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Puerto Gallera – Philippines

This weekend was a long one in the Philippines. The National Elections are being held and the Government here, as it does, has allowed the locals a holiday to vote. This means there’s no one in the office, predominantly, so we decide to take off to the Island off Laguna (Called Mindoro) where the Filipino resort of Puerto Gallera (and it’s variations) exists for the pleasures of the Filipino tourist. I say this because, as we found out, we are like martians when we are there. Nothings really geared towards dealing with Foreigners and when Sao tried to convince them she was Thai, there was a lot of incredulous looks and disbelief. I’d think there are not many Thai’s going to this resort area.

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Puerto Gallera - Philippines

Manila North Cemetery – Little Girl

Manila Cemetery - Little Girl

It was hot as hades by 9am. I am unsure how they do it. We clunked around, street by street, asking kids and anyone willing to be the subjects of our Photography to pose. They seemed willing and very friendly. It was a fun exercise for sure. On occasion there seemed to be some resistance to our lenses stuck in their faces (although we had longer lenses, so it wasn’t too “in your face”)

A few of the kids were stunning and it’s hard to believe that they live in such conditions. People seem happy, yet cynical of the conditions they are in. There are very few “past 14” teenagers per se, we are thinking they are either away at school, or in some other kind of employ (perish the thought). There are some middle-aged women looking after the raft of kids that seem to have invaded the place. Many are getting the day underway by collecting water (we’re not sure how they keep themselves clean or toileted) and we seem to be a welcome attraction to the day’s normally boring activities.

All in all, it was an enjoyable two hours. But it really showed up the divide between haves and have nots.

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