Thursday, January 20, 2005

Calle Street

I’ve always enjoyed riding the red tricycles plying the streets of my barangay*. And no, it’s not the exhilarating speed which makes me feel like Schumacher in his equally-crimson Ferrari. Rather, it’s the unique scenery whizzing past my eyes, which - weirdly enough - provokes deep, ‘socially-relevant’ thoughts.

You see, there’s this road called Calle** Street. Obviously a repetitive name, but that’s where the redundancy ends. The two sides of the street are not replicas of each other; the houses, parked vehicles, and even the pet dogs of each side are strikingly different.

When I ride a tricycle and pass through Calle Street, I can’t stop comparing the old, ramshackle, wooden houses of the left side of the road to the palatial, concrete mansions of the right. Parked on the left side are several FX taxis, a jeepney, and a dented Volkswagen Beetle on its last wheels. On the right, Ford Expeditions and top-of-the-line sedans charge forth from the mansions’ gates. The left sidewalks are home to emaciated mongrels, while the right-side Dalmatians and Rottweilers chase them away when the latter's masters take them out for a walk.

In this little swath of our barangay, a famous expression is given new meaning.

Two sides of the coin, two sides of the street.

*In the Philippines, some sort of 'community within a city'; an administrative subdivision. Visit this link for more.
**Spanish for 'Street'. Spanish ceased to be an official Philippine language in 1973.


Blogger  said...

Wow, complete with footnotes and links pa. :)

Heroo! :) Ang cool naman nun street na yun, makikita mo yun pagkakaiba talaga. Sobrang magkalapit lang.

9:44 AM  
Blogger  said...

BTW, sasali si Perci diyan sa ACM niyo. Hahaha. :P

9:44 AM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

hero daw o :p yup, si jeric nga daw nagyaya sa kanya e, pati sa madami pa nating ka-batchmate sa Pisay.

about the street: well, ganyan talaga buhay, kahit sa isang kalye kitang-kita mo na yung discrepancies of life.

12:48 PM  
Blogger kuya said...

Simple literature. It's up to the readers to complete the text.

Calle Street... The road that divides...

6:44 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

Jonas said: "Calle Street..the road that divides..."

Boo-yeah! I like that line, man :)

10:49 PM  
Blogger ia said...

the two sides of my street?

cars, dogs, cats, kids and yellowing concrete blocks with four rows of dark rectangles (they're milk cartons with roofs)...

...and modest rice terraces on which the sun sets. (last jan 1 i realized it was an a-ok spot for fireworks displays too.)

it feels like i come home to a provincial setting everyday. it isn't a new feeling; sometimes it doesn't even come over me when i worry about other things, but i'm thankful for the view most of the time.

i think the yellow jeepneys make me think like this. that or the long ride home.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

ia said: it feels like i come home to a provincial setting everyday.

haha, i can't relate. our street is choking with both smoke and noise, most coming from the countless tricycles whizzing by every day. we're right smack in the middle of the urban jungle.

6:57 PM  

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