No, thank you
Filipinos may soon spend every October 20 to celebrate the Bayanihan spirit with a “National Thank You Day,” if a bill pending in the House of Representatives is passed into law.
The Congressperson responsible for this bit of inanity is Cynthia Villar, wife of presidential wannabe Manny Villar. Honestly, the House of Representatives seems like one big clubhouse where people just mill around in a self-satisfied daze and occasionally coming up with silly bills, about which they no doubt congratulate themselves and believe would greatly improve the condition of the country. From the looks of the article, it seems that Cynthia Villar was so horribly upset by the Reader’s Digest Canada survey on common courtesies, which had Manila landing on the 22nd spot, and is now pulling out all the stops to rocket Manila to the top spot.
Most courteous city. Yeah, that achievement will definitely turn the world on its head and make everyone groan in defeat and fall to their knees in admiration. It will improve the lives of people, surely. Foreign investors will swoop in by the droves, corruption, unstable political climate, and the occasional trouble in Mindanao be damned. “Say what you will about Manila, but boy, that city is really courteous.”
While we’re at it, let’s have a National Fuck You Day, too. On second thought, scratch that. It happens every day anyway, especially when the so-called esteemed lawmakers give us all a big “Fuck you” every time they sit around uselessly and come up with stupid ideas that don’t help anyone.