MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – There were only twenty world leaders who showed up at the welcome rites for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit Meeting Wednesday afternoon. There should have been twenty one. Missing was U.S. President Barack Obama.
In a statement explaining Obama’s absence, a spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Manila said that a schedule conflict prevented the president from attending the opening rites.
The statement said Obama didn’t want to miss seeing the world-famous sunset at Manila Bay, so he stayed in his hotel watching from the balcony (see photo).
”He misses his home state of Hawaii and the Manila Bay sunset reminded him of the equally stunning senset of his native islands,” the statement added.
Well, even presidents are entilted to be homesick.
MANILA, Philipines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – It’s been called the “Great Photobomber.” The 46-storey condominium building in Manila’s Luneta Park has been embroiled in deep controversy because Filipinos say it provides an ugly and unpatriotic backdrop to the monument of their national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
Calls have been made to demolish the project and a corresponding lawsuit has been brought before the Philippines’ Supreme Court.
Today, a Manila legislator, Representative Amado Bagatsing, unveiled his common sense proposal to solve the controversy once and for all, and make everyone happy.
His proposal ? Instead of demolishing the condo building, he recommends that the Rizal monument be tilted about 45 degrees to its left side. By doing so, Bagatsing said that the wide base of the monument will effectively block the unsightly view of Torre De Manila.
Why did it take so long for anyone to come up with this brilliant proposal?
Caballo Island, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – We say again: It’s More Fun in the Philippines.
In the U.S., citizens returning from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa are quarantined in tents and isolated in hospitals. In the Philippines, they are offered a three-week luxury vacation in a resort island just off Manila Bay.
An island hosting a Philippine Navy installation will serve as home for three weeks for 112 Filipino peacekeepers returning from Ebola-stricken Liberia. The members of the Philippine contingent will be quarantined on Caballo Island, located 2.6 miles east of Corregidor, when they return to the country on Nov. 11.
“The peacekeepers will enjoy their stay in that island,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc told reporters at Camp Aguinaldo yesterday. He said the soldiers can go fishing and nature tripping. If they choose to stay indoors, the peacekeepers can surf the Internet or watch their favorite cable channel.
Cabunoc said the island stay is a fitting reward for the Filipino troops who risked their lives to maintain peace in Liberia.
Meanwhile, Philippine Senator Miriam Santiago proposed a new bill designating Caballo Island as a quanrantine island for all corrupt politcians convicted of or facing graft and corruption or plunder charges. “Nothing is a more appropriate punishment than isolating all evil people in the same small island,” Santiago said. “I know they can’t stand each other, so that would be a better option than locking them up in individual prison cells,” she added.