Monthly Archives: August 2009

How much is your P2 worth to a boy (and the lesson of plastic bag)

I was at the chicken section of the Manggahan Market last night and was haggling with the lady vendor when someone touch my right arm. Even before I could turn my head I knew it was another persistent seller of sando plastic bag. I’m preparing to drive him away when I saw this little boy who is about three and a half feet and wearing a ragged blue shirt and tattered black short. His right eye has some condition. I don’t know if it is a cataract, but his iris (the colored part of eye) is all white. His eyes were droopy making him look more piteous. I don’t really need another sando bag. I’m carrying three small ones for the stuff that I bought. Instead of getting the plastic bag, I just gave him P2. If I have a bigger amount in my pocket I would have given him more than that. His face lightened up when I said he can have the coins and his bag. He uttered thank you in a muffled voice and walk away.

(~Disposable plastic bags takes thousands of years to degrade in landfill. I don’t feel less guilty in using one. I don’t even promote its use. So next time I won’t forget to bring my bayong (reusable plastic bag made of sturdy material) to my next visit to the market.~)

Old woman’s woes (and the 40 richest Filipinos)

Hubby was waiting for me at the waiting shed in front of the school ground this morning while I’m meeting with my kids’ teachers and get their report card. He decided to wait outside thinking that it won’t take me long. I had some concerns to discuss with the teachers about my kids’ performance in class besides there are other mothers who were there before me so I have to wait for a while. Hubby was looking after our motorcycle parked nearby when he saw an old and frail-looking woman sitting, resting just beside him on the bench. He said she was slowly counting her money in 20 peso bills and coins apparently she earned from selling a few pieces of foams (for dish washing). Beside her was a sack-load of wares. He said the old woman kept her money in a small wallet and hid it safely in her pant’s pocket. Considering her age the old woman should be staying at home but from the looks of it hubby said she could be the one supporting her family. The small amount of money will help them get by for a day. In hubby’s mind he was thinking life isn’t fair for the old woman and the others like her who have barely enough to spend when in reality there are people who are spending so much money on food and travel alone.

Just before posting this entry hubby share this info he was reading on line: 40 richest Filipinos got richer.

Forbes’ 40 richest Filipinos

2009 rank Net worth($milion) Age 2008 rank Net worth($million)

1 Henry Sy 3,800 84 1 3,100
2 Lucio Tan 1,700 75 2 1,500
3 Jaime Zobel de Ayala 1,200 75 3 1,200
4 Andrew Tan 850 57 4 700
5 John Gokongwei 720 82 6 680
6 Tony Tan Caktiong 710 59 5 690
7 Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. 660 74 7 610
8 Enrique Razon Jr. 620 49 8 525
9 Manuel Villar 530 59 11 425
10 George Ty 515 76 9 435
11 Emilio Yap 510 83 12 420
12 Inigo & Mercedes Zobel 440 NA 10 430
13 Beatrice Campos 410 NA 14 325
14 Vivian Que Azcona 390 NA 13 360
15 Oscar Lopez 350 79 16 240
16 Andrew Gotianun 310 81 17 235
17 David Consunji 300 88 26 105
18 Robert Coyiuto Jr. 290 56 Not in 2008 top 40 list
19 Alfonso Yuchengco 230 86 18 200
20 Mariano Tan 180 NA 19 195
21 Menardo Jimenez 160 77 21 129
22 Gilberto M. Duavit 159 74 22 127
23 Felipe Gozon 135 69 25 110
24 Jon Ramon Aboitiz 125 60 24 125
25 Betty Ang 120 NA 29 80
26 Alfredo Ramos 115 65 23 126
27 Manuel Zamora Jr. 110 69 20 130
28 Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. 90 88 37 45
29 Tomas Alcantara 75 63 30 75
30 Benjamin Romualdez 70 79 Not in 2008 top 40 list
31 Wilfred Uytengsu Sr. 65 81 34 55
32 Lourdes Montinola 60 81 31 68
33 Luis Virata 56 55 15 270
34 Eugenio Lopez III 55 57 28 85
35 Enrique Aboitiz 53 87 35 50
36 Philip Ang 50 68 33 63
37 Jesus Tambunting 45 72 38 40
38 Frederick Dy 40 54 36 49
39 Rolando & Rosalinda Hortaleza 39 50/52 27 90
40 Marian Rosario Fong 38 NA Not in 2008 top 40 list

It made me wonder how many persons on the list are willing to help or could be helping a foam seller like the old woman in my story.