MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Vendors seem to be under attack in some countries in Asia.
The government of Singapore recently announced that beginning in 2017, vendors will no longer to able to display cigarettes in their stalls. The new law is aimed at preventing young kids from taking up smoking. All too often, young people are exposed to this unhealthy addiction through point-of-sale displays of cigarettes.
Following Singapore’s lead, Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino, upon the joint recommendation of the Health and Tourism Departments, issued an executive order banning the display and sale of chicken feet by sidewalk vendors. Fried chicken feet, similar to those served in Chinese dim sum, is a popular and inexpensive street food in the country.
The same executive order prohibits eating balut (boiled duck embryo) in public. It may still be sold by street vendors but can only be consumed in the privacy of people’s homes.
In issuing the order, Aquino said he hopes that the ban will not only improve the health of Filipinos but also boost tourism by creating a better Philippine image in the eyes of foreign visitors who can not stand the sight of chicken feet and balut.
The order is in keeping with the administration’s mantra of daang matuwid (street, uhm, straight path).
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Hush! Philippine Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. urged Filipinos and the media to STFU (shut up) because it is hurting the country’s tourism industry.
Jimenez was referring to the laglag bala or tanim bala scheme at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in which airport personnel allegedly “plant” bullets in bags of unsuspecting airline passengers in order to extort money.
Speaking at a weekly forum at the Luneta Hotel, Jimenez said reports on the tanim bala demonstrate the media’s tendency to discuss issues “to death until it actually injures our own interest.”
“I am very concerned on both ends of it — not only because it is a symptom of corruption that we have yet to uproot, it is also a symptom that sometimes as a country we don’t know when to stop talking about something,” he said.
Jimenez went as far as recommending to President Aquino to change the administration’s anti-corruption mantra from Daang Matuwid (straight path) to Daang Matahimik (quiet path).
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) has finally retired its stale “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” promo and has unveiled a new international campaign to attract foreigners and Filipino expatriates to visit the country in 2015.
The Philippine Government has designated 2015 as “Visit the Philippines Year.” It was launched earlier this year with a new web site, visitph2015.com, and an impressive video showing all the great things tourists will find in this nation of 100 Million people: beach resorts, year-round cultural festivals, great cuisine, centuries-old churches, English-speaking people and smiley faces from the friendliest inhabitants on earth.
Mid-year into the 2015 tourism campaign, the DOT unveiled an updated promo, this time featuring images that can only be found in the Philippines.
One image is an aerial photo of one of Metro Manila’s populated cities — Pasig. As can be seen in the DOT image, Pasig is a sea of houses and buildings, so cramped that the city is devoid of any plants or trees, while city streets have virtually disappeared. Even the infamous Pasig River has been soaked up by housing structures. The only way to navigate the city is on foot which would be quite an experience for any tourist wanting to explore the scenic spots of Metro Manila and the Philippines.
A second image shows shanties lining either side of the Pasig River. What used to be clean and potable water flowing through this stretch of the river is now a colorful, quilt-like reservoir of stagnant waste and toxic materials. Tourists will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience of walking over water, much like the biblical tale of Jesus performing a miracle.
So, If you haven’t made plans for your vacation this year, make it a point to visit the Philippines. It is a must in 2015!