Friday, November 07, 2008


This pretty sign post in Binondo was painted with the red and yellow paint, which from what I understand, was provided by the Manila City Hall for free for all the barangays to do the same in their respective areas.

However, some residents in Quiapo are fuming with indignation; insulted by their barangay chairman's audacity for allegedly having used the very same colors to paint the facade of a newly-built boarding house on Matapang Street that he manages for his sister, who owns it (see photo below); a major construction which no building permit was ever applied for from city hall.

The irate residents also claim that Inside this structure, at the reception area, is an imposing desk with a commanding plate that displays the chairman's name and official barangay title. And behind the desk, hanging on the wall, is a large framed photograph of the chairman with Mayor Alfredo Lim. The residents, in jest, now call this boarding house the Barangay Hall Annex.

Moreover, with other barangays holding annual town-hall-type meetings, as required by law, wherein people are told in detail what projects are being implemented or to be implemented, and how their elected barangay officials disburse their public funds, no such forum occurs here, claim the residents.

Nonetheless, whether true or not, in fairness to the barangay chairman, evidence, as always, are required
when filing formal complaints at Manila City Hall and at the appropriate DILG office against any barangay official.

Matapang Street: derived from a Tagalog word for "brave," the name was christened to
the street on August 12, 1913 and serves as a link to a time when the Marianas Islands
was under the ecclesistical jurisdiction of the Diocese of Cebu.

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posted by Señor Enrique at 11:36 AM


Blogger Sidney said...

Glad it is not pink...;-)

(Hamlet:) What news?
(Rosencrantz:) None, my lord, but that the world's grown honest.
(Hamlet:) Then is doomsday near. But your news is not true.
- William Shakespeare,

November 07, 2008 1:04 PM  

Blogger NOYPETES said...

Sana man lamang pinaghalo niya yung pula at dilaw para nag-kulay McDonalds yung building ng kapatid niya. Di pa rin na-aalis ang ugaling sakim sa kapangyarihan ang mga napagkatiwalaang mag patnubay sa ating mga mamamayan....monkey see..monkey do na siyang ginagaya ng lahat sa ating mga pinuno ng bayan.

November 07, 2008 2:46 PM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

disputes set aside, colors always brighten the neighborhood, makes it look brand spanking new.

happy weekend, senor.

November 08, 2008 1:38 AM  

Blogger nutart said...

I agree with photo cache that colors always brighten up an area. If i were in such a drab neighborhood, I would however color my home with a nice blooming garden.

I also agree with Noypetes (hahaha) McDonalds indeed!!! Baka yung lang ang paint colors na natitira sa barangay hall! :-D

November 08, 2008 8:44 AM  

Blogger Dennis Villegas said...

More than just brightening the place, the colors yellow and red are always lucky to the Chinese...You have a quite an eye on minute matters senyor...Gracias!

November 08, 2008 8:33 PM  

Anonymous bw said...

hehe.. That's a pretty bold color scheme for street houses but I like it :)

November 09, 2008 1:47 AM  

Blogger sheilamarie said...

hola senor. wow! it sure looks very bright. it's very hard not to miss the house xD i just hope the paint wasn't stolen nga

November 09, 2008 3:22 PM  

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