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Sophia Dawal (Soda)

1st Year - Marketing

JOURNAL #3 - THE APOLLO CENTENNIAL

Set in a rural area where plants and rivers lay open to the harsh light of the sun, the beginning
had me thinking that the period in which the whole story occurred was 20th century. Miniature
hills stood firm and upright. Waters in the river reflected the sun’s glinting. There is a high
chance that one would never expect the story to be set in a futuristic society that is 49 years away
from where we are now. It’s a technologically-advanced version of the Philippines where a
bomber jet patrolling the skies is just a normal sight for Filipinos.

The palatial, giant plastilium dome, where the exhibit of the Apollo centennial can be found, is a
paradise in the eyes of the farmer, Arcadio Nagbuya, and his two sons. The disturbing gap
between the rich and the poor is still evident even in a progressing country with modernistic
cities and improving modes of transportation. The comfort that the farmer and his children had
during their trip in the city is just momentary. One taste of elegance is enough of a heaven for the
underprivileged. After their visit to the exhibit, they were, again, faced by the reality of being
poor in a society under the iron rule of a dictator. The privileges that wealthy people have been
living with for a long time are mere glimpses, or worse, dreams for the poor. From that I also
realized the great lengths through which capitalist officials go, in order to develop a particular
area in the country and earn money from “tourism.” For them, money is more significant than the
underprivileged whose homes are often displaced for the sake of the nation’s “development.”
Behind every privilege--every taste of comfort--lies the suffering of the fortuneless.