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"Gates Of Hell" Manila: Filipinos Give Dan Brown Free Publicity

Controversial writer Dan Brown is on the hot chair after describing the Philippine capital Manila the “gates of hell” in his new book Inferno. Brown can now feel the heat of “inferno” or "impiyerno" to Filipinos, from the Catholic country.

Filipinos have divided opinion regarding this newest issue regarding a fiction book. 

Some Filipinos think that Brown based his description on the truth: the pollution, sex trades, human trafficking and other negative issues that the American author cited in his book. Fortunately, he did not mention about the election of 20-year OJT NancyBinay and the failed marriage of Aiai Delas Alas.

Others think otherwise. The most prominent of them is Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Atty. Francis Tolentino who furnished Brown a letter to show his disappointment. Tolentino thought that his letter can make Manila 100% free from pollution and human trafficking.

Tolentino invited Brown to visit Manila to see the wonders of the city, just like how people invited British newsman Piers Morgan to the country when Morgan was a subject of a petition for deportation following his comments on American gun laws. 

However, Tolentino did not mention if he is giving Brown free plane tickets or just depend on the author’s private jet (if he has one).

Because of this controversy, Inferno is expected to get good sales in the country (and in other Catholic countries). Some online stores have already placed Inferno on their front pages.

Other religious people are urging the government to ban the book, just like what happened to Brown’s earlier book Da Vinci Code. These people are victims of the effective near-to-reality elements used by Brown in his books.

One thing is for sure: Inferno is a work of fiction. And only the stupid people think fiction books are the truth. Brown must be in New York preparing to thank all Filipinos for the free publicity.

Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner in Quezon City. He is an Igorot from Sagada, Mountain Province. To get in touch with him, please shoot an email to christianaligonow@gmail.com.


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