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Friday, 04 April 2008 12:08

To some Filipino couples, PC does not mean “personal computer.” It means “Push Cart,” which to some families having marginal existence is their mobile “home,” if it can be called a house or a domicile.


I mentioned online two years ago the "Push Cart" (PC) couples during my two-month stay in the Philippines. I discovered three other couples who are PC Dwellers in the Singalong Subdivision in Palanan, Makati City. In fact, in one of them live a six-month-old infant son and a two-year-old daughter. The infant son was blissfully sleeping at the cardboard bottom of the pushcart, while his father was rummaging the contents of an apartment's discards, before the LEONEL Manila Basura contractor's garbage truck came by at Zobel Roxas. The daughter was playing along side, while the mom was “piloting,” oops, pushing the PC.

I mentioned earlier in my online postings that the original 2004 PC lovers have improved their mobility, that they now have a bicycle with a sidecar for family transportation. I must say that they must have practiced birth control, as they did not have a child with them during the several times that I spotted them in the various “sidewalk-sleeping quarters.” They still have a dog with them, however, a different one from what I've seen with them while they were sleeping and photographed in 2006.

There are still couples and their families who live, work ad make love and babies in their push carts in the Philippines.

This descriptive statistic is terrible. That's a 300% increase in PC-Loving Couples, just in my ancestral area.  Extrapolate that for the rest Metro Manila and vicinity. I won't be surprised that most of the PC denizens have migrated from the Visayan Islands -- Cebu, Leyte, Samar, and Biliran. In contrast, the Maranawan, Magindanaoan, and Tausug émigrés are present in almost all the malls, where they sell their wares cheaper than department stores’ merchandise. These Muslim businesspersons patronize the Jollibee, Luk Yuen, Chowking, and Max's restaurants that are located also in the malls. By the way, these restaurants do belong to a GOglomerate (sic), each one franchised from the Go clan.

Well, Filipino returning residents (the so-called “Balikbayan”) would not have observed a proliferation of PC-Loving Couples throughout Metro Manila and environs if they stayed mainly in luxury hotels. But the fact is that for all the much-vaunted economic progress of the homeland, there are still couples and their families who live, work ad make love and babies in their PC. # # #

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