Of Monsters Spaceships and Sofas in the Afternoon Sun.

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      Like it says in the heading above, this blog is all about my passionsparagliding, photography, social commentary, art and food. So far I’ve covered the first 3. And from the proddings of friends and co-bloggers I am baring a little bit more of my soul through this blog by showing-off my artwork.
Art has been something which I’ve had a passion for for quite a long time–I remember spacing-out and retreating to a fantasy world filled with monsters and spaceships of my own creation in boring class sessions in elementary and high-school. Being part of the art club in school and joining art contests. Although despite my little talent I’ve always struggled with it in the sense that despite the encouraging results that I get whenever I do get up the courage to do a piece of work, I always have a hard time making the next piece. It takes many forms — procrastination, analysis paralysis, fear of failure and a lot of other excuses. Maybe by writing about it in this blog and showing it here I can eventually gather up enough courage and inspiration to do more.

Manila in Crisis–threat of looming “Lawn Condominium”

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The other day as I was heading down to Fort Santiago along Roxas Boulevard, i noticed that there were several billboards on the front lawn of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. An unusual sight as the CCP lawn was normally kept clear so that people would have an unobstructed view of the facade of the CCP, the fountains and the long sweeping driveway leading up to the entrance of the main hall. It wasn’t just one billboard but a whole slew of them blocking the view and causing an eyesore. Upon closer inspection I was quite surprised to see the contents of the billboards themselves–it said quite plainly ” On this site will rise xxxxx condominiums” !!! What!!?? Imagine the shock, surprise and indignation that went through my mind as the prospect of having yet another row of eyesore condominiums spring up in the Metro  and not only that, it was going to be placed right in front of the CCP!!

All I could think of was–whose brain-fart is this? Another fine example of Government’s Urban Planning; or lack thereof. Also, are we so poor and desperate that we need to sell off part of our nation’s cultural heritage–aren’t we supposed to be in a strong growth cycle just now (until the next political genius throws a monkey-wrench in the works). So why the need to sell the lot? I’m in the hope that maybe it’s all just a stupid joke and the sale will be rescinded.

Other countries in the Asian region have a very strong preservation ethic when it comes to their historical and cultural structures–countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and even ultra-modern Japan know the value of preserving their old buildings. Old buildings lend a charm and character to any area that they’re found. A living historical record which is hard to recapture once gone.

     So take heed ; not only is Manila in crisis from the trash in it’s streets and the pollution from buses and jeepneys and it’s general disarray, it also stands to have one of it’s greatest icons defaced.