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Life Around Barangay Bel-Air

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It was my filler’s longing to drive around the Central Business District (CBD) of Makati in a motorized bike but was advised against it because of the carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons released from all types of vehicles passing through the area that could trigger a severe attack of rhinitis.

Though one day when the weather was just for walking, my filler was surprised to notice a golf cart plying around the streets of Barangay Bel-Air then stopped along VIllar Street to pick-up an old lady.

Curios, my filler asked around. And here’s what was gathered: the six-to-seven-seater golf cart being operated by Barangay Bel-Air. It is for the use of the Barangay’s employees who have to do business at the Makati Municipal Hall as well service/ferry senior citizens leaving around the area.


Others may also plug down the golf cart for a ride.

Lest it be misconstrued as electioneering with the Barangay election scheduled this October 30, which by the way has been declared a holiday by Junior, this space is not endorsing any one.

It’s just a salute to the officials as well as the Makati Mayor for initiating this project as it provides relative comfort to the people living and working around the Barangay.

My filler likewise gathered that there’s one similar golf cart servicing Barangay Legaspi, the other side of the CBD area.


This good gesture, though, was negated by the recent untoward experience of my filler, who had to go around the block and pass through the underground from the other side of Ayala Avenue simply because the gate that allows senior citizens, persons with disability and pregnant women to use to directly cross over to Ayala triangle was closed when it was nearly 2 p.m.

You see my filler has dual citizenship – a Filipino and a proud holder of that coveted senior citizen’s card, which some of our relatives and love ones have been deprived of as they already passed on and crossed over to the other side without reaching the ripe age.

As a form of exercise, my filler walks around the Ayala Triangle, even crossing over to the Greenbelt area and back using the small gate. It’s not comprehensible that the gate had to be padlocked when it was a working day.

Taken for granted and for the sake of discussion that the one who holds the key and who normally assists those crossing using the small gate, took a lunch break, then, why padlock? 

Although the small gate is open during weekends, I believe it should not be padlocked particularly during working days.  

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