Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It was considered the ‘Wedding of the Century’ by Philippines standards, and although the country is not a monarchy, the media repeatedly referred to it as a ‘Royal Wedding.’
On December 30, Filipino actor Dingdong Dantes married actress Marian Rivera. Extravagance was written all over the ceremony and the reception. President NoyNoy Aquino stood as Best Man at a church wedding officiated by eight bishops and seven priests. The bride looked queenly in a Two Million-peso gown, emerging from a fully-refurbished antique Mercedes Benz.
Then came the wedding reception at the Mall of Asia. The banquet hall reminded guests of an Olympic Games opening ceremony. The menu was a five-course meal, and the cake…. the cake was 12 feet tall, reportedly costing Seven Million Pesos.
Dantes delivered on all his promises to the bride about the wedding, except for …the cake. Dantes promised that their wedding cake would break the Guinness World Record, but it didn’t . In fact, not even close.
The world’s largest wedding cake on record weighed 6.818 tonnes (15,032 lb) and was made by chefs at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA and displayed at their New England bridal showcase on 8 February 2004.
And so, the bride was fuming mad at the groom.
The ‘fairy tale’ wedding thus ended in the first ‘royal argument’ minutes after the reception.
Hollywood, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – New York-born Hollywood actor Vin Diesel, famous for his role in the movie ‘Fast & Furious,’ was denied a U.S. visa, according to reliable sources at the U.S. Embassy in Manila.
Diesel recently made headlines when his application for Philippine citizenship was approved. He had purchased a beachside property in Boracay, Central Philippines, a white sandy beach resort town considered one of the best in the world. Becoming a Filiipino citizen made him eligible to buy property in the island nation (Non-citizens cannot own real estate property in the Philippines).
When it was time to return to America to work on his current film projects, Diesel had to apply for a U.S. visa at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. While the Philippines recognizes dual citizenship, the U.S. does not. Unfortunately, Diesel’s visa application had been denied.
The Hollywood actor now joins the ranks of thousands upon thousands of Filipinos who could not get visas to travel to the United States.
Well, at least he has a prime beach property to his name. Perhaps his ongoing movie projects can be filmed entirely in Boracay?
Diesel’s latest completed film project, ‘Furious 7’ is set to be released in the U.S. on April 7, 2015.
Sacramento, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Balut-loving Filipinos and others are in for some bad news effective January 1, 2015. Balut prices will increase 100%.
Balut is a duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell. It is commonly sold as street food in the Philippines and other countries in Southeast Asia, such as Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. It is widely available at Asian supermarkets in California and other states in the U.S.
The culprit in the price hike is California’s Proposition 2, or the Standards for Confining Farm Animals, which was passed by voters in 2008 and which takes into effect January 1, 2015.
Proposition 2 created a new state statute that prohibits the confinement of farm animals -especially chicken and duck – in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs.
Duck raisers in California had to expand their farms and cages to comply with the new law, costing them an arm and a leg, and then some, to maintain their business.
“We have no choice but increase our balut prices in order to recover our additional investments,” said one duck raiser and balut supplier.
So balut lovers should be prepared to pay an average price of $6 per egg beginning in 2015. In Philippine pesos, that’s P260!