BATAC, Ilocos Norte (The Adobo Chronicles, Vigan Bureau) – Many have protested the burial of Ferdinand E. Marcos in the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani, but it is not only the late president’s critics and opponents who have done so. Even Marcos’ loyal followers in the Ilocos have joined in the protests.
Now, many Ilocanos, especially the tourism officials in the province of Ilocos Norte want Marcos’ body back in Batac, where it has been kept in a refrigerated crypt for more than two decades.
Since President Duterte allowed Marcos’ burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City in November last year, tourism arrivals dropped significantly, especially right after the family closed the mausoleum, said Marc Anthony Baldoz, curator of the Marcos museum in Batac.
Only 32,903 visitors were recorded by the Marcos center from January to May this year, compared with the 131,168 visitors it drew for the same period last year, according to the Ilocos Norte tourism office.
So, take heed Marcos’ critics, you have a friend in the Ilocanos!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Malacañang on Friday downplayed China’s naming of five underwater features in the Benham Rise, comparing them to food that have Chinese names but are widely enjoyed by Filipinos.
“Wag natin palakihin yung issue na nagbigay ng pangalan yung Tsina dun sa mga underwater features na yan,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.
“Marami naman talagang pangalan na binigay ang tsina no. Siopao, siomai, ampao, pechay, hototay. Pero lahat naman po yan, eh hindi ibig sabihin na sila’y nang-aangkin,” he added.
Nevertheless, in order to address the concerns of critics, Roque said that President Duterte has ordered the renaming of the five features to Adobo, Pancit, Kare-Kare, Sinigang, and Pinakbet.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines. (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Year after year, event after event, the number of people attending pro-Aquino and anti-Duterte protest rallies has been diminishing. This is a source of major, major disappointment for protest organizers who want to see massive crowds at these events.
Sunday, February 25 marks yet another anniversary of the EDSA People Power that toppled the regime of Ferdinand E. Marcos. Yet again, organizers have been very worried that only a few hundred people will show up.
So, in an effort to save face and to give the illusion that their anti-Duterte stance is alive and kicking, organizers have decided to move this year’s protest venue to Baguio City.
February 25 happens to be the day of the major street parade that is the culminating highlight of the month-long celebration of the city’s Panagbenga Flower Festival. More than half a million people are expected to attend.
Organizers are encouraging anti-Duterte and Yellow minions to go up to Baguio to attend the February 25 celebration.
”We will be taking aerial photos of our protest along Session Road, Baguio’s main thoroughfare. It will be an awesome display of people power,” they said.
Protest attendees are asked to bring a yellow-colored flower to the event — from sunflower to yellow rose. “Let’s paint the town yellow,” they added.