Dan Brown's Reply to the Letter of MMDA Chief Francis Tolentino

And so Dan Brown called Manila as "Gates of Hell" in his latest novel titled "Inferno".

From the past week and until today, Dan Brown's latest novel "Inferno" has been getting criticisms over the citing of Manila as "gates of hell". To which, as maybe a result of instant reaction, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino sent the author a letter expressing his disappointment over the "inaccurate portrayal" of the metropolitan Manila.

Here goes a part of Chairman Tolentino's letter:
We write to you with much concern regarding your recently published novel "Inferno" and its mention of Manila being defined by a number of terrible descriptions of poverty, and pollution, among others, having suffocating pollution, and a horrifying sex trade and worse, being alluded as 'gates of hell
While we are aware that yours is a work of fiction, we are greatly disappointed by your inaccurate portrayal of our beloved metropolis. We are displeased of how you have used Manila as a venue and source of a character's breakdown and trauma, much more her disillusionment in humanity
Our faith in God binds us as a nation and we believe that Manila citizens are more than capable of exemplifying good character and compassion towards each other, something that your novel has failed to acknowledge. Truly, our place is an entry to heaven
We hope that this letter enlightens you and may guide you the next time you cite Manila in any of your works
 With that, Dan Brown replied accordingly and here goes it:
The letter of Dan Brown is a mere direct quotation of his book's copyright page. I haven't got a hold of the "Inferno" book yet but perhaps, Chairman Tolentino failed to read this page referred by Mr. Brown.

While there is heart and deep regard for Manila on the part of Atty. Tolentino, we cannot deny also that there are a lot of true things mentioned by Dan Brown in his book. Traffic jams, malicious trades, rape and all those have been and are continuously happening right within the heart of Manila. If Dan Brown failed to mention the good things about Manila, maybe this is our avenue to inform him.

Manila being gates of hell could be Dan Brown's opinion and he is free to express it. But as I've said, we can take this thing, turned into the positive side, take it as a challenge and prove Dan Brown wrong about his "fictitious" remarks and references.

How about you? What is your take on Dan Brown calling Manila as gates of hell?

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Anonymous said...

Mr. Brown's depiction of Manila may just be the only accurate fact in the book. Mr. Tolentino should just suck it up, take it like a man and instead of getting hilariously butthurt should do his job and prove Mr. Brown otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Mr Brown's opinion or belief about Manila maybe true for him. But as advice or recommendation, not to visit Manila ever again. Because if he does that gate of hell might open up just to suck him in.

A lot of people in Manila are trying make this city a great city again. So get the fuck up and mind your own business.

Has he experienced bad things in Manila during his stay? I guess not, but I'm pretty sure he was treated by Manileno with Filipino hospitality.

Michael Ibanez said...

To Mr . Dan Brown , whatever your diverted reasons you made from your fictitious work, still you should be responsible enough to use some description if places in your stories...Hope you will still remember your obligation being an author and writer...respect the direct implication of incident for existing and living community...

trippyegg said...

This just made Francis Tolentino a pussy and proved The Philippines' government system is a disgrace having Francis Tolentino sits as the MMDA chairman.