“I’ve run through the gates of hell.”
Dan Brown’s narration in Inferno describing Manila or Philippines as a whole caught the attention of the media. Various departments of the Philippines took their stand against the image presented by Mr. Brown of Manila. He was asked to apologize so and so.
But with all the things that are happening, that are being discovered, and/or that are not even changing, often times I think all the commotion was unnecessary. Yeah sure it will shoot down the recent effort of the Department of Tourism forwarding “More Fun in the Philippines, but that is the truth. I felt that it was a slap to the government which should also affect all FIlipinos. It was as if we were finally slowly moving up then someone shot us down and we fell head on, face first on the facade. The very facade we tried to build to hide the shanties that cover much of our land, the very faults that we keep air tight inside our closets. We should stop building these facades for they only leave us blind. If we want Manila to be compared to paradise, why not act on the problems that needs to be solved? And why should we always take the short cut when it doesn’t serve us well? Why does the government approve projects that only adds to the problem? Yeah sure they can’t predict the future, but after it has been built why stop there?
Philippines, I will not wait for the day that you shall become paradise. We will work on it now.
Ma. Isabel Jillian B. Eala
2012 – 38459