NAIA 3 woes: Bad construction or bad feng shui?

By Recto Mercene, Business Mirror

Posted at Sep 15 2008 11:13 AM | Updated as of Sep 15 2008 07:45 PM

NINOY Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (Naia 3) authorities apparently believe the series of mishaps at the airport, such as the collapse of ceilings, is more bad luck than bad construction, and are thus contemplating if they should have a feng shui (geomancer) expert to divine what could be wrong with
the building’s design.

At the same time, the authorities are also thinking of getting a local medium to exorcise the terminal of “evil spirits” with rituals that include offering the blood of live animals to appease the offended spirits.

Thus does a “modern” airport terminal retrogress from claims of high-tech design and equipment to the spiritualism of our ancestors.

“We are thinking of hiring a Chinese feng shui expert and get his advice on what should be done at the Naia 3 so that we [can] avoid this negative vibration that seems to hound the building,” said an assistant manager who asked not to be named, since he still has to consult his superiors.

He added that local spiritualists or shamans may also be tapped just to make sure they have covered all the bases.

The superstitious among airport officials pointed out that when Naia 3 was built, a whole village and a church across the street were razed and the “desecration” now needs to be rectified, although a new and bigger church had already been built on the site of the previous one.

The idea of appeasing the spirits and recourse to the geomancer’s reading of the proper alignment of natural forces in the building came to a head following the failed attempt on Friday of a distraught woman, who came all the way from Quirino, to hang herself from the fourth floor of the terminal.

Would-be suicide Levi Garma was rescued, however, by people in the terminal at the time who rushed to lift her just when she started to choke from a scarf knotted around her neck. She was immediately brought to the airport clinic.

Airport general manager Alfonso Cusi was quite perplexed why a woman from the provinces would come all the way to Manila and choose to kill herself at the Naia 3.

A day before Garma’s attempt, a 7-meter by 1-meter portion of the airport’s mezzanine ceiling fell down on a luggage carousel two hours after passengers of a Cebu Pacific flight from Iloilo retrieved their luggage from the same conveyor. It is the third ceiling collapse.

Two years ago, a security guard died inside the terminal after his borrowed motorcycle slipped and he was thrown off, hitting his head on a brick wall.