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imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – On Monday, July 27, Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino will deliver his last SANA. His State of the Nation Address.

No, that was not a typo. Aquino will, in fact, deliver his SANA. ‘Sana’ is a Tagalog word loosely translated as ‘wishful thinking.’

Malacañang, the presidential palace, gave reporters a glimpse of what the president will say — a laundry list of what he wished he had done as president and what he hopes will happen after his term expires in 2016:

  • He wished he had brought a first lady into Malacañang, particularly reigning Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach. Well, time is running out.
  • He wished he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Now THAT is really some wishful thinking.
  • He wished Mar Roxas had been his vice president instead of Jojo Binay. Dream on.
  • He wished the constitution would be amended to allow him to run for a second six-year term. Case closed.
  • He hopes that Mar Roxas will be the next president. Careful what you wish for.
  • He wished that he hadn’t said in public that he will let himself be run over by a train if MRT, Metro Manila’s mass light railway system, continued with its massive problems. Too late!  Filipinos are anxiously waiting!
  • He hopes that he will be given a complimentary VIP, front-row ticket to Madonna’s Rebel Heart Concert in Manila in February next year. Now we’re talking! 
  • He hopes his sister, talk-show host Kris, would stop embarrassing the Aquino family and STFU! Now you’re talking!

For a full, live coverage of SANA, tune in to CNN Philippines. They do a good job of covering red carpet fashion.



MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Senator Nancy Binay, daughter of Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay, was the epicenter of jokes at last year’s presidential State of the National Address (SONA) for wearing a gown that made her look like an air balloon.

On Monday, July 27, at President NoyNoy Aquino’s final SONA, Binay is making sure that there will not be a repeat embarrassment from last year.

She proudly announced that she will walk this year’s red carpet wearing a gown designed by Colombian Alfredo Barraza, the same artist who designed MJ Lastimosa’s evening gown at the last Miss Universe pageant in Florida.  Lastimosa wore a multi-colored gown and headdress that made her look like a giant meringue wedding cake.


Binay, however, refused to divulge the theme and design of her gown, except to say that it will have the colors of the Philippine flag — red, white, blue and yellow. “I don’t want to spoil the surprise,” she said.



Cooper reporting on typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) - file photo
Cooper reporting on typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) – file photo

Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – In less than 24 hours since NoyNoy Aquino delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA), the beleaguered Philippine president is facing yet another impeachment complaint. This time it is from the Philippine Senate.

The new complaint is based on what senators called “presidential lies” in connection with Aquino’s claim during his televised speech that in less than 24 hours, the government and the Aquino administration were on the ground in Leyte and other Cental Philippine cities and towns, providing assistance and relief to victims of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). The strongest typhoon ever to hit landfall left thousands dead and homeless and resulted in billions of pesos in damage to public and private property and infrastructure.

“Aquino violated his presidential oath to tell the truth and nothing but the truth to the Filipino people, and that is an impeachable offense,” the senators said.

A senate hearing on this new impeachment complaint is scheduled later this week. The first witness to testify will be CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper who was among the first among international journalists to report on Haiyan from ground zero.  Cooper’s reports and first-hand accounts pointed to the exact opposite of what Aquino said in his SONA.

Here is one of CNN’s broadcasts in which Cooper describes what he saw on the ground in Tacloban, Cebu and other cities.