Nice Video. Dirty City?

Will this video convince the people of Baguio to segregate their garbage? For their sakes, we hope it will.

Visit Padma’s blog to read her take on this garbage issue, her “piso mind” to the mayor, and a picture of the city’s newest attraction, the hanging garbage of Baguio. (Panlaban nila sa hanging gardens of Babylon at hanging coffins of Sagada ).

By the way, have you voted for us yet? Hehehe 🙂

RELATED POST: News Roundup. VIDEO CREDIT: Open Space/Baguio City Government. Hat tip: Padma.

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  1. An email from Bruce Hall that had been making the rounds has finally landed on the Inquirer’s letter box. It is precious and pertinent to many of the concerns we have discussed in the past:

    An article (“‘Acceptable presence’ new US basing plan,” Inquirer, 10/15/07) stated that the Philippines is “one small and weak country.” This statement is not true. It is a myth. It is a lie.

    The Philippines is the 12th largest country in the world. It is larger than any European country. It is larger than any but one country in Africa. It is larger than any but one country in South America. There are over 160 countries in the world smaller than the Philippines, most barely a fraction of its size; over 150 less than half its size. Metro Manila alone is bigger than half of all the countries of the world. The Roman Empire at its height only had 60 percent of the people that the Philippines has.

    Neither is the Philippines weak. To put it simply, a country that is twice the size of 90 percent of all the countries in the world is not weak. A country whose largest city is larger than most countries is not weak. Further, the Philippine economy is in the upper quartile as is the size of its military. The Philippines is an English-speaking country, giving us, in this “English-speaking” world, influence much larger than our size. Filipinos also go abroad in disproportional numbers, making many important key industries dependent upon them.

    Adding to the Philippines’ importance is that we are in Asia, a far more important corner of the world — geopolitically that is — than, say, Africa or Latin America. The Philippines has played important, influential roles in such events as World War II, the Vietnam War and the Cold War. We will be a key player in such continuing issues as the “War on Terror” and Chinese and Indian growth.

    The statement that the Philippines is small and weak is only true when the country is compared with the United States. But the United States is a historical anomaly. No country has ever been as big, powerful or dominant as the United States, particularly in the last generation or so. That country is odd. We should not look to the United States for comparison but to countries more like the Philippines, countries like Indonesia or Columbia.

    Instead of asking, “Why are we not like the United States?” we should look at countries like Nigeria, Congo, Ethiopia, Somalia, Afghanistan, and ask, “Why are we not like them?”

    BRUCE HALL (via email)

  2. bayang dugyut again, eh? people just don’t care if the garbage is not in their own backyard. one of those things that doesn’t look good to tourists 🙁

  3. Hi mygoodfinds,
    Thanks 🙂

    Hi Dean,
    Thanks. That’s a very interesting read 🙂

    Hi Tutubi,
    Hehe, oo nga. Tayong mga Pinoy daw ang linis ng bahay natin but we don’t care so much about public spaces. Thanks.

  4. it is a sad state. My girls couldn’t help but laugh everytime they saw the ‘Cleanest City’ signs all over the city.

  5. Nice Vid. Sorry Bill, I was sooo late coming to visit, I missed the voting deadline….but I still voted, LOL! Congratulations on your win.

  6. BIG BIG CONGRATS on running a great campaign and for bagging the prize!

    Tina, HI! Aww, thanks for the compliment but to keep things clear, all credits for the video should go to Karlo Altomonte of Open Space Productions.

    He’s done a lot of work that would be of interest to Baguio folk and some of it can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/user/kmaltomonte

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