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Adobo Chronicles Launches Project: Hashtag MIA

D2BC535C-9D19-4BAB-B800-5C4B26134412MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There continues to be an increasing demand for the Philippine government to change back the name of Manila’s premiere airport from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to the original Manila International Airport (MIA),

Netizens have pointed out that it was a mistake in the first place to name the airport after  a “no-hero.”

Many others have said that NAIA has always been associated with negative references including ‘one of the world’s airports’ to ‘the best and hottest sauna,’ for its frequent airconditioning woes.  This is not to mention notorious schemes including the ‘laglag bala,’ and disappearing contents of passenger luggage and balkibayan boxes.

Even passengers, flight attendants, pilots and Tower Control staff have repeatedly complained that ‘NAIA’ is hard to say, and ‘Ninoy Aquino International Airport’ is quite a mouthful.  They say that ‘MIA’ and ‘Manila International Airport’ have a nice sound to it.

So, to help in finally realizing netizen aspirations to see their MIA back, the Adobo Chronicles has just launched a public service project called ‘Hashtag MIA.’

The project costs nothing, easy to participate in, and could just be the movement that will convince the government to bring back the glory days of the Manila International Airport.

It’s simple enough:  each time netizens post something that has some reference to NAIA, all they need to do is to replace ‘NAIA’ with #MIA (hashtag MIA) to bring home the point.

If the hasthtag goes viral, it may catch the attention of our decision makers who will hopefully ditch NAIA in favor of MIA!

You can start participating now by typing #MIA in the comments section.

 

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REVEALED: The New, Improved Manila International Airport (MIA)

5714EE63-F72C-440F-A089-60EDD5407F4AExclusive to The Adobo Chronicles

PART 1

What a relief! At long last, domestic and international passengers as well as airline pilots and those in the Control Tower don’t have to struggle with the hard-to-say NAIA.  It’s back to MIA — the Manila International Airport.

And that’s just for starters.

My Point-to-Point (P2P) bus from the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City arrives at the refurbished curb just outside Terminal 1.  The curb is painted blue, indicating a buses-only drop off point.  There wasn’t any queue of buses.  Disembarking from the bus was swift, with young, good-looking and well-dressed porters helping us unload our  luggage.  We say ‘thank you’ to the porters and hand each one of them a P10 bill.  They respectfully decline the money but only nodded with a smile saying, ‘you’re welcome po.’

We are surprised to see there isn’t any line to enter the terminal building.  A sliding glass door automatically opens and two lady security guards with their shiny black hair worn in a bun, greet us with ‘Mabuhay! Welcome to MIA.’  They ask to see our passports and travel itinerary then point us to an X-ray machine.  

Two very courteous men in red vests help us load our luggage into the X-ray machine conveyor and gesture for us to proceed to the metal detector.  Soon as we cross over to the other side of the security booth, another two men in red vests help us unload our luggage from the X-ray machine.  They politely ask what airline we’re flying, then point us in the direction of our designated counter.

We arrived early so our designated counter hasn’t yet opened.  So we proceed to one of several waiting lounges across from our designated airline counters.  There were plenty of brightly-colored, comfortable cushioned seats, each equipped with a charging station.  We take our seats and plug in our smart phones.  Next to our row of seats, there is a blue stand-up sign that reads “Free wi-fi, courtesy of MIA.”  We log in using our iPads and voila, we are instantly connected to the world of the Internet.

I need a bio break and so I proceed to one of several gender-neutral restrooms. The restroom is sparkling clean, nicely lighted with purple and yellow pin bulbs.  They light a framed picture of the Palawan Underground River, placed just above a ceramic vase with fresh and scented red and white carnations.

After doing my bio business, I come back to the waiting lounge just in time for the opening of our designated airline counters.  Passengers line up in the clearly-marked stanchioned lines.  There isn’t a long wait at all as airline staff process each check-in passenger with great dispatch and bright smiles.

Our queue is even shorter because we had checked in online and already have our pre-printed boarding passes.

We are then pointed towards the security gates where we are met with very polite men and women dressed in well-pressed barongs and wearing IDs that indicate their names in big bold letters.

An alarm or two goes off as a few passengers in front of us pass through the security booth.  The passengers are led to a private area behind a black curtain and are patted off quickly before being cleared to proceed to their designated departure gates. No ‘laglag bala.’

Huge and well-lighted directional signs lead us to our departure gate.  There are people movers in the center of the hallway although we choose to walk it to our gate. But we could see the happy faces of other passengers thankful for the added convenience.

Our short stay in the departure gate lounge is uneventful. Airline staff roam the area to make sure everything is in order.  They ask us if everything is okay.  We respond: ‘not just okay, but A-okay!’

Then boarding begins, and our pleasurable encounter with MIA comes to an end.

(NEXT UP:  Part 2, Arriving in MIA)

Dateline San Francisco: Trillanes on NAIA, MIA, Kadamay and His Own Legacy

B252AFBB-5F8D-48E5-882C-66C1D9004E48SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) –  The Adobo Chronicles ran into Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes at Fisherman’s Wharf in the City by the Bay and we asked to sit down with him for an ambush interview at a nearby, nondescript coffee shop.  We wanted to get his take on the recent Senate hearing called by his colleague Grace Poe regarding the NAIA handling of the Xiamen plane derailment.

NAIA, of course, stands of Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Many Filipinos have demanded that it be renamed Manila International Airport (MIA).

Here’s a transcript of our interview with Trillanes:

AC: It’s good to see you in San Francisco, Mr. Senator.  What brings you here?

TRILLANES: Just bamming around — I mean bumming around — trying to feel the pulse of San Franciscans on issues important to their city. I hope to learn new things that we ourselves can pursue in the Philippines.

AC: You’re here on government dime?

TRILLANES: Yes.  It’s actually an official trip… in aid of legislation.

AC: Let’s talk about the recent Senate hearing on the Xiamen plane incident at NAIA.   How is that “in aid of legislation?”

TRILLANES: You didn’t hear this from me…but I think it is Grace Poe’s idea of “in aid of reelection.”

AC: NAIA’s reputation seems to have been tarnished for many years now: laglag bala, airconditioners not working, roof leaking and collapsing, long queues everywhere, overcrowding and flight delays, missing items from passengers’ luggages and balikbayan boxes upon reaching baggage claim, and now this Xiamen plane incident.  Is there hope for NAIA to recover from being constantly named one of the worst airports in the world?

TRILLANES: Between you and me, I think we should totally abandon NAIA and build a new airport in Manila, not in Pasay City.  I think we can reclaim parts of Manila Bay next to the existing Mall of Asia (MOA).  Then we can call it Manila International Airport or MIA.  Wouldn’t  it be cool to have MIA at MOA?

AC: So what do you propose we do with the soon-to-be-extinct NAIA?

TRILLANES: It could be put to good use.  Let’s convert it into high-end housing projects and distribute the units to members of Kadamay.  Now, don’t you think that’s a brilliant idea?  We’re solving two problems at the same time — building a world-class airport and solving our housing crisis.

AC: Would you still name the housing project after Ninoy?

TRILLANES: Of course not.  What did Ninoy do to deserve any project named after him?  Well, since it’s my bright idea, I would name it after me — ATKHP or Antonio Trillanes Kadamay Housing Project.  And since my term as Senator is almost up, I wouldn’t mind being named the Administrator of this new project.

AC: What a legacy this would be from your fine and dedicated service to the country — both as coup plotter and Senator.

TRILLANES: I like your take on things, Adobo — not unlike that fake news company Rappler.

(At this point, the operator of a passing San Francisco Cable car rang his bell.  It also marked the end of our interview with the Senator)