Photo taken from www.swaminarayan.org
Above book went for P50.00 (US$1.00) and sold like hot pandesal on the streets while over the web it sells for as high as US$26.00 plus postage (P1,500.00). These modern-days Jack Sparrows are appreciated by people whose monthly income (minimum of US$100.00/month) goes to school tuition fees, fare and daily food subsidy. Fifty pesos is a tiny slash on the budget to have a hard-bound and really good book. Piracy is becoming norm in this part of the globe, in a third-world country beggars can be choosers too. DVD movie sells for P70.00, PS2 cd for P100.00 and full-track mp3 or cd album for P35.00. Class “A” Nike running shoes even sell for about P1,700.00 – the entry of Chinese businessmen and our Muslim brothers changes all these and the business of local movie-houses magnate Bichara alongside Philippine movie industry were first to take the plunge.