JANUARY 03, 2011 - Demonstrated as it happened at a bus station in Olongapo City, Philippines, holiday travel in a Third World Country entails a lot of personal, human sacrifices.
People trooped to land and sea transportation terminals except in airports where policy on "seating capacity is strictly observed". Congestions, upons congestions characterized the situations in those places common in most 3rd World Countries like the Philippines.
Everyone aims at least to get a seat commonly in an economy bus, or a bed on a ship, or as long as there is space where one can stand or hang on during the trip in order to reach one's destination is undoubtedly, an exercise of strong will and determination to endure the pains and inconveniences of traveling to and fro during a holiday season.
When there is a will, there is always a way to be able to reach home and outgoing home thereafter. Physically draining and emotionally distressing circumstances like sleepness night, thirst, hunger, fatigue and boredom of travel by land and sea may subvert such "will" along the way but the human spirit remains vibrantly strong to ride on the shocks and waves of hardships on way home and vice - versa to be with loved ones and beloved on a holiday . This is the usual scenario during New Year, Lenten season, Halloween Day and Christmas Day.
In the process, holiday vacations hone and deepen family ties and bonds, distill human virtues like persistence, perseverance, patience, endurance, fortitude, thrift and sacrifice and other qualities that, difficulties and hardships entail in transit worthy of a human being to learn and imbibe.
Over and above these holiday vacation inspired ordeals, the Filipino is tempered with natural and manmade calamities and disasters that taught him to survive in any given adverse condition and thus, he develops human qualities that make him resilient.