On Her 91st Birthday, Imelda Marcos Feted With New Name For Manila International Airport

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A recent Philippine Congressional proposal to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been met with mixed reaction from the Filipinos.

While many agree that the name change is long overdue, others have criticized the proposed new name — a mouthful and tongue-twister, “Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.” “It should just revert to its original name of ‘Manila International Airport,’ “ they say.

To end the controversy once and for all, President Rodrigo Duterte issued an Executive Order renaming NAIA to “Imelda R. Marcos International Airport.” It is effective July 2, the 91st birthday of the former Philippine First Lady.

End of story. No “IFs or Buts.”

Adobo Chronicles’ Exclusive Interview With Maria Ressa. In Tagalog

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler CEO Maria Ressa has been making the rounds of the international news media circuit giving interviews left and right, but for the very first time, she agreed to sit down with The Adobo Chronicles for a one-on-one, no-holds-barred interview. In Tagalog.

Here’s a transcript of that interview:

AC: Bakit mo nasabing patay ang demokrasya sa Pilipinas?

Ressa: Well, it’s very obvious that…

AC: Tagalog po.

Ressa: Ay, sorry. Mula noong umupow si Dutertey bilang President,  wala nang Freedom of the Press. Ano ba sa Tagalog ang Freedom of the Press?

AC: Sa konteksto ng Rappler? “Kalayaan sa Tsismis.”

Ressa: Salamat. Yes, wala nang Kalayaan sa Tsismis.  In addition… ano ba sa Tagalog ang “weaponize?”

AC: Ginagawang sandata.

Ressa: Salamat. Ginagawang sandata ng government ang batas upang i-silence and Rappler.

AC: Paano mo  nasabi yan? Eh, hindi naman sinara ng pamahalaan ang Rappler, di ba?

Ressa: Uh-oh, pero kung anu-anong case ang fi-nile nila laban sa akin.

AC: Kagaya ng?

Ressa: Ano ba ang “tax evasion” sa Tagalog?

AC: Pag-iwas sa pagbayad ng buwis.

Ressa:  Iyon! And, ano ba sa Tagalog ang “violation of the Constitution?”

AC: Paglabag sa Saligang Batas.

Ressa: Eksaktamento! Tapos, meron pang cyber libel. Paano sabihin yon sa Tagalog?

AC: Sinungaling.

Ressa: Puwede ba, mag-meryenda na lang tayo?

AC: Careful… oh, sorry, ingat, baka kasuhan ka ni Leni Robredo.

Ressa: For what?

AC: Ano ba ang Tagalog ng “plagiarism?”


Senator Risa Hontiveros’ Counter Proposal To Rename NAIA

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The proposed bill to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has received a lot of pushback from many Filipinos.

Representatives Paolo Duterte, Lord Allan Velasco and Eric Yap want NAIA to be renamed Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.  Many are opposed to the proposed new name because it is difficult to spell, pronounce and remember, especially for the hundreds of international pilots that will have to communicate with the air control tower as well as non Tagalog-speaking tourists and visitors to the Philippines.

Enter Senator Risa Hontiveros who proposed an alternate name that she says will be very easy to remember: MARIA.

It stands for Maria Angelita Ressa International Airport, named after the notorious Filipino American journalist, Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ and self-proclaimed vanguard of Press Freedom.

“Honoring Ressa will show our country’s commitment to uphold Freedom of Speech while recognizing the Rappler CEO’s protracted battle against any curtailment of the rights of the Fourth Estate,” Hontiveros said.

Ready for landing in Manila? Fasten your seatbelts. We’re now approaching MARIA!

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