Em and I were chatting and end up with Hugh Dancy, a British actor who usually play a charming role on love-story-themed-movies. We googled him right away and found out that his wife is Claire Danes. This comes up under Controversy on Danes' life in Wikipedia: In 1998, just after the filming of Brokedown Palace in Manila, she was quoted in Vogue as saying that Manila was a "ghastly and weird city."She further remarked in Premiere that the city "smelled of cockroaches, with rats all over and that there is no sewage system and the people do not have anything—no arms, no legs, no eyes."
People were ferocious of what she said and even declared as Persona Non Grata. I've been here in Manila for almost 6yrs. Commute is a part of my life here. And I can say that one part of what she said is right. Manila overall doesn't smell rats and cockroaches, but there are places in fact, quite many. I tell you, I even know when to hold my breath so I won't smell the rotting garbage. Filthy streets and the worst stink of canals.
I hope the election candidates did well on removing their craps on Manila walls. And I hope they would prioritize cleaning up the city. And we, people, should start to know proper disposal of waste.
Picture here in the right is one of the many garbage you will see. I forgot to upload this one last night, just as I was on my way home and thinking about the stinking smell.