Most of us turn a blind eye to acts of discrimination against our people in our own country. There are, however, instances where one just could not stomach it anymore.
One incident that demonstrated this took place recently at the Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club in Mabayo, Morong, Bataan.
It appears that the caste system and the practice of social class segregation are alive and well in the luxurious beach resort hotel owned and operated by Ayala Land Premier.
Such practice smacks of inequality and prejudice, particularly as to treatment of lower-class Filipinos.
The experience of one family guest at the Anvaya Cove proved to be a throwback to the Spanish era where native Filipinos were referred to as “indios” and discriminated against in many ways.
This occurred when the family’s nanny, personal assistant, and driver were prohibited from entering the beach area. The resort hotel manager turned down the request of the guest to have his personal assistant, driver, and nanny be allowed in to join them at the beach to tend to the family.
The manager blatantly spelled out the resort hotel’s regulation that the guest’s domestic helpers are prohibited from entering the beach and the dining area. The kids' yaya
and family driver, including the father’s personal assistant, were literally thrown out of the facility. They were treated like trash.
This means that only the rich resort hotel guests, especially foreign tourists, are the only ones allowed in those exclusive facilities. These are off limits to nannies or yayas
, personal drivers, and assistants even if their employers pay for their entry at the beach. The household staff are also prohibited from eating at the resort hotel’s restaurant and having a drink at the bar with their employers.
Clearly, the servants are seen by the Ayala establishments as indios, much like in the Spanish era during which the powerful, oppressive and greedy conquistadores engaged in massive land-grabbing.
It is as if the poor servants have a contagious disease that they are excluded from joining their employers for recreation and fun under the sun. The Ayala resort hotel's Spanish era-style management apparently does not realize that most Filipinos consider as their part of “extended relatives” their domestic helpers, including housemaids, houseboys, yayas
, cook, gardeners and family drivers.
Obviously, the Ayala facility’s discriminatory policy is enforced to avoid upsetting the principal resort hotel guests, including wealthy businessmen, government officials, politicians and foreigners, who spend the filthy amounts of money there.
“Baka raw mandiri ang mga
guest nila sa mga katulong at mga
family driver. If they come with their employers, then they should be considered resort hotel guests, too,” the disappointed guest asked.
The Ayalas may have the permit to do business at the beach area but they do not actually own the coastal sea, do they?