BRIAN GRUBB's Viral Video Skateboarding in Banaue Rice Terraces elicited comments from many hypocrites including one from a local Congressman who should have known better.This is an irrelevant politician trying to be relevant with an irrelevant argument.
Nakakatawa lang that people make a lot of fuss about the supposed disrespect to nature. What brain do we have?
And Ifugao Province's Congressman Teddy Baguilat Jr.didn't stop there.
BAD NEWS: WE have congressmen and politician like Mr. Baguilat who exist to threaten further improvement in the ranking.
Note: Elect more of his kind and we will surely go down the list again.
Poverty is a greater threat because starving locals will think of how to fill their empty stomachs first before they can even care for the environment. I never heard of somebody starving himself to death so as to care for the environment first.
1.drop in tourist arrivals in the area
Is this the case of "let's keep them in the dark so that we can exploit them" politics?
I'd like to quote my friend Rex Romero, a young photographer based in New York
on his private conversation with me re: the matter
If he said it in another way, perhaps: We support the video and we think it will help our tourism efforts but we will be coordinating with municipal government, the barangay and the local DOT office to come up with safety rules for future related requests so as to ensure the protection of the Unesco World Heritage Site....... --eh di sana humanga pa ako.
Perhaps we should ask the Congressman to show if any of his PORK BARREL allocations has been channeled towards the promotion of tourism in his district.
I go for tourism. It means jobs for locals and food on their table.This video will go a long way in promoting Banaue Rice Terraces and the Philippine Tourism Brand as a whole.
Bottomline is: They asked permission from the villagers, No harm was done to the paddies, this was a one-time promotional event. What is all these ruckus all about then?
Why can't we just celebrate and be thankful?