Tourist attractions in the Philippines
Readers of my other pages on VT will know that I like to research what I write carefully in order to give the best information I can, and sometimes this research leads to interesting discoveries. Such is the case with the Manila City Hall. I was looking at the attached website for information about the building and stumbled upon this quite wonderful quote,
"Ready or not, some day it will come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten,
Will be passed to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, to-do-list will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won't matter where you came from,
Or on what side of the tracks you live at the end.
It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought,
BUT HOW YOU BUILT.
Not what you got,
But WHAT YOU GAVE.
What will matter is not your success, but YOUR SIGNIFICANCE.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what YOU TAUGHT.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage,
Or sacrifice that will enrich, empower, or encourage others
To emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence, but YOUR CHARACTER.
What will matter is not how many people you knew.
But how many will feel a LASTING LOSS WHEN YOU'RE GONE.
What will matter is
HOW LONG YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED,
BY WHOM AND FOR WHAT.
Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstance but of CHOICE.
Choose to live a life that matters.
The capitals are not mine but I think that this stands as a very good description of the Philippines in general. A relatively new country in itself, and with what appears nto be a fairly young populace, it is looking to the future whilst remembering the past, specifically that of about 60 years ago.
To the tip itself, the City Hall is an extremely busy place and I am of the impression that you cannot access it unless you have business there. Interestingly, at the side of the building I saw a number of people with folding tables and plastic chairs offering btheir services as "notaries", basically second class lawyers. It pleased me to see the parasitic group generically called lawyers cast out in the street here they belong. My hatred of the legal profession is long, abiding and well-documented.
The building itself, even from the3 outside, is impressive and large, to the design of Antonio Toledo. Apparently, in it's early days, it was disliked by the local people but has now come t be much loved and a landmark in central Manila. It is certaqinly worth a look.