Day after Christmas, we finally had a chance to go.
You have probably seen this street on TV for several years now, especially during the holiday season, to have a lot of Christmas Decorations on all the houses residing there, including a flea market as a tourist attraction.
Sad thing about it is several friends and I have tried going there twice but we got lost so it was only this time that it finally pushed through.
To our disappointment, there were only 4 of I think 30 houses on that street were lighted.
We have managed to have our pictures by the houses that were there. Only then we saw the signs saying that what made Policarpio stand out in previous years is no more:
Even the flea market is gone. But they have managed to put stalls on the adjacent street (Ilagan), where you can find the latest trend on fashion, specifically clothing, bags and other gift items.
Looking at this sign made me instinctively want to kill the previous companions I had on trying to find this place years back. Like, they shouldn’t have been guys who were to proud to ask for directions or that had decided to give up right away after getting quite miserably lost for a couple of times.
I can not really blame the neighborhood association for deciding on doing this. It is really just a pity of having a tradition gone in an instant. Sure, we can go to Greenhills to view the latest C.O.D. display and we can go to the other commercial areas that have the good lights. Thing is, there is a distinct flavor of the Policarpio Street during the holidays that feels so much like home as it is in the residential area so now that it is hanging by a thread, it’s so sad. Maybe if they had commericalized the place (like charging people to enter the street and such), the tradition might have survived. It might put a bad taste for a bit, but I’m sure people will understand.
Then maybe next year, we can find a new homey venue to go to that is not so commercial.
- Policarpio Unoc : Philippines (kiva.org)
- Things That Bother Me-Excessive Christmas Decorations (pdykie.wordpress.com)