SEATTLE, Washington (The Adobo Chronicles) – Good publicity or bad publicity is still publicity. And publicity is good for business.
There has been a lot of controversy and social media debate over Starbuck’s decision to redesign their Christmas (okay, okay, ‘Holiday’) cups to just plain red without the usual holiday-themed designs of previous years.
Many individuals were offended by the new design, accusing Starbucks of taking “Christ” away from “Christmas.”
Well, it now appears that the complainants are stockholders of Starbucks who wanted to boost the coffee company’s holiday season business. In recent years, Starbucks has come under serious competition from other coffee companies, resulting in the decline of its stock value.
The complainants were hoping that by “creating” a controversy, coffee lovers would empathize with Starbucks and bring their business to the Seattle-based company.
The Adobo Chronicles could not independently confirm the identity of the Starbucks stockholders who masterminded this red cup controversy. We’re working on it.
Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Christmas, especially for Filipinos, is a time for giving, compassion and goodwill. So what did jailed Philippine Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla get for Christmas?
The three senators are facing plunder and graft charges for their alleged involvement in the purported diversion of their Priority Development Assistance Funds (more popularly known as the pork barrel scam) to ghost projects for kickbacks under the scheme of alleged mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.
Revilla, who from the beginning of his incarceration has complained about prison food, was treated to a Christmas eve dinner (Noche Buena), courtesy of Via Mare, one of the top caterers in the country.
Estrada, who has been experiencing migraines because of the heat inside his prison cell, was given a portable airconditioner courtesy of Hitachi Corporation.
Enrile, known for his womanizing, was granted visitation rights from his mistresses or anyone of his choosing, at his hospital suite. Enrile is under hospital arrest at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital.
In addition, Revilla and Estrada held a joint Christmas party at the community social hall at the PNP Custodial Center.
All these Christmas perks were, of course, courtesy of President NoyNoy Aquino, a devout Catholic, who wanted to show his humanitarian and Christian qualities.
As for Janet Lim-Napoles, she reportedly received a laptop and free Internet connection so that she could watch and re-watch the YouTube video of her daughter Jeanne Napoles’ 21st Hollywood birthday bash.
Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s Labor Day, and most Americans are enjoying their three-day weekend, heading to the beach, visiting with family or firing up their backyard barbecue grills.
How is this holiday observed in the Philippines, a former colony of the U.S. ?
Well, first of all, it is not a non-working holiday in the Philippines. It’s not a holiday, period. Outside of the U.S., including the Philippines, Labor Day is observed on May 1st (May Day) and is known locally as Araw Ng Manggagawa (Day of Workers).
But holiday or not, September 1st is oberved big time in the Philippines. Filipinos joyously welcome the start of the “ber” months – September, October, November, December. Here’s how this day is observed:
Local radio stations start playing Christmas songs
Malls start putting up their Christmas decoration
Households start putting up their artificial Christmas trees
Newspapers start carrying ads for Christmas sales
Employees start maxing out their credit cards in anticipation of their Christmas bonus (more popularly known as ’13th month pay’)
Politicians hand out little red envelopes with a few pesos in them to greet their constituents, or really, buy their votes for the next election.
Government employees start selling home-made holiday treats to their co-workers (fruit cake, empanadas, espasol and other local delicacies)
Filipino expatriates in the U.S. and elsewhere start shipping Balikbayan boxes to their loved ones at home, packed with used clothing, cans of corned beef and SPAM bought from Costco, Dove soap, boxes of Marlboro cigarettes, designer cologne and perfume, among others.
The Philippines Department of Tourism’s meme, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines,” is alive and well!