Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Streets of Santa Mesa

sta mesa manilaI have been becoming quite familiar with Santa Mesa (a district of Manila) lately and am now finding my way around with little difficulty. Walking to different parts has allowed me to create a mental map of paths, as well as make observations.

SM City Sta. Mesa (formerly Centerpoint) seems to be one of the hubs of the district, with Stop N Shop and the nearby Polytechnic University of the Philippines being other points of activity. But the true sites of bustle exist around and in between.

sta mesa manilaIn the streets that the masses fill, you'll see vendors selling food and products -- enough to satisfy and serve a purpose; not necessarily of high quality, but more of a quick fix. It is enough to keep the people, the "cells," running in the short term, yet they do so in a poor state where quality of life suffers tremendously and oftentimes leads to a premature and rapid degeneration. Thus to me, the rise of "free radicals" is not surprising, due to the widespread discontentment, if not maltreatment, in life that the masses have to endure.

sta mesa manilaThe Philippines has a feeble, ailing heart, and is being eaten from within. The thriving parasites have devoured and continue to greedily suck the nutrients from the country. The damage and starvation have already extended beyond the point of reparation. The infestation and exploitation have damaged the DNA, producing weak tissue, undesirable mutation, and cancer.

The people are now too many, the infrastructure too weak and crumbling, natural resources dwindling, artificial resources of poor quality and driven by profit, the environment poisoned, and the allocation of resources among the people extremely out of balance.

sta mesa manilaI walk the streets of Manila and see a dying Philippines gasping for air. The arteries clogged; people and resources cannot efficiently travel. Smoke and fumes fill the air as traffic continually builds, choking the pathways. When rain falls, it drowns. It fills the streets and floods them, sometimes within minutes in Sta. Mesa (just as in Sampaloc).

Drastic changes need to occur to even make minor alleviations, yet most of those who need the change are too emaciated to do anything about it; the power lies in the wrong hands. It is a battle of survival, and the parasites weaseled their way into supremacy without much resistance, and they have been able to do so at a much faster rate over time as technology has advanced.

sta mesa manilaYet, even the parasites will die if the body falls apart. Purgation -- perhaps via chaos and revolution -- could happen, but it might leave the body impaired in the process. To stop feeding the parasites would help, but many have already grown addicted to, or even reliant on, the toxins the parasites produce. It's a very complicated, problematic situation with no single, straightforward answer.


Herson PeƱaflor said...

"It's a very complicated, problematic situation with no single, straightforward answer."

I hear you, all too very well.

Don Garcia said...

dude, try robinsons magnolia

Chammy Eleazar said...

if evryone could just care a little more for the country and the people and a little less about themselves.... like,... what's a few seconds of waiting for the traffic light to go green before crossing the intersection... what's holding on to a candy wrapper until you find a trash can.... what's loading and unloading of passengers on the right area so as not to cause traffic....... small things but if everyone would be doing it.... wow...

Wynn said...

if people would help cells like you, we might get back to good sooner. only been a reader for a few months, but i noticed that you get a lot of supportive comments, but not many supportive actions from your capable fans. take care of yourself

gusm said...

You are right. The problems of Greater Metro Manila are
overwhelming, and the conditions almost nightmarish. The flood problem will
only get worse because many parts of metro Manila are already below sea level
and with global warming, the sea level will continue to rise. I’m glad I live
in one of the smaller cities in the Visayas but I feel bad for the people
living in greater metro Manila for what they have to go through every day. Unfortunately the blame does not only go to
the politicians but also the ordinary Filipinos themselves.

Nash Torres said...

Sad, but true. There are "good souls" who try to fix the problem but it's just like putting bandage on a wound that needs to be cured from within. Yes, Manila is decaying in more ways than one. What used to be the gateway to the Orient has been relegated as the "gateway to hell," no pun intended. Change does not only lie on elected officials but on the hands of ManileƱos themselves. Oh, where are thou, discipline?

Qwarl Wqas said...

It is very wrong David to picture out the entire Philippines by experiencing on one city or place only. Yes it maybe true that a city like Manila can be polluted, dirty, hot and congested but it is not true in other parts of the country. What you see in Manila cannot be seen in other cities and towns all throughout the Philippines. So it is wrong David and please correct it!

wee said...

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It's an accurate and fair depiction of the Philippines. Having said that, I do see promising green shoot lately, I just hope it continues for many years to come.

Jayson Smithson said...

You speak the truth bro about Manila. People are not blind. Even in Makati, there are parts that are like these. I work on a
real estate companies
and this is sometimes our problem.

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