I learned from Developmental Psychology that the best foundation of personality at later age begins from 3 to 4 years old, when they begin to enhance their developmental tasks by exploring the world. Applying this principle, one of best ways , thus, to inculcate people in what is good and wrong in our culture is by means of reading children books pregnant with good moral lessons , especially realistic and sensible, not idealistic, traditional, superstitious, fantastical, or quixotic. And this feasible approach is what I liked in this book. The writer must have intended to design such idea.
The writer personifies the common means of transportation in Metro Manila , primarily buses, to represent arrant megalomaniac drivers since they are now considered the kings of the road- a position jeepneys held before. In the story, a pompous and indifferent bus runs at a headlong, constant speed without considering the other vehicles . The bus is said to be a speed maniac or “ kaskasero “ in Filipino. It just keeps on running, swerving off the other way, or blah blah blah. When jeepneys kvetch, or the plants along the road are suffocated by the fatal black smoke the bus blows , it is always retorting conceitedly that he is the king of the road. It is always in the habit of claiming , “ I am the king of the road.” Eventually, the bus will get its comeuppance by crashing into another vehicle that will reduce it to ruins. As a rule, useless machines are dumped into a heap of rubbish.
This children book is metaphorical in a sense that it educates young readers how to be responsible when they become drivers themselves someday.
In the Philippines, there are such many drivers. In fact, I have ridden the buses that run in different fashion , and I don’t recommend the following to the fain-hearted.
There is a bus that runs like a roller coaster. It will make you hold your breath for sure holding onto the bar of the other chair in front of you , closing your eyes while crossing your fingers that it won’t capsize, about to crash into other vehicles . That is Rainbow Express.
There is a bus that runs as fast as a jet , and no wonder it has killed many passengers, but I do not know why every time this bus comes at a distance, passengers waiting beat one another to the vacant seats by pushing themselves into its door. That is Nova Bus. I have experienced it one time, but I would never dream of it.
There is a bus which name fit with Superman because it runs as though it flies up in the sky and for sure you will get to your destination in a flash. That is Lippad. I would never ride it; I do not know how to fly.
And there is a bus that no another buses can beat it , for its record is unbeatable and unbreakable because it has the highest number of killed victims, and I wonder if it still runs. That is Don Mariano.
I rode it one time when I was late for my work. To my surprise, the bus is indeed fatal, for it broke down in the middle of the road , halfway on my destination. Gee, I could have been being rescued in a horizontal position.
How about jeepneys? Uh-oh! They are not exception to the rules. Only if I could name them.
I think the main problem why there are such “ kaskasero (speed maniac ) “ drivers is because of atrocious heavy traffic everyday and of the fact that they want to make a lot of money- definitely a social problem the government has to address, granted that in reality, the big population is the underlying cause.
Tsk tsk tsk
Rated : 3/ 5 stars