52Photos Project #18 – Wide Open Spaces

52 Photos Project

I had not participated in this project for a while. Time constraint. 😦 I make it a point though to take a peep once in a while.

Today, the theme for the gallery is WIDE OPEN SPACES which you can find here. I have a number of photos for this but I am in a different location and time. In short, said photos are not here where I am right now. I discovered through FB that there are photos depicting the theme.

The place is a local recreation space situated in Quezon City. It is called Quezon Memorial Circle, or simply ‘Circle’. As the name implies, the place is in a circular space, the center a wide open space with the shrine in the very middle of it. You can find lots of people going there on weekends to do jogging, strolling, biking, playing games, etc. At the sides are stalls that offer food and other commodities.


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People Always Forget

An earth filled barangay road.There is somewhat a sad air as we wait for the barangay election results.  Today is election day for the barangay, choosing a barangay captain and seven (7) councilors.  The reason for the melancholic atmosphere is the observed neck to neck fight between the two (2) candidates for barangay captain.  As a family that belongs to the group of people who desire change, and a strong, if not total, response against corruption, it will be sad news indeed if our bet will loose.

Patronage still rules, I guess, if the result did not do us favor.  People always forget, too, that those people did not deliver the service they ought to have given during those (more than) two decades in the seat.  As Barbara Streisand’s song goes, “What’s too painful to remember, we simple choose to forget.”  True, perhaps what is happening is that the pain of betrayal caused by corruption of those people are too difficult to accept and bear that these people will just choose to support and cling to the hope that these people will do better.  Or are Filipinos just plain stupid?  If this happens in a small unit like the barangay, what hope is left for the whole country?

It pains me to hear the many stories of corruption and yet there is a great possibility that they will be again seated and do what they do best.



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Meralco’s Service is Infuriating!


When I came home yesterday, I was told that a transformer on top of  a post was in flame the past minutes ago.  It was near an ice plant.  It was near our house.

My daughter told me that she had already called up Meralco and was advised that the service men will be coming two to four hours from the time she called. Two to four hours and the transformer was aflame ?!?! No service men came within two hours so I called up again in the midst of the panic ridden voices outside the house.  I was asked first if there is still electricity in the houses  (What is this person saying??? I wanted to shout at her and tell her if she meant  that they will not give service unless the situation is  critical or there is fire already spreading. I tried to control myself to the max.)  I was given the same details by the person on the line – the same person and the same service center branch.

The Meralco people came four hours after my daughter’s call and that branch was only ten minutes away from our house.  I immediately asked if the person was the one who was advised to check the defective transformer.  I was told that he isn’t the one.  I asked where the person was and I was again given the answer that he might have probably logged out of work.  I gave a follow up question why was it that the matter was already conveyed to them from morning and no action was given.  I was given an answer that the person might have a bigger work to attend to.  I did not continue my interview because I felt the guy was just beating around the bush.

Meralco’s service sucks big time and their mission is “to provide our customers the best value in energy, products and services.”  Are they kidding?  The quality of service was not met and it was obvious that there is noncompliance somewhere.  There are many ways to do service for customers satisfaction but then again if there is no desire to do something fruitfully and fast, there will always be reasons.  The staff of this entity needs assessment, and the entire process of attending to the complaints and concerns have to be greatly improved.

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