The Land Where I Was Born 015
Random photos and thoughts about the Philippines
Our environment, our experiences, and the people we choose to surround us shapes us into who we are. In this series I search the web for thought-provoking images about the Philippines, the country I was born in and which I am now rediscovering.
When Rowena Festin leaves her job as a congressional aide in Quezon City, Metro Manila each day, she returns home to three children and a husband. But her marriage, like many others in the Philippines, exists in name only. “My husband wants another person,” she says. “We are living in the same house but both decided to live our own life.” Although both have long wanted to legally end their marriage, the government will not allow them to do so. The Philippines is the only country in the world, aside from Vatican City, which lacks divorce laws. ~ The fight to make divorce legal in the Philippines, CNN, October 6, 2014
When a bakery shut down in a prime location in central Manila earlier this year, there was little doubt that a convenience store would open in its place. Chains such as 7-Eleven, Mini Stop and FamilyMart are spreading over the capital and other cities in the Philippines—where people have typically shopped at basic neighborhood stores—as retailers bet on a largely untapped market with fast-rising disposable incomes. ~ Wall Street Journal, September 23, 2014
Manila’s creaking train network means a miserable 3-hour work commute for salesman Gerard Galang – just one example of major infrastructure woes that analysts say threaten to cool the Philippines’ red-hot economy. Peak-hour hell comes in many forms in the city of 12 million people, with commuters experiencing a sweaty, stinky crush on dilapidated trains and giant queues to buy tickets. “I pity myself and my fellow commuters but I don’t have any other option than the train,” said Galang, 29, who inhales antiseptic rubbed on to his hands to help negate the stench on the train. “It gets so crowded our faces get pressed against each other and on doors and windows.” ~ Urban decay threatens hot Philippine economy, Rappler, October 12, 2014