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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – There had been a lot of debate over the proposal to rename the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) after the late President Cory Aquino.

Many critics have commented that there seems to be a master plan to name and rename major Philippine infrastructure to permanently establish the legacy of the Aquino family. Of course, we all know that Manila’s international airport is named after Cory’s husband Ninoy (Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA).

So what about the other Aquinos?

Well, a deal has been finally reached as a compromise, agreed to by no less than President NoyNoy Aquino himself. The new names will honor the president’s mother and  four sisters.

The Clark International Airport will be renamed Cory Aquino International Airport (CAIA).

The Southern Luzon Expressway  (SLEX) will be renamed Maria Elena Aquino Expressway (MEAEX)

The Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) will be renamed Victoria Aquino Expressway (VAEX)

The Manila North Expressway (MNEX) will be renamed Aurora Aquino Expressway (AAEX)

So what about the most famous Aquino sister, Kris?

President Aquino announced that his administration will build a new South Expressway (SEX) in Manila and will be named Kris Aquino South Expressway (KASEX).

As for the president himself, the Pan-Philippine Highway which extends from Laoag City in Northern Luzon to Zamboanga City in Mindano will be renamed NoyNoy Aquino Highway.

Hindi namin kayo malilimutan.  (We will never forget you). Long live the Aquinos!


imageManila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino has expressed extreme disappoinment that Manila’s International Airport has lost its distinction as the worst airport in the world.

With the expanded operations of a third terminal, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is no longer the world’s worst airport, sliding to fourth spot after topping the list for the past three years, according to a survey conducted by “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports” on http://www.sleepinginairports.net.

Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Pakistan has moved up to the top spot as the world’s worst airport, followed by Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia and Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal.

The survey was conducted between September 2013 and August 2014.

“It breaks my heart that the airport named in my father’s honor has lost its top world distinction,” Aquino said, adding that “my administration will do all it can to gain back the top spot.”

Aquino directed the Philippine Department of Tourism, the Manila Airport Authority, Bureau of Immigration and Bureau of Customs to work closer together and come up with a six-month strategic plan to put NAIA back to Number One.


imageManila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Manila’s International Airport is named after his late father, but Philippine President Noynoy Aquino wants the name changed. This, after the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) again got ranked as one of the world’s worst airports.

According to a list compiled by US website Cheat Sheet, NAIA is among the 10 worst airports in the world because of its poor facilities and long queues. Cheat Sheet also cited the airport’s “impolite” staff, despite Filipinos being known around the world for their warmth.

The article also mentioned the airport’s overcapacity, which has resulted to long lines that begin outside the terminal. Some  32 million passengers use NAIA each year despite the fact that it only has the capacity for 6 million passengers.

In 2013, NAIA was named worst airport in the world by travel website Sleeping In Airports, which asked travelers to rank airports based on comfort, conveniences, cleanliness, and customer service.

In talking to reporters, President Aquino said that he doesn’t want the Aquino name to be dragged for anything that is negative and unpopular.  Asked if he had any new name in mind for the airport, Aquino said, “For all I care, they can name it Gloria Macapagal Arroyo International Airport,” referring to his predecessor and political nemesis.

Aquino has consistently blamed Arroyo for all the ills and problems now faced by the Philippines.

Upon hearing about Aquino’s statement, Representative and former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos proposed that NAIA be renamed Ferdinand E. Marcos International Airport.

Ninoy Aquino was assassinated in the tarmac of the airport during the regime of Ferdinand Marcos.