MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The European Parliament has voted to end visa-free travel for Americans within the EU.
It comes after the US failed to agree to visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania – as part of a reciprocity agreement. US citizens can normally travel to all countries in the bloc without a visa.
The vote urges the revocation of the scheme within two months, meaning Americans will have to apply for extra documents for 12 months after the European Commission implements a “delegated act” to bring the change into effect.
Meanwhile, in the Philippines, lawmakers are set to vote for the revocation of the visa waiver for citizens of the European Union traveling to the island nation. This, after the EU Parliament passed two resolutions that interferes with the internal affairs of the Philippines.
Filipino Senators and Congressmen declared EU as ‘persona non grata’ after it called for the investigation of the alleged extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs and demanding the immediate release of incarcerated Senator Leila De Lima who has been charged with drug-related crimes.
Under current Philippine immigration law, citizens of EU countries can visit the Philippines for up to 30 days without a visa.
If the new law is passed, EU citizens will be forced to never leave home without a visa (in addition to American Express and MasterCard) when traveling to the Philippines 🇵🇭.
LOS ANGELES, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Los Angeles Bureau) – Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo refuses to just sit around waiting for something to happen to the president. She’s been jetsetting.
But who knew Robredo was an accomplished soprano?
On June 17, 2017, the VP will be the guest performer during the Filipino American Symphony Orhestra (FASO)’s gala event to be held at the Edwin & Lani Raquel Residence (formerly the Mary Pickford Estate) in Los Angeles.
FASO is the only Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines.
Dubbed “A Night of Symphony,” the event will be highlighted by the debut performance of a new, comissioned work, “Sa Dulo Ng Laylayan,” to be sung by Robredo.
The Adobo Chronicles has just learned that the event is sold out, and that the only tickets available are those from scalpels, if one can locate them.
Do we hear a “Bravo?”
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The iconic jeepney, the military-style mode of public transportation unique to the Philippines will soon be extinct.
The Department of Transportation will start implementing the Jeepney Modernization Program starting next month in two pilot areas — Metro Manila and Baguio City.
In Metro Manila, the dilapidated, smoke-belching jeepneys will be phased out and replaced by modern, evironmentally-friendly vehicles (see design above.) Some units will even feature airconditioning.
In Baguio City, the jeepneys will be replaced by gas-free units featuring bright-colored hair (see photo above.)
If successful, the program will be rolled out in other major cities and towns in the Philippines.
Oh what fun it is to ride…