By Fausto Trillo
Where I live near the soon, very soon to open Supermall where everyone is excited to welcome and expecting the holidays good material cheer.
At the opening day, the “masa” expect a lot of “artistas” to grace the event. A gimmick the mall utilizes to lure people and buy, buy, buy. Filipino Christians will die without material things to adore their bodies and homes and what not.
The so-called Filipino-Chinese taipans like that so they build supermalls instead of temples and churches and places of worship, not to make poor Pinoys happy but to fill their (taipans) wallets. Everyone will then have a happy Christmas while the masa remain contentedly poor and ignorant, and the taipans continue to fly their private planes to Hongkong. What a wonderful Christmas forever and ever.
So who is complaining? Some people do. The very people who are time and again wallowing in constant floods when the heavy rains come because we have inadequate drainage system, and no engineer, public or private can fix it.
We are complaining because today, more than ever the floods in the neighborhood are “flashier” than ever, meaning, the floodwater becomes much more deeper, and days longer. Isn’t that fun? It’s damn not. It’s sickening. So, this is what people get to have a supermall everyone naively longed for.
Come on, as if having a supermall is a badge of development, modernity and pride. Has anyone thought about water-borne diseases when the stagnant floodwaters come and the mall the cause of the problem? No one, everyone’s concern is the new and sparkling new clothes. And the taipans are smiling.
Artwork courtesy of Urban Sketchers