From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
Bananas, Babes and Beer. Bruising Beijing Ban Baffles Philippines.
China has impounded Philippine fruit exports alleged to carry pests. 300,000 tons of Philippine bananas worth one billion pesos (about 236,000 US Dollars) were left to rot at Chinese ports. Philippine's Bureau of Plant Industry director Clarito Barron has confirmed that fruit shipments in China now face stricter inspection but refuses to believe the quarantine has anything to do with the ongoing simmering dispute in the South China Sea between the two countries.
Meanwhile, hotels and resorts in Boracay, Cebu and Bohol are reporting cancelations in bookings from China, as tensions continue between Manila and Beijing over the Scarborough Shoal issue in the South China Sea according to ABS CBN News.com.
That certainly means there will not be any Chinese visitors watching Filipina babes on the beaches. It will also surely mean a drop in business for the local Guest Relations Officers.
But Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte has said there is not a ban but only a travel advisory. However, why does Isabel Garicia, Boracay Regency Beach Resort & Spa's director for sales and marketing, call it a travel ban? Ms. Garcia confirms that that "10 to 15 percent of our daily arrivals were affected by the travel ban."
Cebu Pacific, Zest Airways and Airphil Express have all suspended their charter services to and from several destinations in China on May 12.
And now comes the "beer" factor in this title's post. Less Chinese tourists means less consumption of beer. That's only logical. During one of our trips to Raymen Beach in Guimaras we saw a large contingent of Chinese tourist in the nipa hut next to us with a tableful of buckets of San Miguel Pale Pilsen.
But I have a solution to the decrease in beer consumption problem. Unlike some officials of the Philippine government, who refuse to make the correlation between the dispute in the South China Sea and the banana issue and travel bans, I recognize there IS a direct relation to the brouhaha.
I plan to make up for the loss of beer consumption by visiting our favorite watering hole in Iloilo City, Langford Place, this coming Wednesday and ordering several buckets of San Miguel adult beverages. My expat friends will be there to assist me.
On top of that, our favorite French Canadian friend, Señor Frog, is hosting a 65th birthday bash this coming Saturday. Friends, I can assure you, that when Mr. Frog and his asawa throw a party, it's going to involve PLENTY of San Miguel Pale Pilsen, Red Horse and other alcohol-related products along with LOTS of good food. I have no doubt that the event will more than make up for the loss of beer consumption by the no-show Chinese tourists. We are going to do our part, rest assured. More on that birthday bash at a later date.