MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Following massive, persistent problems being encountered by the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), Malacañang on Thursday urged Metro Manila commuters to try other modes of transportation — like tricycles.
“Yung MRT lang ba ang puwedeng sakyan doon sa mga rutang dinadaanan nito? Baka naman puwedeng matuklasan yung iba pang mga options,” Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. said during a press briefing. (Is the MRT the only means of transportation to your destination? Perhaps you can try to discover other options.)
The Aquino administration specifically encouraged commuters to try riding tricycles which abound in Metro Manila. “These motorized pedicabs have been a very reliable mode of transportation in the Philippines for generations,” Coloma said.
No more long lines. No more waiting. No more delays. No more accidents.
LOS ANGELES, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Despite being in a third-world country, Metro Manila in the Philippines shares a rare honor with Los Angeles.
The metropolitan area in Southern California has earned the distinction of having the worst traffic in all of the United States.
Metro Manila has the same distinction not only in the Philippines but throughout the world, which makes such distinction more prized than that of L.A.
Los Angelinos are committed to surpass Manila’s record. A grassroots movement has been established by L.A. motorists to make traffic even worse that it already is — with the goal of beating Metro Manila’s traffic record.
But the Filipinos are committed to hang on to their title for years to come. So good luck, L.A.!
NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – It was supposed to be an artistic, uneventful photo shoot for Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, but things didn’t turn out so well.
On a cold night in the heart of Times Square, Wurtzbach posed for a photographer of a well known New York fashion magazine, donning a stunning black coctail dress and a faux fur coat draped over it. She looked stunning.
Alas, two things went wrong:
The photo shoot caused a traffic snarl in all of Manhattan which became a virtual parking lot. Every New Yorker wanted a glimpse of the Filipina beauty.
Then, when the photographer downloaded the digital photos for submission to the magazine’s editors, he realized that he had forgotten to either remove or hide the coat’s price tag and laundry instructions (see photo).
The Adobo Chronicles learned that the coat was borrowed from Macy’s Department Store in New York for use in the photo shoot.
Now, the magazine’s editors had asked that the whole photo session be done all over again. So, brace up for another traffic snarl, dear New Yorkers!