SM Again, Threatening our Heritage Landscape

Please read the Manifesto (HERE)

Leave a comment (with your name) in support of our kababayan pleading not to allow SM from altering the historical landscape of their town.

The said company is seeking to build their mall beside the historic church.

San Nicolas in Ilocos

This heritage insensitive company is at it again.

But they won’t be there if our church leaders doesn’t entertain them in the first place. I don’t have all the facts here but I’ve seen how some Parish Priest, instead of protecting their old churches are the ones that destroys it.

Profit is all that matters for these kind of companies these days  – and for the rest of us, well that’s just the breaks.

A friend, writer Guia Imperial, reports the” imminent lease or probably sale of a southern portion of the lot on which the Catholic Church stands.”

Pass this along.

Photo coutesy of  San Nicolas de Tolentino by Photo Blogger Arnel Hutalla the rest of his photos can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenareh/

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6 responses to “SM Again, Threatening our Heritage Landscape

  • josé miguel

    There was a report which came out sometime 2005 about a chinese invasion of Clark. Filipinos among us in Pampanga, experienced losing grip of economy with the recent establishment of a chinese owned retailing mall—SM in San Fernando.

    This time, the same chinese businessman, Henry Sy has established another of his retailing mall—SM in Clark and with it economic dislocation of our brother filipino businessmen there in Angeles City, Mabalacat and other nearby towns. We resisted as they were approaching. But they were too economically, politically and legally entrenched in our country for us to even slow down their movements.

    Again, with their establishment in Clark and with the tax exemption given them by the Philippine government, are the loss of our decades-old hold of our economic resources not to mention the 12% EVAT squeezed from us by the same government.

    With the establishment of SM goes loss of employment. It is also a gain of personnel for SM which have been traditionally exploiting them with 3 to 5 months contractual and no security of employment.

    The entry of the mall was facilitated by the Philippine Government thru the former CDC President Emmanuel Y. Angeles, now chairman of the Consultative Commission or Concom created by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to conduct consultations with people on the proposed amendments in the 1987 Constitution and the then Pampanga Vice Gov. Juan Miguel Arroyo, the President’s son. With the facilitation, all obstacles such as: the site being within the aviation zone; public consultation; publication of the Memorandum of Agreement; were all done away with expeditiously. In 2003, the Angeles lost one multimillion-peso investment when Ayala Land Inc. backed out of a planned 8.7-hectare commercial center after a legal opinion of the Department of Justice sustained the Philippine government thru the CDC position of locating the SM-Clark Mall at the Clark main gate.

    It is the chinese invasion along our border like Spratleys that we get excited and scramble to engage them in heroic combat just like in Hollywood. Yet we cannot even check our main homeland here with its rich natural resources and centers of control of our development already being overrun by the chinese.

    • De AnDA

      Not only the Chinese but the corporatist and their international banks allies must be checked. We should learn from what is happening in the US. Sadly, the foundations has been laid out for these groups to take over the country. We have to resist this. We must have leaders that will have the balls to go up against these people. Filipino first!

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  • FILIPINO eSCRIBBLES

    […] just learned from Arnaldo that Henry Sy’s money-making monster, the SM Group of Companies, is set to build a mall right […]

  • filipineses09

    Thank you for sharing the manifesto with your readers, Arnaldo!

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