Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Garlic, a common ingredient in Filipino cooking, has all but disappeared from markets and other retail outlets in the past few weeks. Where there is limited supply, prices have more than doubled or tripled to three hundred pesos (about $7) per kilogram for the imported variety and one hundred eighty pesos for local produce.
The garlic shortage and price hikes have prompted the Philippine Agriculture Department to ration the all-important commodity and flood the markets with its limited inventory.
But that is not the big news.
Filipinos from all over the country have reported an unusual increase in sightings of vampires. Garlic is known to be the most effective defense against vampires. Most Filipino homes put up garlic braids in windows and doors to repel vampires.
Meanwhile, the city of Gilroy in California, has offered to ship several tons of garlic to the Philippines to help ease the shortage and price hikes. Gilroy is the garlic capital of the United States. The city is currently gearing up for the annual garlic festival scheduled for July.
Gilroy, California – Organizers of the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival revealed today that of the three lead actors of the “Twilight” film series invited to grace the event, only Taylor Lautner will be making an appearance. The other two actors, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, have declined the invitation.
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is the world’s largest such event participated in by hundreds of food vendors with booths featuring the best garlic recipes. This year’s festival is scheduled for July 26-28. Gilroy, a city located 78 miles south of San Francisco, is one of the largest, if not the largest garlic producer in the U.S. The festival is designed to showcase the city’s booming garlic industry.
Festival organizers said that Stewart and Pattinson apologized for declining the invitation, citing garlic as the reason for their inability to attend. Both actors said that since they started acting in the “Twilight” series, they have developed a phobia for garlic. “We just can’t imagine being in an environment full of garlic,” the pair said. It is common knowledge in many cultures that garlic is used to drive away vampires. Stewart and Pattinson play vampires in the film series. Organizers said that Taylor Lautner, who plays a werewolf in the films, was gracious enough to accept the personal appearance invitation, despite the non-appearance of his co-stars.