Sunday, April 16, 2006


Manila City Hall's Department of Allegory Control seems to have missed a spot once again.

Yet another 100% irony-free moment in the city of my affections. As I was strolling through Plaza Lawton in front of the Manila Post Office, I stumbled into the tableau pictured above. Apparently, it's a new monument dedicated to Comfort Ladies; women who were forced to work as sex slaves in military brothels in Japanese-occupied countries during World War II.

And although Manila City Hall's intention to solemnly memorialize this tragedy through the use of a serene/servile Greek goddess holding fruit almost achieves it's purpose, the suspension of disbelief is shattered by the lady in the back whose smile and hand position indicates that she ain't having such a bad time.

I didn't know whether to laugh or, well, laugh.