BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Late last year, the Baguio City government approved an ordinance banning cussing in public. Now Barangays in the city want to take the law a step further: they want to ban gossiping and hanging underwear to dry in public view.
But Barangay officials in Upper Quarry clarified that they would only like to ban gossip that’s not juicy. Anyone charged with gossiping must prove in court that the gossip has the elements of intrigue and malice. Otherwise, he or she will be penalized with fine and imprisonment.
Officials of Holy Ghost Barangay, on the other hand, told The Adobo Chronicles that they don’t want to ban all underwear from being hung to dry in public. “We only want to ban bikini-type underwear because they are a threat to the morals of our youth,” a Barangay Councilman said.
So, when in the summer capital of the Philippines, watch your morals. No cussing, no gossiping, and no public display of wet underwear.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the immediate reclamation of Baguio City’s Burnham Lake.
The man-made lagoon, which has been the venue of rental paddle boats for many decades , has been criticized for its murky, oftentimes chocolate-colored water.
Duterte’s order is his first since issuing an Executive Order transfering the approval of reclamation projects to the Office of the President, through the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA),
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told The Adobo Chronicles that immediately after reclamation, the lake will be converted into an ice-skating rink, an idea first conceived by Baguio’s city officials.
When completed, the Burnham Ice Skating Rink is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of tourists.
It will also make Baguio the entertainment park capital of the Philippines. Recently, Baguio’s SM Mall opened Sky Ranch, a carnival park on Luneta Hill, featuring a ferris wheel and other rides.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – The Chicago River in Illinois, U.S.A. literally froze this week as temperatures dipped below zero degrees.
This gave the ever-efficient city officials of Baguio City led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan a brilliant idea: to convert the murky Burnham Lake in this Philippine summer capital into an ice skating rink.
Baguio’s own temperature dipped to 9 degrees this week, sending chills to both residents and visitors who are in town for the opening of the month-long Panagbenga Festival.
The conversion plan involves dredging the man-made lake, refilling it with salt water and installing an underground ice maker.
Many ice skating enthusiasts were elated over the plan, but others, including operators of rental paddle boats in the lake were not happy.
Domogan said the conversion is part of the city government’s overall plan to rehabilitate the city which could eventually lose its tourism industry because of overcrowding, traffic and deterioration of natural parks.
We may soon see the next Filipino Olympic skating champion among our Baguio youth!