something old, something new
This used to be a copra warehouse. It has been a copra warehouse for many years, maybe decades. It now serves as a passenger terminal for vans for hire.
Tacloban City has changed for the better and also for the worse, and then there are some things that haven’t changed at all. More specifically, some people’s way of life for the past 3 decades still remains the same.
They are the cobblers who have long occupied the sidewalks of Rizal Avenue. Except for the young man second from the right, they have been around for as long as I can remember. Their trade hasn’t flourished, but it hasn’t dwindled either. Businesses on that street have come and gone: the comics stands that lined the street corner have long disappeared; the general store at the corner gave way to a pharmacy, which in turn gave way to this fast food restaurant. There will be a new building beside this fast food restaurant soon. The landscape has already changed yet these hardy people remain. Times are changing, now faster than ever. Who knows where they will be another decade from now?