Tuesday, May 04, 2010

happy land

Happiness is a state of mind.


Waking up everyday to the stench and depressing situation and still able to smile at the world means something... makes you realize how lucky you are indeed... and the next time you feel like the world is unfair... think of these children and the lives they live everyday...





Had a chance to visit Payatas and Smokey Mountain with some bloggers that i really admire (Sidney, Dennis, Dodong, and Liza) and it's so sad to see how some of our fellow countrymen live...





Payatas is called the "Lupang Pangako" or the Promised Land but it is manila's dumpsite and is one of the cheap source of livelihood for one of the largest and poorest informal settlers in this jungle city



Smokey mountain is a large landfill in manila with over 2 million tons of waste, where people still live and earn their keep by picking garbage.. adults and children alike...




the way they live and the state they live in will make you cringe and cry not because of the stench and dirt but because of sadness... no one should live like this

 


I never intended to post street children and the depressing lives that some of our people live, but I also have to show you the other side of Manila, the site where others would prefer to look the other way...





But such is life... and i can only hope that posting these pictures here can help them... to let the people know how miserable and sad their life is...




And with hope that people not only see depression but hope especially with the coming elections... and i am begging my countrymen to please vote wisely...


it was journey that is sad and depressing...



they say that once in your life you'll encounter a place or people that will make an impact in your mind and can alter the way you see life...

7 comments:

Hilda said...

I share in your hope and entreaty.

I've pretty much given up on the national government ever making any real change. Corruption is too entrenched, from the highest to the lowest levels. And in all three branches too. But we may yet have a chance with some local governments. Except in warlord provinces, obviously.

arlenedq said...

nice entry

Dennis Villegas said...

So heartbreaking! I feel hurt whenever I see these kids suffer...
Your photos show your talent and warm-heartedness. Brilliant!

L said...

I'm far less pessimistic than Hilda. But changes will take a long time. Generations of families in time-scale most likely.

I think you can compare the situation of these children the best with children during the development of the industrial era in Europe some 150 years ago.

Some children were very bad off back then as well.

Of course it will have to start with the awareness of parents. It is not really sensible to get a child if you cannot take good care of it financially to begin with.

Corruption has nothing to do with that, good education has.

FLiTz said...

Oh my, I thought mahirap na ang buhay ko.

Len said...

Gosh, Pusa, I really feel so sorry for our country...and for these children who are exposed to poverty. All the more now that I am hoping that the new President really really starts to do his job and to look after the poor people. I know it will be difficult to fight corruption but I am praying that these politicians realise just how much power they have got to save our country. I know I'm blabbering here but moving to England has made me realise just how much help our country needs....and this help should come from the people in the government themselves! Thanks so much for the photos! :-)

alexies said...

beautiful photos.

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