Category Archives: Travel

Vice Prez Leni Robredo Declines Interview With BBC’s Stephen Sackur

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Following the Chinese government’s ban on BBC’s broadcasting in the country, HardTalk’s Stephen Sackur has turned to the Philippines for his trademark hard-hitting segments.

Sackur had previously interviewed former Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, both of which turned out to be an embarrassment for the interviewees.

The Adobo Chronicles has learned that Sackur has extended an invitation to Vice President Leni Robredo for an exclusive, one-on-one interview sans prepared statements or coaching from her spokespersons and speechwriters.

But alas, Robredo declined the invitation, but she graciously invited Sackur for a merienda,, or snacks, at the VP Residence at the Boracay Mansion in Quezon City.

Robredo promised to exempt Sackur from all Covid-related travel restrictions imposed by her country’s Inter-agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) for foreign nationals.

Baguio Mayor Magalong Leads Contact Tracing At Controversial Tim Yap Birthday Party

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – It’s only January, but many are already calling Tim Yap’s birthday party at The Manor Hotel in Baguio City the “Party of the Year.” Not to mention being held in the midst of a raging pandemic and the rising new Covid -19 cases in the summer capital of the Philippines.

Wikipedia describes Yap as a Filipino TV and radio host, newspaper editor, creative director, columnist, club owner and eventologist from Manila who also owns several clubs in the Philippines. 

His birthday bash was filled with pomp and pageantry, complete with white horses, buffet dining, drinking and dancing.

Alas, the party has come under fire for alleged violation of health protocols and community quarantine rules set by both the national and local governments. Possible violations include breaching maximum event and venue capacity under Baguio’s Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), face mask/face shield and physical distancing regulations, among others.

Photos also showed famous people in attendance, including KC Concepcion, Sharon Cuneta’s daughter, and no less than the City Mayor himself, Benjie Magalong.

Asked for comment by The Adobo Chronicles, Magalong said he was there for contact tracing purposes.

The Mayor is the Contact Tracing Czar of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

There is speculation that Baguio City, along with the rest of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) could be placed under the stricter General Community Quarantine (GCQ) as early as next week due to the increasing number of new Covid-19 cases.

Harry Roque Will be Banned in Baguio If City Reverts to GCQ

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio City Bureau) – There are indications that the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) which includes Baguio City, could revert to the stricter General Community Quarantine (GCQ) because of, among other things, the rise in new Covid-19 cases.

Sources close to Mayor Benjie Magalang (also the IATF’s Contact Tracing Czar) told The Adobo Chronicles that the city is considering banning Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who claims to be from Baguio,, from visiting the city, should GCQ is reimposed.

The sources said that Roque is known for violating quarantine and health protocol regulations including swimming with dolphins, karaoke singing in Baguio, and delivering a speech before a Cebu crowd that didn’t observe physical distancing.

Mayor Magalong is said to be very uncomfortable having Roque come to Baguio because of said violations, and endanger the health and lives of the city’s residents.