Category Archives: Travel

Malacañang Confirms Duterte In Hong Kong To Seek Treatment For Loopholes

63098FE4-B616-490C-A678-F911943A9570.jpegMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manla Bureau) – Social media and the biased news source Rappler were abuzz with rumors that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has traveled to Hong Kong for the second time in several months to seek medical treatment.

Rapplerette Pia Rañada immediately tweeted what she called Duterte’s “unannounced trip” in what appears to be part of the online news source’s continuing saga of discrediting every move of the President.

Today, Presidential Spokesperson Salvardor Panelo confirmed that indeed, Duterte was in Hong Kong for the weekend not only to celebrate Honeylet Duterte’s birthday but also to seek treatment for Loopholes.

”If Kris Aquino can travel to Singapore to seek medical  tests for what she announced on social media as a diagnosis of Lupus, then the President has all the right to travel to Hong Kong or whatever country he chooses to deal with medical and other conditions,” Panelo said.

(Many have interpreted “Loopholes” to mean the lack of time spent with family due to work, and making up for it.)

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MMDA To Redesign EDSA’s “Footbridge To Heaven”

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Bowing to public pressure and critcism, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced today it will immediately begin reconstruction of the controversial footbridge along EDSA in Kamuning, Quezon City.

The footbridge, dubbed by netizens as “footbridge to heaven” and “stairway to heaven,” had become the butt of jokes because of its unusual steep height, rising from the ground to almost the equivalent of a 6-8 storey building. People have complained that there is no way senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs) can make it up then down the more than 9-meter skyway.

An MMDA spokesperson detailed the design revisions approved by the agency:

  • Construction of an elevator from the ground to the top level of the footbridge
  • Construction of an enclosure for the entire span of the bridge
  • Installation of airconditioning for the bridge enclosure
  • Installation of multi-colored strobe lights inside the enclosure to make for a pleasant journey up and down the footbridge
  • Installation of of 3-D audio visual display upon reaching the top level of the bridge

With these improvements, MMDA is confident that the EDSA-Kamuning footbridge will become popular not only among local pedestrians — seniors and PWDs included — but also tourists from all over the world.

The MMDA spokesperson refused to give The Adobo Chronicles the cost estimates for the improvements to this P10 Million street project.

LTFRB Accredits 2nd Ride-Hailing Company

91F93946-9D4E-48E6-95DC-0BC012B4D302.jpegMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Filipino commuters have been complaining that since Uber bowed out of the ride-hailing business in the Philippines, leaving Grab to be the monopoly, they have experienced difficulties in booking rides, while having to deal with rude drivers, exhorbitant surcharge fees and other problems.

But thanks to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Grab now has some serious competition.  LTRFB  just accredited a second firm, a move that it expects will improve services in the ride-hailing business.

The new firm, owned by a group of Chinese Filipinos, is called Grabé.

The business name seems to ridicule the Grab monopoly which has received a lot of flak for its business practices and customer service.  We have heard customers complain, saying “Grabe ang service, grabe ang presyo, at grabe ang waiting time para makapag-book!” (The service, price and waiting time to book are ridiculous!)

So, for commuters who like to use the ride-hailing serivce, be rest assured that you will have better experience with not just one, but two companies accredited to try their best to earn your business.