DIY trav­els

Sun.Star Baguio - - OPINION -

ITis not so pre­sump­tu­ous to as­sume that even in th­ese trou­bled times, the coun­try is see­ing the tourism in­dus­try’s golden age. This, how­ever, is not solely due to the state’s tourism mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tions. It is sur­pris­ingly and sig­nif­i­cantly be­cause of this gen­er­a­tion’s two sub-cul­tures; “Self­ies” and “Do-it-Your­self (D.I.Y.)”.

The “Selfie-cul­ture”, which is naturally ap­peal­ing to the hu­man ego and fu­eled by the mod­ern day tools of smart­phones and so­cial me­dia, is per­haps the mod­ern method of val­i­dat­ing the hu­man ex­is­tence through stored vi­su­als – the new way of cross­ing the bucket list. Add the en­cour­age­ment of Face­book’s “What’s on your mind?” or In­sta­gram’s “fil­tered-lifethis mo­ment”/ “At the mo­ment (ATM)”, and we have folks ad­dicted to shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences; what they are do­ing, what they are eat­ing, and where they went – they are con­sid­ered tourism tes­ti­mo­ni­als by dig­i­tal be­ings though un­in­tended.

This leads to the sec­ond cul­ture: “Do-it-Your­self”. In the so­cial-me­dia world, DIYs are orig­i­nally contributed web-con­tents that are uti­lized to in­crease web au­di­ence to just about any sub­ject; ‘How to do this…’, ‘How to be like this...’, and ‘How to go there…’. This, how­ever, thrived be­cause of a very pow­er­ful hu­man ten­dency which was am­pli­fied in this new in­for­ma­tion age: ‘crowd-sourc­ing’ or that ‘wis­dom of the crowd’ mar­ket­ing. This be­came a plat­form for travel in­for­ma­tion and sug­ges­tions which is more ef­fec­tive than the tra­di­tional pro­duc­tion of printed brochures and cof­fee ta­ble books. Its op­er­a­tion is based on the idea that the peo­ple who ac­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­enced the travel is more cred­i­ble in guid­ing the way to the beaten path for the new­bies – the in­tegrity of which is in­creased by the num­ber of cor­rob­o­rat­ing com­ments/ tes­ti­monies. Th­ese in­for­ma­tion-shar­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, to­gether with cheap flights and google maps, pave the way to young trav­el­ers around the coun­try like we have never seen be­fore. In the DIY Travel face­book page, there are travel up­dates of dif­fer­ent peo­ple every minute. It seems that most in our gen­er­a­tion are into “ex­pe­ri­enc­ing” the world be­fore they leave it – a residue or per­haps, our ver­sion of the western ‘back­pack­ing’ cul­ture.

How is it a golden age of tourism? Peo­ple may ask. In our neigh­bor­hood, the only peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ing a plane be­fore are the OFWs and mi­grants. Most of my par­ents’ gen­er­a­tion left the world with­out even be­ing able to visit Visayas or Min­danao – in their time, plane flights are only for the rich or the elite, and trav­el­ling is only writ­ten on fancy books. To­day, we have mil­lions of teenagers tour­ing the dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try even with­out guides, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the joy of travel more than their par­ents could ever have. To­day, every per­son in my Face­book list of friends has at least posted a travel pic­ture once in their FB sta­tuses. To­day, even strug­gling peo­ple like us can buy a ticket for a va­ca­tion in an ocean away from our caves. To­day, most of us have seen more of the world and can write po­etry and sto­ries about our new ex­pe­ri­ences. This is the golden age – the en­abling en­vi­ron­ment of the mod­ern travel in­dus­try, and the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of travel necessities. date the fam­ily tree or an­ces­tral lin­eage of said ap­pli­cant. I said that my heart truly bleeds for them. There is a word "ay pi­man met" which is un­fair.

Former city mayor Peterey Bautista who is now the Chair of the Re­gional Po­lice Ad­vi­sory Board shared in­for­ma­tion say­ing: “Yes there is a height re­quire­ment, but that is ex­actly why they se­cure some proof to show that they are Cordilleran. Many have been taken in be­cause of some show of cause. If it is NCIP for proof, so be it. Oth­ers lin­eage. That's still proof. Of course they also have to pass var­i­ous tests. Men­tal, Phys­i­cal etc. An­other un­for­tu­nate thing is gen­der. Ap­par­ently there are many fe­male ap­pli­cants who pass but the quota for them is too lit­tle. Un­like the men it is the op­po­site they have a larger quota but too lit­tle passers. Hope this info helps. Ap­ply­ing is only the be­gin­ning, they get weeded out even­tu­ally. Blame should not be be­cause of re­quire­ments. There are ex­emp­tions to the rule. If the kid de­serves it, a board will study it surely. But let not the kids lose hope, try first. A crim­i­nol­ogy grad­u­ate has the edge but is not a guar­an­tee. To­day the po­lice are look­ing for grad­u­ates in psy­chol­ogy, IT, so­cial wel­fare, engi­neer­ing etc.”

As I said, my heart truly bleeds for the girls whose heights are the same as my two daugh­ters. In fact, my youngest wanted to be a flight stew­ardess for her to travel far and wide. But as the Ilo­cano say­ing goes…”anya ket garud ngay, dayta met ti para­bor ti Apo a Na­mar­sua”.

Cen­dana said the sta­tis­tics should serve as a wake call to all stake­hold­ers to be more re­spon­sive and ag­gres­sive in ad­dress­ing this press­ing re­gional con­cern “The lat­est re­port un­der­scores the need for the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the com­pre­hen­sive sex­u­al­ity ed­u­ca­tion.”

In 2013, the NYC again sounded the alarm bells when a Young Adult Fer­til­ity and Sex­u­al­ity (YAFS) Study cited the Cordilleras as the chart topper for teen pregnancy.

Then, the YAF’s sur­vey in the re­gion logged an 18.4 per­cent­age for teen fer­til­ity rates makes us top all other re­gions prompt­ing alarm bells to be raised by both the pri­vate sec­tor as well as govern­ment line agen­cies.

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