I’m taking SFMike’s advice and offering you some thoughts on Gavin’s Philippine Whirlwind. I’m not going to do an itinerary, because we all know that Gavin’s doing exactly what we would be doing on Manila: riding around on the back of a scooter, chomping on lumpia, buying knock-offs and checking out the red light districts. What concerns me is that lack of reverence those future Daly City residents have for GCN. Allow me to quote a recent SFGate article:
"There are so many things happening in the Philippines right now that a visit from the Mayor of San Francisco may not be on the top of the editors' minds," said Gutierrez.
Uh, yeah right Gutierrez.
"The people there are probably wondering who Newsom is. ... They might like his good looks, but they don't know who he is," said Greg Macabenta
Up yours, Greg Macarena.
Hello Manila? This man is Mayor of the very city I live in and I celebrate him every single day. I didn’t realize that ignoring fabulous was part of your culture. I fully understand that there's all kinds of political unrest and horrible typhoons about, but a little polite fanfare never hurt anybody. I’m offended by your being so blasé, like the people of Manila are doing us some big favor by putting up with the pretty boy American who stands around like an idiot, 10 feet taller than everybody, smiling and waving and drinking those drinks with beans at the bottom. Fine. Send him back. I’ll take him to Serramonte and he’ll have no idea he ever left.