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Trudeau in a barong tagalog (Photo: REUTERS/Edgar Su)
Trudeau in a barong tagalog (Photo: REUTERS/Edgar Su)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Move over, AlDub. Make way for a new Pinoy (Filipino) rock star and idol.  His name is Justin Trudeau. Yes, the same Justin Trudeau who is prime minister of Canada.

The young world leader wowed Filipinos — women and men — with his youthful good looks during his Manila visit to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.  He was mobbed by adoring fans wherever he went, and his photograph wearing the traditional Filipino men’s attire, the barong tagalog, put the Philippines’ top models to shame, literally.

One of the country’s top film production companies, Viva Films, has reportedly offered Trudeau an exclusive contract to appear in at least three Filipino movies in 2016 — opposite actress, TV host and presidential sister Kris Aquino.

The first film is about a woman (Aquino) who falls madly in love with a visiting foreigner who happens to be a married man (Trudeau).

The prime minister is reportedly seriously considering the offer.





Kris Aquino's Instagram post of herself
Kris Aquino’s Instagram post of herself

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Television talk show host and presidential sister Kris Aquino used her social media account today to complain about her hosting duties during the just-ended Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting in Manila.

Aquino and her three other sisters were assigned to host the spouses of the world leaders attending the summit in a noontime tour of Manila’s historical sites, including Intramuros, the walled city. Such duty is usually  performed by the APEC host country’s First Lady, but the Philippine president is a bachelor so the task fell into the hands of his sisters.

Posting a photo of herself with just a towel wrapped around her upper torso, Aquino revealed her sunburn resulting from exposure to the scorching tropical Manila sun.

In her post, she likened her sunburn condition to the plight of thousands of Filipino commuters who had to walk many miles under the sun for many days because of the closure of avenues and streets to vehicular traffic (including public transport buses and jeepneys) during the APEC summit. “Quits na tayo,” she told the commuters, a colloquial Filipino phrase that translates into “We’re even, fair and square.”

Aquino told The Adobo Chronicles that she learned a very important lesson as a result of her APEC hosting duties — to always remember to apply sunscreen with at least SPF 50.




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.