“I should have my revenge!” These poisonous words were running slowly in the veins of the desperate mind of Miguel as he was walking in the hushed yet lighted San Pedro Street at twelve o’clock midnight. His black jacket, white shirt, faded denim pants and gray rubber shoes perfectly protected him from the cold night’s wind. The fairly looking, medium built boy could not sleep because the laboratory result stated that he is HIV positive. This frustration gave Miguel a melting of heart and bothered soul. So, the young man rose from his soft bed and decided to leave his well organized room for a stroll in the downtown area San Pedro Street is the heart of Davao City due to its iconic landmarks. On the right side, stands the gray-colored San Pedro Cathedral; with its Spanish-style frontal-curved design makes the structure visible in the place. Adjacent to the church is the two storey beige color Sanggunian Building, in which, in front of this edifice erects the centennial monument. Neighboring to Sanggunian Building on its left side is the decade old Davao City Hall. The 1926 design building with its magnificent columns on the entrance hall makes the structure a truly landmark. San Pedro Street has four small parks-Osmena Park, Quezon Park, Rizal Park and Centennial Park.
Osmena Park is at the right side of the Sanggunian Building. It is a walled sanctuary. The green park has become a safe haven for birds which are looking for asylum in a busy metropolis. The park has tall, green trees that sway with the wind and colorful flowers that embellish the park lane, and gives blissful view to the people sitting on the benches. During day time, the chirping of the birds and the sound of the swaying leaves become the music of the place.
Centennial Park is infront of San Pedro Cathedral adjacent to the Sanggunian Building. The park has a commemorative monument of peace and unity situated in the middle. The Monument depicts the men and women of the different indigenous peoples in native outfits as well as the migrants of Davao City in a noble gesture of jointly raising their hands as a symbol of peace and unity as the three doves are released from the hands of a woman dressed in traditional Baro at Saya – depicting Mother Philippines.
Quezon Park is the opposite because it has no walls. It is in front of the City Hall stretching to the left side of the Sanggunian Building. The two Durian shaped fountains add attraction to the town’s people. The thorn skin of the Durian fountains serve as its opening holes for water to come out. The fountains are decorated with a cemented pink colored Waling-Waling. Each of the flower measures half meter in length. Surrounding the fountains are four big trees under which stand a lamp post and cemented benches, while at the center, between the fountains, situated the flagpole. At the center lies Rizal Park is an open space; if you are facing the city hall, on the right corner stands the public stage, which has, an eagle design on its frontal view. On the left corner erected the monument of Dr. Jose P. Rizal.
San Pedro Street late at night has sentimental light posts that give yellow glow relaxing effect to those who want to unwind from a tiresome day’s work. The entertaining billboards are visible from the rooftops. There are few jeepneys that are delivering its passengers to their destinations while homeless people who are sleeping on the cemented benches are being passed through by late night workers.
Miguel is a 21-year-old college student taking up Biology at the Ateneo De Davao University. He came from a middle class family whose parents are both company employees. Miguel is the youngest among the three all boys siblings but he is not close to his brothers. He is 5’7 tall with fair skin, dark eyes and black straight hair. He is an observant, revengeful, little bit irresponsible, curious about anything, and aloof from his classmates. He is a nocturnal person who loves nature by going to the beach or in the park at night. He loves the sound of the trees and the hitting of the waves on the breakwaters. Miguel is neither a sporty person nor an adventurous type of guy; he prefers to read books in the library, observe insects in the garden or watches the birds in the park by himself. Though he studied in a Catholic university, he loved to watch pornographic videos and had a collection of FHM magazines that were hidden under his bed. He turned red when he is angry and would cry a lot if he is depressed.
Miguel stopped on a small store situated in the sidewalk in front of the gate of San Pedro Cathedral, in which, an old woman was selling candies and cigarettes. The little store was lighted by a candle that made the old lady visible to the passerby. Miguel bought a candy, and gave the penny to the white haired vendor with wrinkles and sleepy eyes that were noticeable on her face. The young lad, who just turned twenty one the other month, opened the blue wrapper and he made his mouth sticky with sweetie.
To be continued.
Prince was born and raised in Davao City. He received his Mass Communication degree at the Ateneo de Davao University.