneurs are now in talks with GFI for a possible partnership to jumpstart an industry that would produce plant-based Lechon and Crispy Pata.

Researchers at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños have been tapped to explore the use of abundant local plants and vegetables like Kangkong (Spinach), Sayote (Chayote) and Talong (Eggplant) to produce great tasting meat substitutes in the laboratory  to make Lechon and Crispy Pata.  They are also looking at converting flowering plants into Chicharon Bulaklak (Fried Pork Intestines).

Here’s to a healthier, longer-lifespan Philippines!