Monday, October 31, 2011

As If Taal Volcano Wasn't Good Enough


IMITATION is the sincerest form of flattery, only if it’s done in good taste.

More than a week ago, news spread of Governor Vilma Santos' idea of putting a Batangas Hollywood-like sign over Taal Volcano. That was really just in time for Halloween. It scared the peanuts out of me. That’s scarier than The Exorcist on a perpetual play loop.

Seriously, more netizens found it hilarious, hence, the avalanche of ridicule. A few days after the announcement, the more graphically skilled stone throwers created their own mock ups to… well, mock the proposal. My favorite is this one by Darwin Dela Cruz.


Darwin’s idea is a lot more appropriate to allocate tax money to than Gov. V’s.

In her own defense, Gov. V says people are overreacting. The proposal is still up for discussion, but really, the fact that they even thought about it…

V’s defenders were quick to say the sign will help boost tourism. I don’t know about travelling to places just to see signs (unless it’s the Hollywood sign) but if I were to visit Taal Volcano, I would go there with the intention of seeing the volcano, not some sign!

9 comments:

  1. You're correct on that! Plus - what will the sign do for the Eco-tourism within the Taal Volcano area? They should be promoting Eco-Tourism and cleanliness to boost tourism, not some show. Maybe - making a site to promote Batangas, pay some crazy blogger to blog about Batangas to promote tourism (parang yung world's best job ata yun), the ideas are endless..........

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  2. I've actually climbed to the top and walked on the rim of Taal Volcano. Honestly, a sign would be redundant and just plain silly.
    -MaryFGR

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  3. Japi, tama ka diyan. Taal itself is the attraction... Mary, I'll be going there this January. Can't wait :)

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  4. Jesus I hope you're not afraid of heights and you have good balance because the rim of a volcano is not roomy. You can't put one food next to the other, it's always in front! IN FRONT!
    -MaryFGR
    P.S. do not make a joke of losing your balance my "pretending" to wobble. IT. IS. DANGEROUS.
    -MaryFGR

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  5. Ah... so it's a slim rim. Eeeks... maybe i'll watch from afar then. Haha

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  6. How true! Gov. V. is looking for ideas in the wrong place. Taal is not Hollywood. Taal is not iconic because of its pop stars and bitchy socialites. Taal is iconic because of its geological and natural beauty. And their tourism should harbor on those two things. I definitely agree with the comments above.

    Cheers!
    Kert

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  7. Thanks for dropping by Kert. I couldn't have said it any better :)

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  8. It's a ridiculous idea. It will just kill nature!

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  9. I agree Boris. The attraction is Taal not the sign. tsk tsk

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