The Pirated DVD Market in Manila
The lives of the Pirated DVD sellers in Manila, Philippines.
Manila is the capital of the Philippines and Quiapo is the heart of Manila. Many Filipinos love to visit Quiapo, because this place is very interesting. In Quiapo you will see the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene also known as Quiapo church and millions of devotees are visiting this heritage. Quiapo is not only famous because of the said church, but also because of the pirated DVD market where in people can buy cheap pirated DVD’s. We cannot blame these people in buying pirated one; the reason is it is cheap and affordable especially for those who cannot afford buying original which will cost them ten to twenty times the price of a pirated DVD.
Before, when you cross the streets of Quiapo you can see different stands and tables full of new DVD Movies. People enjoyed looking for DVD to buy. Many Filipinos found a living because of this business. This is illegal but this business fed many Filipino families and they were able to send their sons and daughters to a decent school. For so many years this business had stayed.
The year 2012 is not a good year for them, the local and national government took the full force to make this business gone in Quiapo. Many shoppers were sad by this story; they could not imagine that the happy affordable DVD market they found has gone in the wind. Because of what happened most DVD sellers return to their provinces and we never know what kind of life they will face. This is not a happy ending story for many. I hope that the government can see the consequences of every action they will take. They lessen the Illegal market of DVD and that is a plus to them, but they should not stop from this, they must think of what alternative jobs they can offer to these people. As what others say Mercy is a virtue!