MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The rumor mill has been running nonstop in the last week or so in the Philippines, fueled by the eerie silence of President NoyNoy Aquino over two significant national developments in his country — the massacre of farmers in Kidapawan seeking food from the government and the tragedy in Basilan where 18 soldiers were killed in an encounter with the rebel forces.
The latest rumor is that Aquino has left Malacañang (the presidential palace) and is enroute to Hawaii for a self-imposed exile. It seems like a repeat of the Marcos family exile to Honolulu after the late president was deposed by the People Power revolution.
Aquino may himself have given the clue about his exile when he told a group of women in media last week, after a state luncheon for visiting Prince Albert II of Monaco, that he has “started packing.”
Aquino’s 6-year-term ends at noon on June 30 when the new president to be elected on May 9, takes office.
Pundits have speculated that Aquino chose exile to escape possible charges and imprisonment for plunder, graft and corruption resulting from fund scandals during his administration.
Ironically, Aquino is will reportedly stay in the same house on Makiki Heights Drive in Honolulu, occupied by the Marcoses during their Hawaii exile.
HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Aloha! Welcome to paradise, where everything is laid back and there are not that many rules to follow. Or rules that confuse you.
But tourists as well as Hawaii residents have recently discovered that they can actually get a citation just for following the rules.
Anywhere in the world, pedestrians of all persuasions and nationalities understand basic signs like traffic lights. They know when to cross or not to when the lights tell them so. Some more sophisticasted traffic lights don’t only say “walk” or “don’t walk” but also warn the pedestrians that they have a certain number of seconds left to complete their walk to the other side of the street.
Apparently, the Honolulu Police Department has a different take on the traffic lights. The countdown which is meant to warn pedestrians how many seconds they have left to complete their crossing does not mean anything. Anyone who steps off the sidewalk when the countdown begins gets a citation.
So, when in Hawaii, know when to walk or not to walk.
HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Hawaii’s state legislature today unanimously approved a bill renaming the famed “Chinaman’s Hat” on Oahu to “Pinoy Salakot.” The measure is expected to be immediately signed by Governor David Ige.
“Chinaman’s Hat” or Mokoliʻi, is a 12.5-acre basalt islet in Kāneʻohe Bay, Hawaii. Mokoliʻi is part of Kualoa Regional Park and located 1⁄3 mile offshore of Kualoa Point, Oahu.
Many Asian American groups have long protested the use of the name “Chinaman’s Hat” because it is a derogatory term that used to refer to Chinese railroad workers in America.
After years of searching for a replacement name, the state legislature finally found one that is most appropriate and is not derogatory. In fact, it is a term that elicits great pride among Filipinos, especially those living on the islands.
Henceforth, the island will be named “Pinoy Salakot.”
“Salakot” is an indigenous wide-brimmed conical hat used by Filipinos for centuries and even up to this day. It comes in different variations and is usually made from rattan or dried leaves of local trees.