The Other Side Of Things

Sometimes what we see is not always the real thing….we should seek deeper to see the other side of things….

Have you seen the documentary “The Other Side of Beijing” wherein they showed some parts of China which are found just near the prestigious site where the Olympics was held,  and considered as some of the poorest places they have in their country….If you happen to visit the other side of the glamorous Olympic’s site….you would enter into those shanties which seem like the squatters area we can see in Tondo, Manila in the Philippines….It reminds me too that we cannot really say that we are a super powerful country just because we could host the Olympics…..if some of our people suffer from poverty…Don’t you think so?….

This is happening too in my country as well….I remember way back in the 80’s when we hosted an International Film Festival in Manila…They had to rush things to finish the construction of a Film Center but then something happened to this site as it crashed and some workers were trapped inside yet were still alive…but then Imelda Marcos  who was the first lady then forced the workers to continue with the construction disregarding those who were still alive in the crashed site….And until now every time we host some ASEAN meetings they had to relocate shanties who could be a not so pleasing view to be caught by the eyes of foreign visitors….Isn’t it a shame?….I don’t know why we have to hide the truth…..sometimes I am guilty of this too….We can’t humble ourselves….we are so afraid that we might not be accepted for who we are….I hope we could really face the truth and be proud of who we really are….


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