What a Difference
By DANIEL ESCUREL OCCENO, email@example.com
I was able to visit
Metro Manila. There are no automobile dealerships in the small town of Gubat, Sorsogon Province so we had to go to Metro Manila and it was
pretty costly getting the Toyota Revo serviced by the dealership
supposedly to be serviced once a year with a local mechanic beforehand
and we needed a place to stay for the two days with a two day drive
there and back; but my mother decided to live a little so we stayed at
a nice hotel instead of roughing it.
I almost did not want
to go because I was involved with NaNoWriMo 2011; the “National Novel
Writing Month is an annual internet-based creative writing project
which challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel
between November 1 and November 30.” – Wikipedia, the free
encyclopedia on the Internet.
The trip meant four
days of the 30 days during November while not writing on my novel
entered with the NaNoWriMo writing contest because I did not own a
tablet personal computer with a “word processor” software that I could
have brought with me to write even while riding at the front passenger
seat of the “Revo” during daylight.
I realize NaNoWriMo is
a personal challenged to write a novel in 30 days with no prize money
involved just personal satisfaction of writing a completed novel in 30
days and it might take me another ten years to publish a novel and get
paid for it, but it was the principle.
My father needed
wheelchair access so it was mandatory for me to accompany my parents.
I felt like one of the police officers on the old “Ironside” TV show
(1967-1975) wheeling around my father at the hotel, just to eat at the
breakfast buffet restaurant inside the establishment.
My mother hired a
driver that knew the “South Road” and the Metro Manila area, since I
could not drive the 14-hour one-way drive to Quezon City and I could
not drive the “Revo” to the Cubao commercial shopping area for the
yearly service at the dealership and I could not drive the 14-hour
one-way drive back to Gubat.
We stayed at The Sulo
Riviera, a landmark hotel, in
to make the trip a somewhat costly vacation for my elderly parents in
their mid seventies just to have a personal automobile serviced by a
dealership. The last service was on June 2006 and (this time) I was
very impressed with The Sulo Riviera Hotel make-over.
The last time I
witnessed in person, not just on TV news events, the progress of the
Metro Manila area was on December 2008 when my father celebrated his
Golden Anniversary from graduating from
Medical School at
University of Santo Tomas.
Back then, I went
around saying that other than Makati City, the Manila area and Quezon
City looked dirty or old buildings needed paint or the entire area
needed renovation; but it was not poverty and it certainly was not
What a difference years make!
The new TOLL highways
and the new retail outlets to attract domestic tourism are comparable
to any major city of First World countries. It will attract tourism
throughout the world and more businesses will develop because of the
ambiance so I am so happy for my birth country. The Philippines has
ended its poverty.
The capable of success
Filipino kids want the small midsize four-door luxury automobiles
instead of motorcycles. Last time, the streets were scattered with
motorcycles. This time, I probably saw two or three motorcycles
zipping by during the various times while we drove around. There were
hardly any motorcycles parked on the side streets.
Because of tourism and
retail and entrepreneurship, the young upwardly mobile are finding
success early instead of waiting for middle-age to work overseas for
I was really impressed
with the new toll roads and the renovation of the business buildings
and the construction of new retail outlets of mega stores.
Yes, there is
congestion but city planning has organized the congestion and it did
not appear to be a free-for-all of every which way was the right away.
Luxury small four-door
midsize automobiles dominated the streets compared to the SUVs of
gas-guzzlers of before. I did not think the capable of success wanted
the two-door subcompacts promoted for preventing Climate Change, but
the midsize designed for families is a step in the right direction.
The luxury small
four-door midsize automobiles were what I wanted to manufacture in the
Philippines if I had success in America after college and I could
afford to buy General Motors to bring a manufacturing plant to Subic
Bay, Post Cold War industrial zone, after the Berlin Wall fell. I
knew; it was providence to eventually convert the American military
bases to commercial properties.
I ruined my college
education so not all dreams happen. I have a new dream; I would rather
write fictional novels. I can make up the success with words; however,
it might take years for reality to catch up, life imitating art.
My desires to be a
Filipino-American billionaire saving the Philippines from poverty have
fizzled so you Filipino kids capable of success should start an
automobile company in the Philippines similar to General Motors,
manufacturing luxury small four-door midsize “electric” automobiles or
ethanol blend from sugar cane or soy bean diesel motors, which can run
on current diesel engines using 100% soy bean diesel, especially for
delivery trucks and passenger “jeepneys” and commercial bus services
and the rail transits and power plants.
With the change over
from SUV gas-guzzlers to luxury small four-door midsize automobiles, I
can see sustainable growth for the next ten years with tourism and
retail in the Philippine Islands, but eventually the fear of gasoline
shortages and the need for alternative energy would be a thunderstorm
cloud waiting to happen someday, named Climate Change caused by Global
Warming from the fossil fuel discharge of waste gases.
The poverty is
definitely over. We have high unemployment. More job creations are
needed to prevent new poverty in the future, for without jobs an
educated society will only go backwards.
I am often criticized
that I promote the retail industry with the low wages in my quest to
end the poverty in the Philippines with my freelance writing of
articles, but I will again point out that retail products have to be
manufactured or grown, creating more jobs, so I hope small
manufacturing are flourishing in the Philippine Islands and local
farmers are making a living, not to mention those that deliver the
products or those that warehouse the produce.
I noticed several new
high-rise buildings but with the growing need for automobiles the
parking lot problem will be inevitable at locations of limited space.
I thought; I saw one building having a first floor indoor parking or
open sides for ventilation.
Solid cement molded
old buildings could always be renovated with the first floor for
parking and with escalators to the next level because of possible
power blackouts, but carrying packages might be a burden without
elevators powered by electricity.
I know; some of you
Metro Manila residence want my opinion on how I feel about the toll
highways for building new roads and maintaining better highways
because personal transportation vehicles are needed to expand beyond
living at metropolises.
I would prefer non-tax
revenue for government responsibilities in taking care of the people
How about nationwide
legal “jueteng” and nationwide legal “mahjong” for non-tax revenue to
repair roads and to maintain highways, especially in the Bicol Region?
The potholes were vicious after the suggested yearly service from the
Toyota dealership at Cubao on the 14-hour drive back at night.
There is no doubt
in my mind; the Republic of the Philippines has ended its poverty.