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Old 02-22-2021, 10:16 PM
 
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This is an excellent paradox: Puerto Rico will never be as poor as the Philippines, but it will also never be as rich as the Philippines.

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Hopefully they don’t get a big earthquake ever. Tumbling’ down indeed.

San Juan doesn’t have massive sprawling shanty towns at all. Not even itty bitty ones.

This comparison is dumb. I mean that with all due respect..
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This is an excellent paradox: Puerto Rico will never be as poor as the Philippines, but it will also never be as rich as the Philippines.

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I certainly agree with your assessment. I've been to The Philippines 4 times throughout my life. The first 2 times I was there, I visited Subic Bay while serving in the US Navy. That was back in the 80's. I saw the poverty of Olongapo first hand. That experience made me appreciate what little I had from then until now. I truly felt the pain of those who did whatever it took, just to have something to eat each day.

The last 2 times I was in The Philippines (2014 and 2016) I was "the poor one" as compared to my hosts. They welcomed me into their lavish and expansive homes - and high-rise apartments - in Ayala-Alabang, Pasig, Makati, and Tagaytay. I visited a "Members Only" island named Balesing. The luxuries I experienced there can hardly be described.

What I most admire about The Philippines are its hospitable people. Be it in impoverished Olongapo or luxurious Manila, I was always made to feel welcomed. I am forever grateful.

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