Agog over the royal wedding PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 May 2018 12:11

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

It is hard to believe that just a week ago today I was practically glued to my computer screen to follow the royal wedding at Windsor.  I suppose I was not the only one who did so. And it was not only on May 19 that news items of the wedding caught my attention. On the days towards the big day anything that had the names of the principals in the wedding of the year was reason enough for me to stop and read what it had to say.

I realized I was acting like a star-struck fan and wondered what was causing it. After some reflection I realized the media reporting on the wedding was providing a joyful contrast to the daily fare of negative news that is our tough luck to see/read practically every day.

I find myself suffocated almost every day when reading the reports of worrisome situations in our world and in our country. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The videos of turtles caught in discarded nets or seals smothering in plastic bags. The multiple deaths in yet another school shooting in the US. The new Ebola outbreak in Africa. Enough to dampen whatever enthusiasm we might have looking forward to what the day will bring.

On the Philippine situation yet one more government office involved in corruption involving not a few thousand pesos but multimillions. The tourism sector alone was reported to have fooled around with P60 million; another tourism office with P80 million. Do you wonder I would rather read how much the wedding cake for the Windsor nuptials cost?

Not only that there were all the discouraging items on the economic situation. We were warned that gasoline was already costing P60 per liter in Manila. How much would it cost in Zamboanga?  And that would only be for starters since the cost per barrel of oil was climbing northward. Of course, that set off a series of rising costs on other items. The minimum wage was set to be increased and it would impact on business costs and cost of items in the family’s food basket. The exchange rate of the peso against the dollar (and of course all other currencies) would rise to our disadvantage except for those earning in dollars. And for retired seniors like me, the questions also included one on “How much will my maintenance medicines cost me now?”

All these negative financial implications in my life made keeping up with the royals more attractive – like getting lost in a fairy tale.

Besides, seeing all those fascinators worn by the ladies evoked a quiet laughter which somehow eased the tension.

All the best, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 May 2018 13:18