At the annual gathering of Manila’s foreign press, guests from the American diplomatic corps and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) surprised us by bursting into song.
It was a first for the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), to be serenaded by those we interview.
The song came with this intro –
Those who have suffered through Manila’s terrible traffic will appreciate the following, sung to the tune of “Jingle Bells.”
I don’t know who wrote the lyrics. But whoever did it must have been greatly inspired by being stuck in a car FOR HOURS.
I remember, I was once stuck on Edsa for FIVE HOURS a few days before Christmas.
In that same time, I could have flown to Singapore, taken a taxi to Orchard Road and checked in at a hotel.
So next time you’re stuck, whip out your mobile, go to my site and sing this song at the top of your voice.
My thanks to Heli Buenaventura, FOCAP’s Girl Friday, for sending me the lyrics.
And to fellow FOCAP member Melo Acuña who gave me the idea for this post when he wrote the following on Facebook:
They must remember Metro Manila’s the window to the country, from the airport to the seaport and the routes to the north and south expressways. If MMDA can’t even solve the traffic problem, how much more can they address the other concerns?
Just a disclaimer: The song is not an official reflection of the sentiments of the US Embassy or AmCham.
But I totally agree with the lyrics. Here they are below.
After reading them, you can click on the video I took. Sorry I did not catch the beginning of their singing.
Traffic Christmas carol
(Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)
Traffic jam, traffic jam, traffic all the way.
What a pain, it is to drive, on Manila’s streets today.
We will all be late
For the office or a date
Jeepneys choke the streets
Taxis you just hate
Buses block the way
People clog the lane
All we can do is shout and curse,
It’s driving me insane!
Traffic jam, traffic jam, traffic all the way,
What a pain, is it to drive, on Manila’s streets today!”
NOTE: I’m on a brief vacation right now to spend time with my hubby and son and to recharge.
I hope to upload one more piece before Sunday. But I promise to be back writing about politics after the New Year :)