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"I saw the streets of MetroManila swirl around in my mind, the thousand upon thousands of people you drive by, each with his or her own story yet unfolding.
And the question that rang loudly among all the others was “how do you stay human in all this”?
How does one keep their humanity in a city where everyday needs must be met, no matter how strenuous or aggravating the work.
Where in a society seemingly built for pleasure, how is it that so many are forgotten and scorned?
Where pleasure seems to belong to people such as my family and I (expats), or people who have too much money to burn?

I recall the Pizza Hut waitress and the SM saleslady, both young and vibrant young ladies, younger than me. How is it, I wonder, to serve others about the same age whilst you are left to fetch jeans a size smaller or hurry another pitcher of Sarsi to waiting customers…
I think of the many people who staff the countless entertainement/pleasure institutions and how many of them carry more than one college degree only to end up behind a counter, as an anonymous voice at the Call centers or filing nails for donias…

And when I question faith, my conversations with my parents come to mind.
On one long stretch of road, they pointed to churches that mushroomed every few meters.
They told me there isn’t anything more difficult than to build a church in MetroManila… not the structure but the institution itself. With the rise of Mega-Churches, where people listen to a pastor they can hardly see and only know of, sitting comfortably in vast, air-conditioned auditoriums beside members they don’t know at all, planting a church has become next to impossible because when one tires of this church, he hops to the next, no strings attached.
In this teeming city where sleep is almost a rare commodity, where in the world does one find time to live?"

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  • Copyright: jamie viray (cranerider) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 2 N: 14] (175)
  • Genre: Pessoas
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2009-07-30
  • Categories: Vida Diária
  • Exposição: f/4.5, 1/180 segundos
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  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2009-09-03 5:00
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