Lizada: Quiet-A A +A
By Rene Lizada
Sunday, August 25, 2013
I WAS reading this blog by a certain RM Bulseco. In this certain blog of his, he wrote with wit, humor and a bit of exasperation, certain misconceptions people from Luzon have about Davao. Do we have electricity, malls, coffee shops and yes taxis? I was smiling at all those comments because sa tutoo lang, only ignorant people ask those questions. I have another word in mind but, let us leave it at that. Not all people from Luzon are ignorant but there are quite a few especially when it comes to Davao. Maybe they think they have the monopoly of intelligence, wit and yes electricity. In the Seventies when I was still a student and whenever I would go to Manila, it was almost automatic they would ask silly questions like what RM Bulseco experienced. When people found out I was from Davao, they had this strange look on their faces and you could almost hear the question, how did you get here? Or worse, do you eat your young? But that is their ignorance, not ours. So let them be. Which brings me to this.
Naturally when I read the blog, I read some of the comments. Most were funny because they could not believe that there are people out there who are so dumb, I mean ignorant. Others who have not gone home expressed nostalgia and home sickness. While others were adamant saying that who are those people who have the audacity to look down upon us. Some have even berated others of their dumb, I mean ignorant comments. Then there were those who proudly proclaimed that compared to other cities, Davao is far better. In fact if you read a certain report, Davao is the 4th safest city in the world. Ah yes, Dabawenyos would strut around and say, we are safe, we are clean and we have taxis too that can bring us to malls (yes Davao has them). But to those who are so proud of Davao, I have one word for you. Ssssssshhhhh. Not so loud. Why? Because they might transfer to Davao and live here. It is like knowing a great place to eat. You want to share the restaurant/café/coffeeshop but you are afraid that if you do, people will discover it and it will lose its appeal and secrecy. So do you share or not? Do not share. Ssssshhh.
Do I want to share what I consider to be the best halo halo I ever tasted? Perhaps to a chosen few, yes but not to the whole world! Or the best peanut butter cheesecake? No, of course not, unless you are my friend. So those of you who are so proud of Davao, shhhhhh, Keep quiet. We are all doing fine, no thanks to them. Let us keep it that way.
So keep quiet. Davao is our secret so let us keep this to ourselves. If visitors come, well and good, if tourists come, that would be great and they can keep on coming and coming BUT as long as they leave, I will not have a problem with that.
If they cancelled the Ad Congress, sus, no problem. Their loss, not ours. They can very well do it somewhere else. We have survived without them and will continue to do so.
They can build malls and coffee shops and whatever but as long as they hire local people, that is fine with me. They can attend Kadayawan and dance in the streets and eat durian for all I care but when the festival is done….. so long and see you next year! And besides, every Dabawenyo knows that the best time to eat durian is AFTER Kadayawan. And for the record, durian does not smell like hell but tastes like heaven. Durian tastes and smells like heaven, PERIOD!
Davao has received a lot of flack the past few months and Dabawenyos, some zealous citizens, would literally go on a cyber war against those who dare speak against Davao. A few months back someone tweeted that Davao is no longer typhoon free. What that person got was short of a category 4 typhoon blast of tweets from Dabawenyos. And do you know why we are a favorite target? Inggit! There is no other city in the country where you can get to the beach in 5 minutes and go the mountains in 30 minutes. You can have breakfast at a beach resort and have lunch at a mountain haven. And have dinner in the malls. We have clear blue skies. We have honest taxi drivers and…… better shut up me. So to those who are Davao bashers, go ahead. But to those of us who live here, ssshhhh. My unsolicited advice is, let them berate Davao. Hayaan mo sila. Biya- e. We know better and since we do, we keep our mouths shut and our keyboards locked.
Sssshhhhh. And let us eat durian!
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 26, 2013.