Makati Business Club President Ed Chua and seasoned banker Jose Arnulfo “Wick” Veloso, two well-known personalities in the business community, are film enthusiasts.

Mr. Wick, Philippine National Bank president, takes great pleasure in watching Tagalog films in his spare moments. This we – Kler and me – accidentally discovered during a dinner way back pre-pandemic time when Dondee inquired if it really was in Manila Bulletin that “Unofficially Yours” that starred Angel Locsin and John Llyod Cruz was partly filmed. The spirited discussion took a pregnant pause following the admission of Mr. Wick that he, too, has a great liking for Tagalog films.

Up until now, he enjoys watching Tagalog films in Netflix. The last he saw was  Four Sisters Before the Wedding, a nice feel good movie that is a sequel of Four Sisters and a Wedding.

He’s in vogue! Believe it or not, the former Shell Philippines president has been smitten with Korean Telenovela (K-drama). Mr. Ed is one among a few male-friends that I know who is hooked, like me, on K-drama.

He was taken by the latest K-drama, Vincenzo, he watched with his wifey. For those who have not seen it, the story is dark comedy, which for a perceptive person like Mr. Ed saw the underlying strength of focus and cohesiveness of building tenants to protect themselves to accomplish a daunting task of recovering/removing 1.5 tons of gold hidden at the base ground of the building that has been illegally purchased by a real estate firm.

This K-drama is so relatable that one can apply it to the existing situation we’re in at the moment. We need to bind together to make our voices heard so that our leaders can craft policy and structural reform measures not for the benefit of those with advantages, but for the welfare of us all.

At present, we’re so confused. A policy drawn by the Palace such as the quarantine period for incoming international passengers is opposed in Cebu because its provincial board has drawn-up its own protocol.

It’s fiefdom protection. It’s like to each his own. What is enforced in one local government unit (LGU) may not be acceptable in another LGU. Yes, I admit it’s democracy in action and devolution of powers but then again it’s creating confusion among the populace. As a result, the vision of the horizon is blurred. Fussy. Short term!

Another concrete example is the vaccination ID card, which, up until I write this piece, hangs on the air as its form is still debatable, whether it be a QR code, digital in form or the old reliable hard copy.

Even its name, at the onset, was questioned that the lawmakers have to move in to replace vaccine passport to COVID-19 vaccine card. What’s in a name? What’s so discriminatory about passport? Definitely, it connotes mobility. In the US, individuals who have been fully vaccinated are free to travel.  Besides, vaccine passport sounds more acceptable and has more elan.

Is cohesiveness beyond the realm of possibilities? Is it a classic case of “wish mo lang” or I am just dreaming, especially since the geo-political situation in the country at the moment is fraught of uncertainty.

With the up and coming general elections next year, we have  the power to choose the leaders who would shepherd us out of this financial-economic predicament. We’ve shown cohesiveness power – we joined forces, arms linked – when out of nowhere then Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III was pushed as necro-presidential candidate and we overwhelmingly voted him in 2010. Sadly, though, Pres. Noynoy (Pnoy) was fetched by his angels yesterday. Salute and my sympathy to the famiy.

Though his demise did not spook the market, a stimulating query has been going around the market corridor on whether Pnoy’s physical departure could spark cohesiveness among the bigwigs in the Liberal Party to field a unified presidential candidate for 2022.

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Source: Manila Bulletin (