CEBU CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The “throw-away culture” has been prevalent among Filipinos even during disasters, according to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.
After the supertyphoon Yoland (Haiyan) hit the Philippines two years ago, Tagle recalls how someone donated a wedding gown to the relief efforts.
Yolanda was the strongest typhoon recorded to hit land, which claimed more than 6,000 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of Filipinos in Central Visayas.
“Imagine, during the time of Haiyan or Yolanda, as we were unpacking some of the donations, there was a wedding gown. Who would use a wedding gown? They were just throwing unused clothes to the poor,” he said.
Apparently, it wasn’t just a wedding gown that was donated to the typhoon victims.
The Adobo Chronicles just learned that the evening gown worn by Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa at a previous Miss Universe pageant was also donated.
Lastimosa’s gown resembled a giant wedding cake and many believed that the Colombian-designed gown cost her the crown.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Korina Sanchez, broadcast journalist and wife of Interior and Local Governments Secretary Mar Roxas, is one step closer to becoming the First Lady of the Philippines. This, after President NoyNoy Aquino officially endorsed her husband as his choice for the next president.
Many will recall that during the height of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in 2013, Sanchez criticized CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his reporting on the government’s slow response to relief operations. Sanchez said Cooper didn’t know what he was talking about. Cooper then challenged Sanchez to leave her airconditioned radio studio in Manila and travel to Tacloban to personally see what was happening at ground zero.
Apparently, Sanchez has not recovered from the embarrassment Cooper had caused her.
Speaking to reporters after her husband was proclaimed the presidential standard bearer for Aquino’s Liberal Party, Sanchez said that her first official act as Philippine First Lady would be to ask her husband to issue an executive order banning Cooper from entering the Philippines — as a CNN anchor or as a private tourist.
Sanchez said the executive order would designate Cooper as a “persona non grata” which is one of the grounds for denying a Philippine entry visa to any foreigner.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Just days after anointing Mar Roxas as his choice of successor, Philippine President Noy Noy Aquino blamed the Interior and Local Governments Secretary for the government’s failure to provide housing for the thousands of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims who were rendered homeless almost two years ago.
In a scathing report by the United Nations, the Aquino administration was given a failing grade for the dismal effort to build decent and sufficient permanent housing for those displaced by the devastating typhoon
“Many families remain housed in collective ‘bunkhouses’ that do not meet necessary minimum standards for the provision of basic needs and services,” Chaloka Beyani, U.N. special rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, said in a news conference in Manila. “I was concerned to learn that funding shortfalls and political challenges, including inadequate cooperation between national and local governments, are delaying processes towards achieving durable solutions.”
Reacting to the report, Aquino blamed this failing grade on Roxas, saying that it was the secretary’s duty to coordinate efforts between the national and local governments. “That’s why I appointed him the head the Department of Interior and Local Governments, ” he said.
Aquino is known for blaming others for the country’s problems as well as the inefficiency and failures of his administration, but it was a shocker to blame Roxas just days after he praised him and officially endorsed him to be the next president.
Roxas could not be reached for comment, as he was busy campaigning in the remote areas of Mindanao, where there is no Internet connection or cellular signal.