Friday

On Manila Taxi Drivers

"Dealing with Manila taxi drivers is a more complex proposition. It requires persistence, persuasion, guile, and an unbendable will. I have long believed that there is a secret society of cabbies which formulates the rules for choosing passengers.

Cabbies may refuse a passenger on the grounds that her destination is too near, her destination is too far, traffic en route to her destination is too bad, and my personal favorite: he's not going that way."
- Jessica Zafra, "Twisted Travels", (Manila) 2007

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12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country

1. Follow traffic rules. Follow the law. 2. Whenever you buy or pay for anything, always ask for an official receipt. 3. Don’t buy smuggled goods. Buy Local. Buy Filipino. 4. When you talk to others, especially foreigners, speak positively about us and our country. 5. Respect your traffic officer, policeman and soldier. 6. Do not litter. Dispose your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve. 7. Support your church. 8. During elections, do your solemn duty. 9. Pay your employees well. 10. Pay your taxes. 11. Adopt a scholar or a poor child. 12. Be a good parent. Teach your kids to follow the law and love our country. - Alexander L. Lacson, Lawyer and Author