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MMDA and bayani fernando – #1 uglifier of metro manila

Metro in pink irks left-wing solons

By Allison Lopez, Leila Salaverria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:21am (Mla time) 01/05/2009

MANILA, Philippines—For these “Reds,” Metro Manila hardly looks pretty in pink.

A group of left-leaning lawmakers wants the House of Representativesto investigate—in aid of legislation—the use by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) of bright pink as standard color for road signs and structures.

The group says the pink signs and structures not only mar the urban landscape but also violate local and international safety regulations.

“[They] are, at best, eyesores that worsen the visual blight plaguing Metro Manila,” according to a resolution filed last month by Bayan Muna Representatives Satur Ocampo and Teodoro Casiño; Gabriela Representatives Liza Maza and Luzviminda Ilagan; and Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano.

MMDA Chair Bayani Fernando, however, is standing by his motif, saying the national capital’s “drab environment” can use a rosy accent here and there.

read in full: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/metro/view_article.php?article_id=181421

we agree with the congressmen – the MMDA, the government agency mandated to make the city a better place to live is the number 1 culprit in uglifying the city.

don’t get us wrong – we applaud the MMDA and it’s head Bayani Fernando, they have done a great job in making the city much better than what it was before. the MMDA has launched many programs like improving traffic congestion, removing eye sores, cleaning up the city, clearing up sidewalks and all the pedestrian over-pass, to name a few which we think have made a big difference for the city. we don’t think there has ever been an MMDA and MMDA head who has done so much for the city.

but this obsession on painting everything in pink is a complete eyesore and does nothing but uglify the city. the congressmen are correct – the MMDA need to stop uglifying the city and mr. fernando need to go to a seminar on “Beauty & Aesthetics 101” and “Poor Taste Vs Good Taste 101”.

i am not in total agreement with what fernando said – his obsession on pink is to improve the “drab environment” of the metro. first of all, i don’t think his mandate includes removing the “drab environment”.

and more importantly, given the proof  from his efforts, he has no taste and he should not see himself as having the artistic inclination to make things beautiful. if in his eyes what he has done is to make the metro beautiful, he has failed miserably. with his obsession on pink, he has in fact made the metro uglier. he simply has poor taste.

we do appreciate fernando’s intent and many of his efforts but he needs to apply his smarts on how he does things. all the good intentions and plans he has for the metro are blown to bits because of the way he does things. he needs to face the reality that he has no taste and should not attempt to beautify anything as it has the opposite effect.


note: yes, “uglifier” is a word in WAWAM! so are the others like “uglification” and “uglify”.

read more and view pictures here: https://2010presidentiables.wordpress.com/2009/01/06/mmdas-bayani-fernando-1-uglifier-of-metro-manila-picture-gallery/

bayani fernando's poor taste turns metro manila into gotham in pink

  1. Arquenevis
    June 25, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    I agree to some extent. Fernando has reallly been effective in making Metro a more orderly, organized, and disciplined place to live. The last however, is resisted by stubborn people. They should thank the Lord that MMDA sanctions are nowhere near the sanctions of cities like Singapore where chewing gum or simply bringing drinks into a subway can result to a Singapore $5000 fine.

    All in all this is the first MMDA head to make us realize that the MMDA actually EXISTS.

    Fernando would have nearly been a perfect politician and executive had it not been for the style of pink – blue “art”.

    • June 26, 2009 at 8:35 am

      fernando’s obsession in using the hot pink color is for selfish political reasons. he uses that to advertise himself, it’s his signature. he wants us to see pink all over metro manila to remind us on a daily basis he has done a lot in metro manila. its obvsiously part of his campaign for a higher office.

    • click
      July 9, 2009 at 3:28 am

      Siguro kung pakikinggan lang halat ni Bayani ang mga comments about his use of pink color, wala talagang mangyayaring maganda sa Pilipinas, imagine! pagbibigyan ni Bayani lahat yung mga nagrereklamo kung anong gustong ikulay sa mga proyekto niya? ang mangyayaring kulay dyan ay maging RAINBOW color lahat, anong gusto nyong kulay ngayon, rainbow or pink? aber nga mga kababayang mababaw? Why don’t you look at the uses & functions of every projects he has instead of it’s color? You can never please everyone especially dealing with us Filipinos! Tama na ang pagbulgar sa mga dayuhan na tayong mga pilipino ang mga mababaw ang pag-iisip!

      • July 9, 2009 at 9:29 am

        the uses and functions of what fernando has built is not the question here. in fact, that has been recognized. what is being commented on is his POOR TASTE, BAD JUDGMENT and SELFISH MOTIVES in choice of colors.

        i have not seen ANY private home anywhere that uses the bright pink color. bright pink is just poor taste. i doubt if fernando’s own home has the same bright pink color. if it is colored bright pink, then it is confirmed once again he has poor taste. if his own home is not painted in bright pink, why is he imposing it on other people’s homes and in structures around metro manila?

        he is doing this for selfish motives – the bright pink and bright blue are his signature colors. he is doing that for recall as a form of branding, to remind people that he has done a lot for the metro. he knows no one else will choose bright pink and blue, so he owns those ugly colors.

        his intentions and achievements are very good for metro manila. his structures are very useful. but he has very poor taste and he has used poor judgment in forcing poor taste on metro manila just to push his personal agenda, his ambitions and his ego.


  2. Arquenevis
    June 26, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I do not think that pink would have been a good decision for him anyway. It is surprising that simple considerations such as color or art can have damaging effects. As far as I know the last time I have seen pink signages and government property around the world was in Hong Kong. The tone of pink however is more pleasing and the signages were done better and the color is not as noticeable when surrounded with green (Christmas season is known for combining reddish/pinkish colors and green. Red and pink stand out easily but green seems to make it less of a standout and more pleasing to the eye.)

    • June 26, 2009 at 9:23 pm

      that is not at all art, its campaigning. that is similar to what incumbent public officials do when they put up billboards announcing the new bridge, new lamposts and newly paved roads were done under his/her administration.

      one more thing that is obvious – fernando has horribly bad taste.

  3. naked
    July 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    I just love the pink & blue color of Bayani Fernando! I hope by the end of 2009, everything looks pink & blue, it’s an art and is so pleasing to my eyes! love it, love it ,love it!

  4. July 11, 2009 at 11:12 pm
  5. dunking_oreos
    September 8, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I have studied architecture. I have worked in this field for almost 5 years now. Ever since I’ve ventured in this field, I have yet to encounter a colleague who says that those colors have actually beautified the metro. The footbridges serve their purpose (kudos to Bayani for his efforts), BUT they are downright UGLY. I have no idea why the President has allowed him to paint them that way. Thank God Makati CBD is spared from those eyesores.

  6. bb_gun
    March 22, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I have to admit that Bayani Fernando has been the best head of MMDA yet. But the use of the color pink in signs and road barriers is not a very good idea. I almost hit a barricade the last time i was at EDSA. i was supposed to turn right at ortigas but due to the color (which is not visible at stormy nights) could cause a fatal mishap on drivers even not at the influence of alcohol. why not use the international nad widely accepted yellow and black stripes? just like in airports?

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