Category Archives: Travel

VP Robredo Off To U.S. In Search Of Western VAccines

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo is not one to shy away from any challenge, especially if the result will boost her standing as a potential successor to Rodrigo Duterte.

Robredo is always critical of the Duterte administration’s moves and policies, including those related to the country’s quest for Covid-19 vaccines which has been shaky at best.

Last night, Duterte challenged the VP to go procure vaccines for the Filipinos, saying “Kunin mo basket mo, mamalengke ka sa labas ng bakuna. Bigyan kita ng pera.” (Get your basket, go to the market to buy vaccines. I’ll give you money.)

So this morning, Robredo, with her Louis Vuitton handbag filled with pesos, took the first available flight out to the United States to do just that — buy vaccines from the West.

A spokesperson for the Office of the Vice President told The Adobo Chronicles that Robredo hopes to come back with millions of doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson vaccines. She also intends to make a side trip to the United Kingdom in the hope of procuring more doses of AstraZeneca.

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.