Three years ago, I was in the Philippines and I was amazed at all the changes I saw. That was not only prevalent in the metropolis but also in the provinces that I have been to, that particular year. My most recent trek which was earlier this month, was all the more shocking because the landscape in the Makati area has changed quite a bit. I don’t think I can drive anymore because the familiar route I used to take also changed. In 2005, immediately the following day after our arrival, I was out on the road driving. This time around, I didn’t have the courage to venture out with myself behind the steering wheel. My brother couldn’t believe what he heard as I had to keep saying no to driving. It was a total opposite to what I did three years ago.
In Ilocos Norte, the change is even more noticeable. Suddenly our town is so crowded with a lot of new establishments which makes driving even more hard. There are two giant malls(one locally owned and the other one is a chain from one of the biggies in Manila) that are about to be erected. Prices of real estate have been rising steadily, it’s just a matter of waiting for the perfect time to dispose of them and cash in big. All of a sudden the little sleepy town that I used to know is now steadily becoming a major business hub.
Change is inevitable, and as we all know it has always been the only constant in this life.