Manila, Philippines – Tenderloin inasal (grilled beef tenderloin marinated in lemongrass and turmeric) and pili-crusted lapu-lapu (grouper) were on the menu at the state dinner for US President Barack Obama who is visiting the Philippines as part of his Asia tour. Completing the menu were salad of pako (edible fern), pochero-style seafood soup, and dessert of refreshing coconut sorbet.
Asked by The Adobo Chronicles what he thought of the dinner menu, Obama said he was extremely disappointed. He said he was expecting to be served balut, the famous boiled duck egg (embryo) and halo-halo, a more elaborate version of his favorite Hawaiian shaved ice.
Obama said he might sneak out of the Malacañang (Philippine Peesidential Palace) guest house later tonight to get some balut and halo-halo from street vendors stationed nearby.
Perth, Australia (The Adobo Chronicles) – Since day one of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, CNN has been in the forefront of the 24-hour news coverage of the massive search operations for the ill-fated Boeing 777 jetliner.
The Atlanta-based news cable network has scoured the four corners of the world in search of experts and pundits who provided top-rate analysis and speculation on what happened to MH370. Its anchors had employed never-before-tried techniques in news analysis, including the use of toy planes to enhance its coverage. It has left no stone unturned in exploring every possible scenario including the plane’s possible abduction by some “higher power.”
After almost two months, nothing has turned up in the massive search participated in by many countries. The latest operations to search the ocean floor is 95% complete and it is now uncertain whether or not the whole search operations will be called off.
But CNN is not about to give up. In fact, the network has announced that it is taking over the search for the missing plane. “We are committed and extremely passionate about finding the plane and we will use all the equipment and resources available to us,” a CNN spokesperson said. “We are confident we will find the plane and we will continue to devote as much airtime as we possibly could in our ongoing news coverage of MH370,” he added.
For 24-hour coverage of the CNN search for MH370, check your local TV listings or google CNN-Missing Plane.
Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – SM, the Philippines’ leader in the retail industry, announced today that it was converting some of its department stores into PX Goods Centers. PX stands for Post Exchange which is basically the military department store. It sold goods that the average local store didn’t have. Servicemen would bring their native girlfriends or wives shopping on base. PX goods were extremely popular during the tenure of U.S. Military bases in the Philippines.
Now, as the Philippines and the United States prepare to sign a new 10-year agreement allowing renewed American military presence in this Southeast Asian country, SM said it would start converting some of its major stores into PX centers, starting with cities in which there are (or have been) military bases. These include the former Clark Airforce Base in Angeles City, Subic Naval Base in Olongapo City and John Hay Airforce Base in Baguio City. SM said it will also convert some of its department stores in the Visayas and Mindanao.
Filipino Americans hailed the SM announcement saying that this will eliminate the need to include such American goods like SPAM, Libby’s Corned Beef, Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee and Dove soap in balikbayan boxes they regularly ship to loved ones in the Philippines.