Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Press Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. has announced that Malacañang (the presidential palace) is declaring a 5-day holiday in the Philippines to give Filipinos the opportunity to witness and enjoy Pope Francis’ visit to this Catholic country on January 15-19, 2015.
In an interview on state-run DZRB over the weekend, Coloma said that declaring a holiday would help authorities manage traffic in Metro Manila more efficiently, especially along thoroughfares where the papal motorcade is expexted to pass.
In the same interview, Coloma said, “Let’s wait for a decision, an official announcement.”
This makes Malacañang’s official spokesperson’s official announcement an unofficial announcement.
Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The whole world knows that Pope Francis has chosen a life of simplicity and austerity, trading the papal mansion for a small apartment at The Vatican which he shares with the clergy, and ditching the stretch limousine in favor of a used Fiat.
The Pope’s scheduled visit to the Philippines next month is no exception. The Vatican has advised the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to keep the Pope’s wishes in mind when making preparations for the papal visit.
Today, CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Buenaventura unveiled the official vehicle that Pope Francis will be riding in when he meets with government officials, church leaders, victims of last year’s devastating typhoon (Yolanda) and millions of adoring Catholic faithful.
Noting that Pope Francis has frowned on the Popemobile used by his predecessors, CBCP said that it has commissioned Sarao Motors, leading manufacturer of Philippine jeepneys, to build a local “Popemobile.” It will be a motorized tricycle, similar to the mode of public transportation used by Filipinos on side streets and within residential subdivisions.
Government and church officials as well as members of the media who were present during the unveiling were one in praising the papal tricyle, saying that it truly represents the simple but colorful life of Filipinos.
“I am sure that Pope Francis will be very pleased to ride in it,” Buenaventura said.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) however, was cautious in praising the local Popemobile because of security concerns. “It’s going to be a big challenge,” the PNP said.
Minneapolis, Minnesota (The Adobo Chronicles) – Republican Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann staged her strongest attack yet against environmentalists who claim that global warming is responsible for the recent weird changes in the world’s weather pattern.
“Global warming is a myth and has no basis in science,” Bachmann said. She used this week’s weather forecast in her home state to debunk claims that the world is getting warmer and warmer.
Acccording to weather forecasts, Minnesota wll experience an entire week beginning Tuesday of below freezing temperatures from below to mid 20’s (freezing temperatures begin at 32 degrees F).
“How can environmentalists claim global warming when right here in my state, we are freezing,” Bachamann said.
Bachmann made the comments as international negotiators gathering in Lima, Peru for climate change talks have agreed on a plan to fight global warming that would for the first time commit all countries to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions.