what do you love most about manila?

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i’ve been an official blogger here for more than 3 weeks and i don’t really know if i posted something that really comes from the heart. anyway, i’ve been frequenting singapore for the past year, going in and out for about 4 times this year and i’ve met a lot of foreigners living there. everytime we get to talk, they always ask me what’s the difference between singapore and manila. i always tell them that singapore is much much much in order compared to our city and then they ask me, how come i’m still living here in manila; and i don’t know how to react.

it is only now that i realize (and i don’t know why all of a sudden i did) that living in manila is much much much better. yes, there is traffic, corrupt gov’t officials (no offense meant), floods, frequent typhoons, etc. but who cares? we’ve been living here for so long that these things become part of the way we live. i don’t care if we have typhoons, we can’t do anything about it unless we can get to move the country away from the tropics and change its longtitude and latitude (trust me: we cannot do it). hehehe. traffic, who cares, we have the MRT and LRT now. corrupt gov’t officials, well, “walang corrupt, kung walang magpapa-corrupt”, floods…well, let’s not pass thru those areas that are flooding, we know where they are anyway…

i love the city, i love the culture, i love the diversity…and who says that other countries are better than manila? not me; others do because they are not from here. love your country. (maybe i suddenly realized that living here is better because of what’s happening in bangkok. check what’s happening there now…it just means one thing, it doesn’t happen to our country alone. it also happens somewhere else….)

I LOVE MANILA! :-) and i love everything about it! you, what do u love about manila?

7 Comments so far

  1. eric aka senor enrique (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

    Such a joy to run into someone who loves Manila.

    Mabuhay!


  2. Christianne (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

    I love the way Manilenos (actually, Pinoys) keep their sense of humor and make jokes about the heat, traffic, and dirty politics that would make people of a more “pampered” race stressed and suicidal :-P


  3. nina (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 12:42 am

    Apart from the fact that most of my family and friends are here, I love Manila because it’s home. I know it’s dirty and not really appealing, but there’s something about Manila that makes me happy.


  4. hekk (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 6:27 am

    Remember the song by the infamous “HOTDOG”? Manila, Manila, I keep coming back to manila……
    Ei, I grew up in Manila…. wala nito sa Amerika.


  5. migs (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 8:11 am

    The street food; the hidden sanctuaries; the amazing, beautiful Manilenyos and Manilenyas; the place called Libreria; the traffic (this commuter is tragically endeared to the congestion); the cheap books; the history; the music; the odd signages everywhere; the children playing outside; the restaurants; okay, I’m coming to a halt here before my comment reaches a thousand words.

    I love Manila, and I’m glad I’m not the only one.


  6. seav (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 10:47 am

    I also love Metro Manila! I love it so much that I don’t want to migrate to “greener pastures” even though I can. There’s something about the chaos of the metropolis that makes me feel at home.

    BTW, my name links to my blog post on this very topic itself and fully expresses how I feel about Manila. =)


  7. Rex (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 11:17 pm

    ‘I love the Philippines.
    It is the land of my birth;
    It is the home of my people.’

    The US will never be my homeland(it is for my three kids because they were born here). I will always be a ‘dayuhan’ to this country. Even if the color of my passpost changed, the color of my ‘blood’ will never changed(pinoy pa rin);the same blood spilt on the grounds of Luneta, Balintawak, NAIA and all over the land.’Yes, the FILIPINOS are worth dying for’ excluding the politikos(dishonorable men).

    I miss the street food!

    Gudluck

    36/M/HOUSTON-USA



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