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carlos celdran

OOh. I likey this one. Dramatic.

Ashley Bowers

Looks worse than a warzone looks liek a bomb went off!

charlotte

This is a brilliant photo, Sidney. The rubbish and decay below the sign makes for a very strong image. And thank you for the informative link.

Alicia

Very stark contrasts with the condition of the environment. The posters of "Crash" add irony.

Dylan

to Rock: au contraire, this area isn't exactlty an impoverished area. I am sure Mr Sydney has a long shot of this location. This was taken infront of the decaying Luneta Hotel, a rotting memory of what once was a grand past. It is right smack in the middle of a busy area: Roxas Blvd cor tM Kawal. Very near it are the US Embassy, Casino Español, etc. If given the chance, do visit this area and admire the building's details: gargoyles resting on eaves, human faces supporting the balconies among other things.

valerie

wow...

Alexandra

This shot speaks volumes, the truth laid bare perhaps. :-|

Paul

Very nice documentary shot. It's been years since I was keeping with with politics in your country -- I suspect many, many things have changed.

Storm Crypt

Hello Sidney, thanks for dropping by my blog.

I've read your write-up, and I guess you are right, she's not all to blame. Literally and figuratively what you said is true. Its stupid to take sides these days when the country needs cleaning. I hope all Filipinos has conviction as much as your write-up does.

To add to your write-up, the president is not to be blamed alone, for the most part, it is the Filipinos, the root cause is - we forgive and forget so easily, that's why we never develop as a people as fast as we should have. Currently, both the administration and opposition people are sh-itting up on the people's money.

The system is jammed with selfishness and so are the people. This is only the country where politics is like showbiz, and showbiz people become actual politicians. While showbiz personalities joining politics is normal in other countries, none, is as frequent as the full moon as with Philippines.

The country needs a rebirth and maybe a bloodbath. And maybe then, it can learn.

jane

A great documentary shot Sidney.

max

just as rome wasnt build in a day, i will judge her based on her 10 point agenda ..

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President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's 10-point Agenda

http://www.news.ops.gov.ph/pgma_10point-agenda.htm

1. The creation of six million jobs in six years via more opportunities given to entrepreneurs, tripling of the amount of loans for lending to small and medium enterprises and the development of one to two million hectares of land for agricultural business.

2. The construction of new buildings, classrooms, provision of desks and chairs and books for students and scholarships to poor families,

3. The balancing of the budget,

4. The "decentralization" of progress around the nation through the use of transportation networks like the roll-on, roll-off and the digital infrastructure,

5. The provision of electricity and water supply to barangays nationwide,

6. The decongestion of Metro Manila by forming new cores of government and housing centers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,

7. The development of Clark and Subic as the best international service and logistic centers in the region,

8. The automation of the electoral process,

9. A just end to the peace process, and

10. A fair closure to the divisiveness among the Edsa 1, 2 and 3 forces.

Ricardo

I do not know the situation pólitica the Philippines, but desire that leaves chosen the best one to lider and than improves the situation of the Philippine ones.

ChickyBabe

Stark contrast from the smiling face to the decay below...symbolic.

JAMIE

Irony that her photo is next to CRASH?

denver

yeah, you've got your point, and I go with Kristyns comment... :-)

Mila

Hi, I responded to your comment on my blog (watergirl) re: apartments. I'm such a web newbie I don't know how to email you once the responses do come in, so if you have time just go back to the post. Thanks! Mila

Kristyn

Yes, she is not entirely to blame, the country was already f**ked up before I left.

Rock

From the location of the poster it looks like this is an incredibly impoverished area. A huge contrast with the positive message of the campaign poster.

Paul

I don't envy her having her job. Mind you, I guess she ran for president, so she must know what she's doing.

Hope it gets turned around fast.

NoelG

The billboard is another one of Gloria's, run of the mill, propaganda. The setting appropriately shows the result of government programs under her leadership.

The buck stops here, says Truman. With Gloria, the buck never gets anywhere.

alex

Nice shot, the contrast between the new/expensive poster and the old wall make think about what's going on.

emma

i like the way you included so much of the rubble and ruin in the frame - it frames the president well.

pieterbie

Love it: poster showing her triumphantly above an unattractive mess.

Yvette

Hey YOU! Let you know that you are one of my fav photobloggers and your pictures give so much information as what is going on. I am truly filipino and I am proud of it..sad how things are running in Phillipines and people on rich side need to open their hearts to help poor people. Sad! And also, thank you so much for your comment on my blog and if you want me to scrap on your son, e-mail me with 300 resoultion of your kids and I will see what I can do...ok? Merry Christmas!

roberman

Very singular contrast: gloria for me means "glory"

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