Cebu/セブ

July 21, 2017 — Leave a comment

When my friend came to Cebu through other volunteer groups, I visited Cebu for about a week.

Cebu is the second largest city in the Philippines. I saw a very different Philippines from Iloilo City where I stayed.
Iloilo City is said to be the third city, but it is quite a countryside compared to Cebu and Manila. Since the tourism industry is not well developed, there are few incidents aimed at foreigners, people are gentle and able to talk with people on the roadside easily. The beggar is in front of a big shopping mall, but I did not see much beggars.

There are so many foreigners who came to learn English (most of them are Japanese and Koreans), Cebu was considerably urbanized with the development of tourism industry. As the urbanization progresses, there were people who begged many things. There were a lot of children living on the street who don’t have a home.They are called as a Street Children. It was the opportunity to think deeply about the urbanization problem among me that I was able to see the quite urbanized city and the unurbanized city in the same country. Frankly speaking, what I felt is that Cebu is a famous tourist destination and often hears that the sea is beautiful, but if you actually see a beautiful ocean you have to go to a place far away from the centre of Cebu. The air is not good, the first is that the citizen’s disparity problem is really severe. I thought that I could not live there.

The incident that I remained the most impressive in Cebu was when I was going to eat dinner where some restaurants gathered on foot about 15 minutes. Me and my friend headed off to there. In Cebu, after the sun rose and it got dark, mostly I’ve used a taxi even though I go to the nearby places. But that night, we decided to walk in the neighbourhood. Two young guy beggars from the front comes closer to us when halfway to the destination.  As the guys came from the front and they begged for some money. As usual I say no, no and can get through with nothing happen. But this time when I said no against begging, suddenly one of the guys run  towards me and the other guy towards my friend. Those guys tackled and kept pushing us. We were pushed to the car running. I was nearly hit by a car but got a way desperately from pushing and I run with my  friend and run and run. At that time I was pretty impatient. I had heard of the incident that some visitors got killed if they did not give anything to thieves, but it was innovative that they tried to hit us a car by extrusion.

友達が他のボランティア団体を通してセブに来た際に1週間ほどセブを観光した。

セブはフィリピンで2番目に大きな都市。僕の滞在していたイロイロシティーとはかなり違ったフィリピンを見れた。

イロイロシティーは第3の都市といわれてはいるが、セブやマニラと比べるとかなり田舎だ。観光業があまり発達していないから外国人を狙った事件などはほとんどなく、人は温和で、道端の人とも気軽に話をすることもできた。物乞いをする人は大きなショッピングモールなどの前にいるが、そこまで多くの物乞いは見なかった。

一方セブは、英語を学びに来る外国人が多く(そのほとんどは日本人と韓国人)、観光業が発達していてかなり都市化が進んでいた。その都市化の進む反面、たくさんの物乞いをする人がいた。ストリートチルドレンと呼ばれる帰る家がなくて路上で生活する子供もたくさんいた。その2つの、都市化が進む都市と、そうではない都市を同じ国の中で見ることができたのは、僕の中で都市化問題ということを深く考えるきっかけになった。率直にいって、僕が感じたことは、セブは有名な観光地で海が綺麗だとよく聞くが、実際のところ綺麗な海を見るならセブの中心地からかなり離れたところに行かないとないし、空気はよくないし、1番は市民の格差問題が酷すぎること。僕はそこには住めないなと思った。

僕がセブで1番印象に残った出来事は、ある夜友達と2人でホテルから15分ぐらい歩いたところにある飲食店が集まったところに夜ご飯を食べに行こうとした時のこと。セブでは、だいたい日が落ちて暗くなった後は近場に出かけるにしてもタクシーを使うことにしていた。ただその夜は、近場だし歩いて行くことにした。目的地まで半分ぐらい来たところで前から2人組の若い男が物乞いのために近づいてきて、基本物乞いの人たちは近づいてきても、こちらがスルーすればそれで追ってくることはあまりないが、その時はそれよりもひどかった。前から近づいてきて金をくれと言ってくるから、いつものようにこちらがノー、ノーと言うと、1人は僕の方に、もう1人は僕の友達の方にいきなりタックルして僕たちを車が走る方に押してきた。危うくこっちが車にはねられそうになり必死で押してくるのを交わして友達と2人で全力で走って逃げた。あの時はかなり焦った。物を渡さないと殺されたりする事件は聞いたことがあったけど、まさか押し出しで車に当てようとしてくるのは斬新だったな。

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