Monday 18 April 2011

Toughest Place to be a Bus Driver - a BBC Documentary

This BBC documentary really tugged at my heartstrings. If you haven’t seen it yet, this is a BBC documentary of a London bus driver who goes to our country to be a bus (jeepney) driver in Manila. He meets Mang Rogelio, a jeepney driver who shows him the ropes, and lives with Mang Rogelio’s family in a very humble (literally small) house located in the slums area.

The documentary also introduced me to “pagpag”; leftover food (as in tira-tira na ng ibang tao) from fast food chains are collected, cleaned and cooked again. A lot of people actually buy and eat it because it’s very cheap! So sad :(

Many of us Filipinos just think of ourselves and our immediate families and/or relatives. As long as our loved ones are alright, we are happy. We are so used to seeing beggars at our streets and slums littering our city skylines that most of our less fortunate kababayans’ living conditions do not touch us anymore. But I hope this documentary will spread awareness to show a little bit of care to our countrymen who are not as blessed as we are.

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