Who says that Filipinos spend the Holy Week Break (Thursday-Sunday) at home or churches reflecting and praying amidst the heat of summer? The traffic along Aguinaldo Highway in Cavite leading to the Tagaytay rotonda showed that majority of Filipinos (Metro Manila residents particularly) do not spend this time of the year doing their penitence and contemplating on their sins.
But then again, I was just exagerating. Though traffic in the said national road was really bad and it started last Thursday morning. I heard from a colleague that the same was true the following day (Good Friday).
Luckily, I was not among those who took the said route. I was lucky enough to have passed the Santa Rosa exit in the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and found my way towards Southwood which shortened my travel time towards the Picnic Grove in Tagaytay. And guess what? the picnic grove was jampacked as early as 9 in the morning.
Meanwhile, last Saturday, I went to Taytay Rizal for a whole day of swimming at Club Manila East.
And you guessed it right, the place was fully packed as well. If this tells of the current economic crisis, seems like majority of the Filipinos are minding not only the heat of the summer sun but the heat of the Philippine economy as well.
Yes, the Club Manila East offers an affordable and not so far place where you can dip into the waters for one whole day. I just hate the fact that you can’t bring your own food and drinks inside the resort. Not even your own distilled or purified bottled water.