MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – According to a recent report by U.S. News & World Report, the Philippines ranks third in the world among the best countries in which to start a business, beating China and the United States.
As a matter of fact, foreign investors experience the ease of starting one right upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Terminal 3, in which airport business is being conducted in the dark as seen in the photo above.
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (The Adobo Chronicles) – A heterosexual Indiana couple chose to get married on Friday, April 3. Little did they know that the date they chose would fall on Good Friday this year.
It’s a time when the Christian church is in mourning. It is the day that Jesus Christ died on the Cross. It is also a time when church altars are stripped bare, except for a crucifix draped in purple-colored fabric.
The bride and groom, the future Mr. and Mrs. Hoosier, chose bright red as the theme color for their entourage and ceremony. The story gets even weirder.
Just days after Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed legislation giving local businesses the license to deny services to gay men and women if it is in keeping with their religious belief, the Hoosiers lost their wedding florist and cake maker, and it is too late to find a replacement.
Apparently, the Indy Cakes and Flowers is owned and managed by a gay couple. In protest of the new anti-gay law, the couple decided to refuse services to the Hoosiers.
“It is our religious belief that it is morally wrong to treat gay men and women differently as one would treat heterosexuals,” the gay couple said, “so it is our right under the new law to deny services to the Hoosiers. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, but they can go complain to the governor’s office.
The business owners added that with same-sex marriage now legal in many states, they have enough business to keep them going.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – From underwear to nail polish, from wart removal to skin whitening, from the latest teleserye to the next movie box office hopeful, giant billboards as tall as the high-rise buildings and condos line both sides of Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares.
Whether they are an unnecessary distraction for motorists is debatable, given that road traffic is almost always at a stand still anyway. And this, perhaps, is the reason companies and advertisers cough up big bucks to claim their spot in billboard city.
We don’t need a scientific survey to determine which major city is considered the billboard capital of the world. Manila wins the title. Hands down!
Billboards are a sure way to get advertising messages across to their intended audiences in Manila, so much so that even God bought a giant billboard that greets commuters as they enter the city from the North Luzon expressway.
The billboard, painted in black, has this powerful message written in bold, white letters: