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World leaders attending the APEC summit in Manila
World leaders attending the APEC summit in Manila

Local and foreign airlines, including private aircraft and chartered planes, lost an estimated $2 billion in revenues following the cancelation of over 1,000 flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from Nov. 16 to 20. An airline industry expert said the most affected were the budget airlines.

As the APEC meeting comes to a close, experts are trying to fully assess its impact on the Philippine economy, beyond what was already reported about workers losing about a week’s worth of compensation, students missing several days of learning in class, and the widespread effect of road closures on the masses of people.  It cost the Philippine government some $10 Billion to put up the show and host the meeting.

Realizing what they had done to the Philippine economy, APEC leaders have unanimously approved a resolution renaming APEC to APAEC:

Asia Pacific Anti-Economic Cooperation.


Levi's Stadium at night - Screen grab (NBC Bay Area)
Screen grab (NBC Bay Area)

SANTA CLARA, California (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – In an investigative report that  recently aired on NBC Bay Area, commercial pilots are claiming that the lights from Levi’s Stadium during evening games are posing a serious threat to airline safety for planes landing at nearby San Jose Mineta International Airport. Pilots describe the stadium lights as so ‘blinding’ they can’t see the airport runway.

Reacting to the report, the City and County of Santa Clara has banned all evening football games or concerts  at Levi’s Stadium, citing airline safety.

For 49er fans, this would be the end of Monday Night Football as we know it.

Santa Clara has allowed one exception to the ban, however, since Levi’s Stadium is host to the 2016 Superbowl. On that Sunday, commercial airlines will be banned from landing at the Mineta aiport between 5pm and midnight.

Passengers scheduled to arrive February 7 at that time in San Jose are advised to contact their airlines.

This may go down in history as the worst planning ever for a U.S. football stadium.


balikbayan-box-shippingHONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Starting April 1 this year, Filipinos returning to or going on a holiday to the Philippines will no longer be able to bring balikbayan boxes on board international flights to Manila, Cebu and other destinations in the country.

Balikbayan boxes are those corrugated cardboard boxes that Filipinos pack with tax-free goods to bring back to loved ones in the Philippines. The goods range from designer shoes and clothing to cartons of canned foods, cigarettes and toiletries — mostly purchased from big box stores like Costco and Walmart.

During their annual convention held last weekend in Honolulu, members of the International Commercial Airline Association (ICAA), agreed to totally ban balikbayan boxes as a way to speed up check-in procedures at airports and to maintain universally-accepted weight limits on their aircraft.

The ICAA said that many of their airline customers have constantly complained about the long check-in lines at airport counters, notably for flights going to the Philippines, because of the large number of balikbayan boxes being checked in by Filipino passengers.  The long lines have caused many passengers to miss their flights.

The ICAA also said that flights to the Philippines are always up to the load limit for aircraft due to the heavy weight of the balikbayan boxes. Most balikbayan  boxes  exceed the 50-pound limit for checked in baggage. “It compromises airline safety,” an ICAA spokesperson said.

Overseas Filipinos will still be able to send back goods to the Philippines in balikbayan boxes but only through cargo vendors that ship via ocean vessels.  It takes an average of 30-45 days to ship from the U.S. Mainland to the Philippines.