“Nonsense talaga ang mga atake sa dolomite e.”
This is the reaction of former La Salle professor Van Ybiernas on critics attacking the use of dolomite sand in the beautification project of Manila Bay.
Ybiernas cited five (5) reasons to support his assertion that the attack of dolomite is nonsense.
First, Ybiernas remarked that no one really believe the dolomite sand will not experience a reduction in terms of volume with the passing of days, months or years.
“Unang-una, wala naman yatang naniniwala na hindi mababawasan ang dolomite dahil sa bagyo o pagkilos ng dagat.”
On critics saying the money should have been used instead in purchasing food, Ybiernas reasoned that what is being fed with the dolomite is the spirit or the soul not the flesh. He used the example of men buying flowers for their Mom or girlfriend to drive home his point.
“Pangalawa, pagkain na lang daw sana ang binili. Boss, kagaya yan ng lahat ng beautification project, yung spirit ang pinapakain dyan, hindi yung flesh. Kung hindi mo pa nabilhan ng bulaklak ang misis o gelpren mo, o kaya ay ilang dosenang lobo para sa bertdey ng anak mo, hindi mo yan mauunawaan.”
Third, on critics saying it was a waste of money. Ybiernas once again used the analogy above, and that no one believe the flower you purchased and gave to your mother/girlfriend will not wither but you still buy it anyway knowing it is a waste of money.
“Pangatlo, sayang daw yung pera. Puta, sino ba ang naniniwala na hindi malalanta ang bulaklak na ibinigay mo kay misis o kaya ay puputok/mawawalan ng helium ang lobo na binili mo para sa bertdey ni bunso? Pero binibili mo pa rin kahit “sayang ang pera” kasi…”
Fourth, for the sake argument, Ybiernas agreed that the budget for buying dolomite was instead used to purchase food, he figured it would be enough to feed one or two cities in Metro Manila anyway. However, the beauty of buying dolomite can be felt by the entire nation and even the world can appreciate it. That’s because the Manila Bay and sunset are iconic.
“Pang-apat, kung ipinagbili yan ng pagkain ewan kung isa o dalawang ciudad sa Metro Manila ang mapapakain mo. Pero yung kagandahan ng dolomite ay buong bansa —pati na ibang bansa— ang nakaka-appreciate. Iyan ang iconic na Manila Bay at Manila Bay sunset, boss.”
Fifth, Ybiernas said the hope brought about by the dolomite is worth every penny. He likened it to the hope that it is possible to transform something ugly into something beautiful.
“Pang-lima, sulit na sa akin yung pag-asang dala ng dolomite. Yun bang pag-asang kaya natin pagandahin ang pangit. Aba’y dapat nga matuwa dyan ang oposisyon lalo na si PAB, di ba?”
Source: Van Ybiernas