In weighing out the pros and cons of making a permanent (or even temporary) move to the Philippines, one always has to keep in mind the pollution. And I’m not talking here about just the garbage that tends to congregate just about everywhere in the cities nor am I referring to the great plumes of black diesel exhaust and smoldering, plastic-infused trash fires that fill the air with chocking threads of particulate-laden smoke– what we are talking about here is noise pollution, which – as you might have heard (no pun intended) – can be a bit of a problem here in the Philippines.
A fellow YouTuber over at “Philippine Life” posted up a video that best describes what you can sometimes expect. This was taken in Iloilo, in the barangay of San Jose:
For some reason or another, Filipinos sometimes feel a need to share their music with the rest of the neighborhood. Or, when considering the size of the speakers in that video, with the entire city. As you can see, it’s just a few guys sitting around in a church who have set up a ridiculously overpowered PA system, with the 2 meter stack of speakers facing away from them and towards the rest of the community.
The guy who was taking the video (mister or misses Philippine Life, I presume) was also pretty ballsy in putting the camera right up in the faces of these musical miscreants. I doubt I would have done that myself, or if I had, I would have gone in bobbing my head to the funky beat with a big smile plastered on my face, as if I was digging the whole scene. I don’t know if he or she was doing that. Having heard some pretty bad stories about getting confrontational with Filipinos, I would have taken the “discretion is the better part of valor” route. Call me a pussy if ya want – I just don’t want to be worried about scooters pulling up behind me and getting a few to the back of my noggin….
Another thing to keep in mind is that some Filipinos really seem to like techno/dance music; as in, they listen to it recreationally. The last time I heard/saw this was back in the US when I was driving through a Vietnamese neighborhood and was audibly assaulted by a throbbing, primeval beat. Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m a pretty liberal, easy going guy, but listening to techno/dance outside of a club? Hmmmm – that’s a little beyond even my mortal progressive ken.
So, yeah, noise pollution is definitely something you have to be prepared for if you are thinking about a move to the Philippines. I have yet to experience a problem as extreme as the one noted in the video – all we have had to put up thus far was a transient music issue with an American neighbor which seems to have (hopefully) resolved itself.
Knock on wood.
Oh, and we have the Filipino family down the road who does the religious music thing just about every morning for an hour or so, but it’s not brutally loud – and it’s a nice accompaniment to the morning rooster revue.
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