Last night, a viral sharing of the post made by a certain Jasmine Vestil spread like fire all over Facebook among Butuanons.
Jasmine posted on her FB wall the phrase: “I’ve been to the worst city for two days. Butuan City, you suck!”
At first, I didn’t really give a care, until I read the comments on her public post.
One was also asking her why she said Butuan is worst city. She answered back “the place is so-so actually, not the worst for most, but for me, it still sucks. There’s nothing to entertain you at all. Shouldn’t even be called a city.”
The same person asked back, “wala po ba party place doon? [isn’t there a party place there?]” She replied: “meron naman, if you’re satisfied with cheap ladies and cheap drinks eating cheap foods na walang lasa, isa lang ang mall at matanda na walang laman. Walang kwenta. Walang Goldilocks sa Butuan, alam mo ba yun? Kahit Goldilocks wala. [there is actually, if you’re satisfied with cheap ladies and cheap drinks eating cheap bland foods, there’s only one mall and it’s old without anything inside. Totally useless. There’s no Goldilocks in Butuan, do you know that? Even Goldilocks, none].
It was when I read the comments that I was pissed by her reckless post. Of course, she is entitled to her opinion, but I don’t think it was necessary for her to say it rudely. When her account was still public, she indicated currently attending school at Ateneo De Manila. What a waste of her education – I pity her parents for sending her at a premier school, when she did not even learn the most basic of courtesy, manners and right conduct.
She could have just said she was disappointed and not use very strong negative words such as ‘worst’ and ‘sucks’ and ‘cheap’. When my husband read the post, he said it is indeed true that there’s only one mall, lol. Well, so what if we have only one mall, does that make our city worst? We have a lot of department stores scattered around. Too bad she didn’t say which party place had cheap waitresses, cheap drinks and cheap food. I had made an entry what do to when you’re in town [though not updated], by the way. Where did she go? Certainly not the newly opened Boy’s Bar, the party place to be these days. Why was she looking for Goldilocks, was it her favorite fastfood? Or the only place that she can afford? If she wanted fastfood, our mall has Jollibee, Greenwich, Jonie’s Flavored Chicken, McDonalds, and Pizza Hut. Somewhere like Goldilocks? We don’t need Goldilocks, we have somewhere better, Margie’s Kitchen. She wanted something classy? Rosario’s, True Brew, Priscilla’s, Caliente, Grand Palace? What was she looking for?
She said she was utterly disappointed when she came. Why did she come, exactly? One doesn’t just visit a city with no intended itinerary. Did she come just to party? She should have asked a friend to bring her to the decent places. And hey, one does not become a city because of the presence of malls or party places. It’s because of the population and the income, among others. We’ve been a chartered city since 1950 and a highly urbanized city since 1995. We’ve existed even before Magellan discovered the Philippines… as the saying goes, ‘in the beginning, there was no Philippines, but there was Butuan’.
I don’t know, was Jasmine mad because we are not like Manila, or Davao or Cagayan De Oro? If she wanted that, then she should have gone there. Don’t come thinking we’re the same with the rest of them. Didn’t she even just google Butuan, so that she’d know what to expect? How could she just come and expect to be entertained, without figuring out about the place first?
Personally, I like how we are here. It’s laid back, it’s slow, it’s easy, it’s restful, it’s gentle, it’s peaceful, it’s quiet. I wake up at 8am, prepare for work and still get to the office at 8am, hehehe. We may not have immediate access to the latest goods, but we’ve got the basics covered. Our cost of living is so low, we are actually forced to save because we can’t burn money as fast as those who are living in expensive cities. For the lack of malls, I don’t shop here; I shop in Manila or in Cebu and by bulk. For entertainment, nothing compares to just being with friends and catching up over coffee, or dinner until the wee hours of the night. We don’t have those flashy night clubs and celebrities and all, but we make do with just being with our loved ones. It’s not the place, it’s the people. As long as we’re with our closest friends and family, we’re content and happy.
I know Jasmine was just expressing what was on her mind, based on her own experience, but she should have been careful, tactful enough not to hurt or damage the reputation of the city. She is exhibiting a Filipino trait I truly detest, and that is, lack of love of country, lack of patriotism. As a fellow Filipino, she should have bit her tongue until it bled, rather than to say something against her own. If she had nothing good to say, then she would have just stayed silent, or share her experience to her circle of friends privately and not post it publicly, as if to make sure the Butuanons know about it. We are all Filipinos and we only have ourselves to love and protect what is ours. If a fellow Filipino acts that way, what kind of signal would that give to the foreigners? That is why it’s so hard for our country to progress – because its own people trample and pull it down themselves.
Jasmine Vestil, watch out, we’ll send Lolong to eat you alive!
update: Ms. Vestil on TV Patrol Caraga