April 28, 2012

Earthballing the Pines of Baguio City Will Revitalize the City Says Former Press Secretary

In his latest piece in his Chaff from the Grain column in the Manila Bulletin newspaper, Hector R.R. Villanueva wrote "The SM expansion should be a welcome contribution to Baguio’s revitalization." Villanueva, who refers to himself as a Former Press Secretary in his columns is basically saying Baguio needs SM to become Baguio again.

Baguio is a "decaying  and aging summer resort" and there is "no doubt" in the former press secretary's mind that "SM Baguio has transfused new life and energy" into the city. Now, how you will understand Villanueva's statement will depend on your definition of what "new life and energy" is. But I think he's saying it's more fun in Baguio because of SM. I get his drift. And in many ways, he is right. But please don't go as far as say that the city's decay is being fixed by the emergence of the mall. The "reeks of diesel fuel" and the immobilization due to "traffic congestion" are in part caused by the mall. Isn't that the "new life" you are talking about? New movie theaters. New stores. New coffee shops. New stages. New cars.

It's also ironic how Villanueva started his article with a quote by Joyce Kilmer that says “I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree… Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.". 

Click here to read Villanueva's article. SM has also reposted the article on their website here.

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