“Imagine there’s no…”

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Just came back from my visit to Vigan, Ilocus Sur, to fulfill an invitation from Pastor John Eric Cabada to preach at United Evangelical Church in Vigan. In addition to being impressed with its historic scenes, I also noticed that it’s very clean, orderly, and not very loud. In other words, it didn’t leave the usual impression of the usual chaotic street scenes of Philippine cities.

Why is it unusually orderly? As soon as I was in Manila again, I knew the answer: Vigan has no jeepneys. It’s not by design, of course, but because the streets are very narrow, originally designed only for calesas and people. But the benefits of having no jeepneys is “unimaginable.” So in addition to its orderliness, there’s no air pollution and big traffic jams.

I thought… if only all Philippine cities, especially Metro Manila, are like Vigan. Can you imagine?

Imagine there’s no jeepney
It’s easy if you try
No lawless drivers
And no loud barkers too
Imagine all commuters coming in on time.

Imagine no air pollution
It isn’t hard to do
Not squeezed like sardines
And no chaos too
Imagine all employees riding home in ease.

Imagine no blaring radio
I wonder if you can
No need to buy earplugs
And sit with stinky, sweaty men
Imagine all commuters, in an A-C bus.

You may say I’m a dreamer,
But I’m not the only one
I hope Filipinos will wake up
And Manila will be like Vigan.

(with apologies to the late John Lennon)





About Nollie

Associate Pastor of Trinity United Reformed Church in Walnut Creek, CA. Assigned as missionary to the Philippines. Lives just outside Metro Manila with wife and daughter. Three older boys live and work in CA.