A tribute to my Hometown


A few weeks ago, I took a leave from work to attend some personal errands. I’m thankful that everything can be accomplished within my hometown. I finished everything in less than a day. This is a much welcomed surprise, especially since I dealt with some government agencies. No long lines, waiting area is convenient and employees are accommodating.

In the course of transferring from one government agency to another, I found myself navigating places within my hometown. I didn’t mind the humid afternoon and wasn’t bothered with the threats of afternoon rain showers. I enjoyed my time walking around the city. My hometown is classified as a city, but much of it is a quiet residential community. I love its suburbs atmosphere. The city market offers the best and affordable produce. It’s a walkable city. Sidewalks are clean and wide. The roads are also clean and houses sufficient pedestrian lanes. Street lights are working and friendly people, especially those working in the barangay, are deployed for everyone. It’s easy to ask for directions. Safety is not a problem. You don’t need to own a car. Cheap, convenient and disciplined tricycle drivers are everywhere. The city is either not populated or has more than enough space to accommodate dwellers.

It’s not hard to love my hometown. Everything you need to survive is here, except for a high paying job. Unfortunately…. Unlike nearby cities like Pasig, Taguig and Quezon City, high rise buildings are a rare sight. There are only two Starbucks branches. We have several supermarkets, but no gigantic shopping malls. We have one small branch of SM, which you can navigate in less than 30 minutes. There’s only one BPO company operating. Most jobs are found in banks, City Hall, Basic Education schools, small restaurants and the few private companies. We still have a number of shoe factories, but most are operating as medium scale enterprise. The large companies producing shoes are already operating on 70% importation. Sad to say though, jobs here are quite limited. However, I would like to believe that it’s a haven for starting entrepreneurs. Rent is relatively cheaper and transactions with government agencies are fast and convenient.

As soon as I finished my errands, I decided to spent the afternoon walking around the city. Everything felt refreshing. I didn’t realize this will be a great breather. I felt safe and at peace. I wish I could held on to this for the remaining weeks or months. But I have another life away from home. I have a day job in Manila. I need to be away everyday, travel and spent time in traffic and join the thousands to millions of fellow members of the workforce to earn a decent living.

It suddenly occurred to me, I wish I can find a job within my hometown. It’s the same job I have in the city. Same pay, same stress, except that I’m conveniently housed in my peaceful hometown.