The advent of high technology brought about by relentless improvements in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has brought everything down to e-.
That thing that started it all -- the most popular of all is e-mail. Then came e-commerce. E-learning. E-book. E-bay. E-passport. E-pass. E-ticket.
On the local front, we have e-load that turned into a booming business side by side sari-sari stores.
Then, what do you know! E-burol! Relatives of deceased individuals don't have to be physically present to attend a wake or a funeral, they simply need access to the site that hosts the virtual burol.
Here's another: e-dalaw. Do you have a relative imprisoned in the National Penitentiary in Muntinlupa? No time? Too far? Get a scheduled online video-chat with your relative-inmate from the Bureau of Corrections office, and you will be granted a 10 to 20-minute e-dalaw privileges. Amazing, huh?
Too sick to hear mass? Log on to e-mass!
What will they think of next? E-wedding? Then we will have e-honeymoons. (Hmmm...Isn't this another term for...er..). Then we may as well have e-babies and e-families living in e-houses, eating e-food, driving e-cars!
Oh, E.T., we miss you!