Calamba was one of Jose Rizal’s childhood place of upbringing. He and his family lived there for quite some time. There he spent his childhood years and fond memories were made.
The local government of Calamba takes pride of the fact that Jose Rizal resided in Calamba; they believe they produced one of the greatest men in Philippine history. I believe they also dub themselves as the City of Pride, can’t see it though. Well partly yes, all thanks to SM Development Corporation!
But as the smoky and noisy roads become silent, this “City of Pride” puts on a different face, a face our national hero would be disgusted to look at, a face recognized worldwide and dates back thousands of years. This profession that has been inseparable with man and society: prostitution. Yes, the oldest profession in the book is pretty much alive in the city. You might be wondering why I know of such thing. I know this because I sometimes go home late when I have an exam, and that long wait in the jeepney makes you observe the few lively people on the streets chasing cars as if they have caught a very fresh fish and they want you to buy it. And if the windows go down, the “fish dealer” points somewhere, and the car followed that direction, then a sexy woman dressed in red(or in any enticing color and attire ) mysteriously appear, all there is to it is the price negotiations.
Indeed Calamba is famous historically, but what we don’t know is it’s also secretly famous to the parokyanos
. I do not see any efforts from the local government in busting out this midnight business. They might reason out they did not know such acts were being done when all are asleep. But I do believe that it is the government’s job to watch over their territory and people 24/7. It might be even worse if these midnight workers have protection from the officials of the government in that said territory.
Rizal might scowl upon such sights of disgrace and lasciviousness for he knew how to value a woman, treating her as an object of admiration rather an object of desire or maybe even lust. The city has sunk to the depths of the poverty and immorality. If those women have better jobs, or lives, they would not resort to the easiest but self-tainting line of work. If only more opportunities were offered to them they would not have to sell their bodies for money.
But in the end, they themselves are the one to blame for being in that kind of situation. The government can’t give everything the mass wants. That would be spoon-feeding. The masses must also do their part; being productive by finding ways to make a living with a clean conscience and morality. With the 15th Congress opened, many are hoping for a change that will change the lives of the Filipino people. Many look at Ninoy as the person that will change it all for the better, I do hope so. It would be great if he gives his fellowmen the opportunity to uplift themselves from the poverty that forces them to do acts against the will and against the values.
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