Category Archives: Travel

Entire PH To Be Linked By Bridges; Journalist Karen Davila Asks Finance Secretary The Most Important Question

759ABD3B-3187-499A-AA21-C3C2DBA74B32MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines’ three main islands Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will eventually be all connected, thanks to the government’s plan to build eight new bridges. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said the projects will cost a total of P269.19 billion.

Included in the plan is the building of a 20-kilometer bridge connecting Leyte and Mindanao islands through a long-span overhead or an underwater tunnel.

During a live television interview with Dominguez, veteran TV journalist and anchor Karen Davila asked:  “Will the underwater tunnel be above or below ground?”

Before Dominguez could respond, the news program cut into a commercial.

Davila’s question seems to be a reprise of a 2015 question she asked then MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino if the proposed subway along EDSA would be built above ground or underground.


Electronic Travel Visa Waiver To U.S. Now Available!

6619EBAF-F255-4298-BB42-C76A8814B4DF.jpegWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Wanting to travel to the United States but don’t have a visa?

Certain countries are part of the Visa Waiver Program in which their citizens are not required to obtain a visa to visit the United States for tourism, business, transit, medical and short study purposes for up to 90 days per visit.

Then there’s also a convenient way to secure a visa waiver — electroncally.  It’s called ESTA or Electronic System for Travel Authorization.

Among those eligible for ESTA are Philippians, by virtue of their being Greek citizens who are entitled to the visa waiver.

Philippi, is a hill town of Kavála, Greece, overlooking the coastal plain and the bay at Neapolis.

Now, that’s different than the Philippines, even if its citizens are mistakenly referred to as Philippinos.

Adobo Chronicles Launches Project: Hashtag MIA

D2BC535C-9D19-4BAB-B800-5C4B26134412MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There continues to be an increasing demand for the Philippine government to change back the name of Manila’s premiere airport from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to the original Manila International Airport (MIA),

Netizens have pointed out that it was a mistake in the first place to name the airport after  a “no-hero.”

Many others have said that NAIA has always been associated with negative references including ‘one of the world’s airports’ to ‘the best and hottest sauna,’ for its frequent airconditioning woes.  This is not to mention notorious schemes including the ‘laglag bala,’ and disappearing contents of passenger luggage and balkibayan boxes.

Even passengers, flight attendants, pilots and Tower Control staff have repeatedly complained that ‘NAIA’ is hard to say, and ‘Ninoy Aquino International Airport’ is quite a mouthful.  They say that ‘MIA’ and ‘Manila International Airport’ have a nice sound to it.

So, to help in finally realizing netizen aspirations to see their MIA back, the Adobo Chronicles has just launched a public service project called ‘Hashtag MIA.’

The project costs nothing, easy to participate in, and could just be the movement that will convince the government to bring back the glory days of the Manila International Airport.

It’s simple enough:  each time netizens post something that has some reference to NAIA, all they need to do is to replace ‘NAIA’ with #MIA (hashtag MIA) to bring home the point.

If the hasthtag goes viral, it may catch the attention of our decision makers who will hopefully ditch NAIA in favor of MIA!

You can start participating now by typing #MIA in the comments section.