Category Archives: Tourism

Manila Goes 100% Airconditioned!

9898AF70-066A-4878-BFB7-A0EA496726A1MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – May is the hottest month in Manila with an average temperature of 85°F (30°C).  

Thanks to airconditioned taxis and buses, commuteres can comfortably go from one point to another without having to bear extreme heat.

But majority of the population commute by jeepney, those open, military-style, King-of-the-Road mode of transportation.

Leave it to Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada who has implemented a unique program that makes commute within the city 100% airconditioned.  Yes, jeepneys included.

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Adobo Chronicles Exclusive: Buhay Carinderia’s P80 Million Budget Revealed


Montano, left, with Teo

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) chief Cesar Montano broke his silence yesterday on the controversial “Buhay Carinderia” project, tagging resigned tourism secretary Wanda Teo in the project.

Montano claimed Teo, who personally knows Linda Legaspi of Marylindbert International, had referred the project to him for funding.

It was Legaspi who received the P80-million fund and conceptualized Buhay Carinderia, Montano stressed. 

62E403A2-193E-441A-9013-11EF4BD4D71CThe Adobo Chronicles investigative team obtained a copy of the ‘Buhay Carinderia’ project budget which has been forwarded to the Commission on Audit (COA) for review and appropriate action.

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Duterte Orders Closure of Balesin Island

(Photo from website of Balesin Island Resort)

BALESIN ISLAND, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) –  First it was Boracay Island that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered closed for rehabilitation.  Now it’s Balesin Island.

The closure order came just hours after yet another Filipino celebrity wedding was held on the island — that of television host Billy Crawford and model/actress Coleen Garcia.

For tourists and Filipinos unfamiliar with Balesin Island,  it is a tropical island paradise with 7.3 kilometeres of pristine white-sand beaches. It is located off the eastern coast of Luzon in the Philippines.

The island and the unique, members-only, private leisure getway — Alphaland Balesin Island Club —can be reached through a 25-minute plane ride from Manila.

The unique, members-only, private leisure getaway — Alphaland Balesin Island Club

Master-planned by EcoPlan of Miami, Florida, USA, Balesin Island Club was designed with the environment uppermost in mind and to be in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings. Water harvesting, 80% water recycling, a reverse osmosis plant, on-site eco-friendly transportation, organic farming, and alternative sources of energy reduce the amount of waste and ensure sustainable development on this beauty of an island—without scrimping on luxurious, top-notch facilities. The club aims to enhance everything in its environment: the lushness of the large forest sanctuary and the promulgation of the surrounding marine sanctuaries.

Duterte’s closure order had nothing to do with the environment.  Rather, it was closed because it represents the opulence, hypocrisy and arrogance of the Philippines’ top one percent —oligarchs and filthy-rich Filipinos who exploit the country’s natural beauty to cling on to their power and influence.

Sources close to the President said that he is planning to include Balesin Island part of his Administration’s land reform program.

Crawford-Garcia Wedding (Instagram)