Don’t typhoons victims like Spam?

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013


IN OTHER countries, Filipinos are often tagged as diskartidor. Well, if it is for the better, there is nothing wrong with this characteristic.

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I just arrived from Iloilo City where I attended the premiere of “Ilo-Ilo,” the Singaporean film that won in the Cannes Film Festival in Europe. At the SM Cinema Iloilo, we were smiling along with some acquaintances and friends like Ilonggo singer Joemarie Chan, and Department of Tourism Regional Director Helen Catalbas who hosted a dinner for us along with the film’s director Anthony Chen, Angeli Bayani, boy actor Koh Jia Ler, PR man Charles Lim, John Rolida and Chinky Bondoc.

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Thanks to DOT for billeting me at Diversion 21 Hotel for the night and the next morning was breakfast and coffee time with some friends. One common talk was our appreciation of Ilonggos who initiated the collection of money and goods for the typhoon victims in northern Iloilo. Their next step now is to provide livelihood for the fishermen. Fishing boats are now being donated by businessmen and concerned citizens, and they told me that a complete set of fishing boat costs P15,000. This estimate comes from a dear honest civic personality so I would agree with the price.

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Other stories reached our coffee table. A volunteer at Villamor Airbase told us that auto clubs of prominent figures in Metro Manila also shared their helping hand. They welcomed typhoon victims and drove them to their destinations around Metro Manila for free. And the car owners spend for the fuel.

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The volunteer related that she could not stand the scenario where imported canned goods like the Pinoy favorite Spam brand and other imported canned items were taken out of the packs and replaced with sardines. That made us think that the typhoon victims do not like the taste of Spam which I like so much.

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The volunteer told us that it was an instruction to be followed as ordered by a government agency. Guess what agency that is then. All of us hated to believe this story which came out in the social media, but here is the volunteer who has no reason to lie to us. Do not worry, my friend, Karma will come their way. As Teddy Boy Locsin said in his TV show, it’s happy days are here again for these shameless ones. As the saying goes in a signage: “Do not Cheat…Government Hates Competition.” Amen!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 03, 2013.

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