let’s paint the town red and green and yellow


Somebody knocked the heads of some government officials and brought out some sense and sensibility to rehabilitate the roads (and areas) leading to and from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Finally, somebody realized that the dismal state of the local highways surrounding the airport imparts a not so beautiful sight to arriving and departing tourists, something which I always complain of given that I am a local. Call me a concerned citizen.

You see, the roads leading to and from NAIA is just ugly, an eyesore, and purely third world. There is no tree-lined smog-free boulevard here. There is no expansive bridge connecting an airport-on-an-island to the city center. There is no miles-long flyover that frees the jet-lagged tourists from a bout with stress and traffic madness.

While the other route going to the airport offers a scenic view of the Manila Bay with its famous sunset and recently installed lamp posts that look like giant cotton balls in neon and steel, the other avenue leading to and from the airport is lined with shabby houses and other urban eye sore. The solution? Local government will be painting these houses with fresh coats in a flurry of colors. The roads will also be widened to perhaps allow for fast, traffic-free transition. Other developments will also be placed to create a better looking area surrounding the airport.

With this million-dollar redevelopment plan, our bid to boost local tourism goes beyond the beaches of Boracay, the lush urbanscapes of Makati, the rich history surrounding and confined in the walls of Manila. It actually starts with giving a first good impression about our city infrastructures and landscaping. And ends with the last few kilometers and a lasting impression that the Philippines is a beautiful place to visit, which it actually is.

(Photo is just representative. It’s actually a row of houses in Norway, found in the cover of Teach Yourself Norwegian: Complete Course).


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