BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Up to two million people are expected to take to the streets on Saturday, February 25 — the day the Philippines commemorates the anniversary of EDSA People Power. It was that fateful day 31 years ago that President Ferdinand E. Marcos was ousted through what is being billed a peaceful revolution.
All roads will lead not to EDSA, but to Baguio City, the country’s summer capital, for this weekend’s culmination of the month-long annual Panagbenga Flower Festival.
One of the iconic photos of EDSA 1 was that of a nun offering a single flower to army personnel on a tank.
This year, in Baguio, it will not be one 🌺 flower, but thousands.
SURIGAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday pledged P2 billion worth of aid to the survivors of a lethal earthquake in Surigao del Norte.
Duterte made the announcement in a speech before residents of Surigao City, one of the worst-hit areas of the magnitude 6.7 tremor.
The President said the distribution of relief aid in the poverty-stricken province encountered slight delays due to difficulties in getting aircraft as well as damaged infrastructure, particularly Surigao City airport’s runway.
The earthquake that rocked the city on Friday left 6 residents dead and over 100 others injured.
Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo is set to visit the quake-stricken city early this week. Her camp said the team just conducted a ground assessment before her visit.
Her camp wants to make sure the ground in Surigao is stable and that there will be no aftershocks during the VP’s visit. Apparently, the VP has a phobia of earthquakes or any form of ground-shaking.
There are rumors that she has asked FilAm millionaire Loida Nicolas-Lewis to match the P2 billion aid authorized by Duterte. Will Nicolas-Lewis put her money where her mouth is?