BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – What used to be a P160 cost for a soft broom (walis tambo) is now P800 at the Baguio City Public Market.
The sudden, 500% price increase for this popular souvenir and essential household cleaning item in the summer capital of the Philippines was brought about by yesterday’s siege on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump protesters.
In one of the photos that went viral, a protester is seen holding up what seemed to be a broom that may have originated in Baguio. The photo greatly increased the demand for the item not only in the U.S. but even in the Philippines where it is made.
It’s the law of supply and demand that seems to be at work here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Filipinos looking to visit the United States after the coronavirus pandemic period will no longer need an entry visa, thanks to a proposal reportedly being considered by the incoming Biden administration.
A spokesperson for the President-elect said that the proposal is in recognition of the great service rendered by Filipino nurses and other healthcare workers to Americans amid the Covid-19 crisis. “They are our heroes and it is but proper to reward them for their life-saving work,” he said.
For the longest time, Filipino citizens needed a visa to enter the U.S., despite the fact that U.S. citizens enjoy a visa-free entry into the Philippines as long as they stay for no more than 30 days.
A draft of the proposal obtained by The Adobo Chronicles states that Filipino citizens will no longer be required to have a visa to visit the U.S. as long as they have a Mastercard. American Express will not be honored so Filipino tourists can leave home without it.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – In Baguio City, the Philippines’ Summer Capital, front liners, including police officers, are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) at all times.
The city is known for the discipline of its citizens particularly in following mandated health protocols aimed at curbing the further spread of the coronavirus.
As seen in the photo, taken along the city’s main thoroughfare, Session Road which is closed to vehicular traffic on Sundays, police officers wear their PPEs with pride: face mask, face shield, hand gloves and g-string.