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California Wants To End Daylight Saving Time, Daly City Wants To Adopt Filipino Time

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

DALY CITY, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Daylight Saving Time (DST) could be a thing of the past in California, if a bill introduced by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) is approved by the state Legislature.

AB 2496 would keep California on Pacific Standard Time year-round. Chu says there is no evidence DST reduces energy consumpion.

Hawaii and most of Arizona stay on standard time year-round. In the past, some parts of Indiana did not observe DST.

Following the introduction of the proposed bill, Filipinos living in Daly City have launched a petition asking their city council to enact a resolution that would make Filipino time the standard time year-round in this Bay Area city, oftimes referred to as “Little Manila” because of the huge number of Filipino residents.

The petition claims that Filipinos in America are having difficulties and challenges navigating between California time and Philippine time.  There is a 16-hour difference between the two time zones.  With increasing globalization, it just makes sense that we get rid of time differences, not just between the U.S. and the Philippines, but worldwide, the petition concludes.

Filipinos working in call centers and those engaged in business process outsourcing (BPO) operations in the Philippines welcome the Daly City proposal, saying that it would be nice to do business in real time.

(Editor’s note: “Filipino time” in this context does NOT refer to Filipinos being always late to appointments and schedules.)



Serramonte Center, site of the world's largest community center (Google Maps)
Serramonte Center, site of the world’s largest community center (Google Maps)

DALY CITY, California (The Adobo Chronicles ®) – Daly City is about to lay claim to a Guinness record for the world’s largest ethnic-specific community center, and it’s going to be a Filipino community center.

The Daly City Council this week approved the 200,000 square-foot expansion and redevelopment of Serramonte Center, an 895,438 square-foot shopping mall on Highway 280, just south of San Francisco.

The proposed community center, when completed, will have a total area of over 1 Million square feet.  It will house a boxing arena, a basketball court, a 2,000-seat capacity Karaoke bar, and a high-tech theater specifically designed for beauty pageants. Jollibee, the famous Filipino fast food restaurant has won the bid to be the exclusive food place in the center.

The current businesses and occupants of the mall — including giant retailers like Target and Macy’s — have been given a 30-day notice to vacate so that construction of the community center can begin immediately.

Daly City has a population of more than 100,000, with Filipinos accounting for more than a third of the residents.  The city is often referred to as the San Francisco Bay Area’s “Little Manila,” although “little” is considered an understatement.

Informed sources tell The Adobo Chronicles®  that the community center project is funded by private investors, including Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.

It’s more fun in the Philippines, but so are the Filipinos – anywhere they are in the world. Especially in Daly City.


Police sketch of the Filipino Aswang
Police sketch of the Filipino Aswang

Daly City, California – The Daly City Police Department was deluged with calls Friday night from frightened local residents who reported seeing Aswang in their neighborhood. Twitter almost crashed, as did Verizon wireless, due to thousands taking to social media and smart phone texting to warn their friends and relatives about the sighting.

Aswang is a  mythical character  described as an evil creature that preys on fetuses. According to Philippine folklore, the Aswang lives like any other normal human being during the day but transforms into a wicked being at night in its constant search for pregnant women.

Daly City is home to a diverse population of about 100,000 people, a third of whom are Filipino.

After investigating the reports and tracing the origins of the viral tweets and text messages, the Police Department confirmed the sighting.  The Aswang was seen between 9 and 10 pm Friday on NBC’s episode of ‘Grimm,” courtesy of  Lt. Wu, played by Filipino American actor Reggie Lee.