Monday, April 26, 2010

My World#67 Kids of Caleruega

They trailed us the moment we went out of the gates of Caleruega Church. The boy kept offering the bag of uncooked sweet potatoes (kamote) he was carrying while the girls shyly walked behind him. They had the same features and I thought to ask if they were siblings. They were twelve siblings in all and the teen-age boy whom we bought our drinks from on a makeshift store a few steps away from the gate was one of their older brothers. They all had the same sweet innocent smile even if poverty was quite obvious in them. I told the little boy that he should've cooked the sweet potatoes so I could buy them. He just answered, "you can still buy it uncooked." Such persistence from an innocent boy.

We bought some snacks from the store their elder brother was manning and as we ate our snacks, we talked with the kids. At their young ages, there's already some maturity in the way they answer shyly our prying questions. I asked why were they selling those sweet potatoes instead of playing, the little boy answered that they need the money to help their family. What were their parents doing anyway?, someone asked. He answered, "He's at the farm working and sometimes, we helped him too." 

As our ride has arrived, I asked them to smile for the camera but little boy decided to hide behind his bagful of sweet potatoes, his older brother told him to stop it. So, here's the result:


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Sylvia K April 26, 2010 at 2:58 PM  

Beautiful children and such sweet smiles! And your photo caught them perfectly, Marites! Hope you have a lovely week!


J Bar April 26, 2010 at 3:08 PM  

Interesting post.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Carver April 26, 2010 at 4:29 PM  

What a great post. You did a wonderful portrait of the beautiful children.

Anonymous April 26, 2010 at 6:02 PM  

ang cute naman ng mga bata, very charismatic ang mga features nila.

January April 26, 2010 at 8:58 PM  

Kahit anong hirap ng buhay nagagawa pa rin tumawa ang mga Pinoy!

Yan ang mga Pinoy!

Rajesh April 26, 2010 at 9:52 PM  

Very interesting.

Ann April 26, 2010 at 10:05 PM  

They are not street wise to ask you for money to have their photo taken?

Marites April 27, 2010 at 6:13 AM  

@Ann: No, Ann. They were actually really shy and were just determined to sell those sweet potatoes. We even offered them food instead but they turned it down. They are really adorable.

marcia@joyismygoal April 27, 2010 at 7:01 AM  

they are so cute kinda cute mischievous smiles I love it:)thanks for sharing a piece of your area that is foreign to us

noel April 27, 2010 at 8:45 AM  


that was a very sweet post and shows alot about your excursion...i like camote also

Dave April 27, 2010 at 10:16 AM  

Still smiling come what may.

Jenn April 27, 2010 at 10:17 AM  

I love photographing children, they always turn out so candid and fun.

The Babaylan May 9, 2010 at 12:19 AM  

thanks for the visit. i miss camote;) i've never been to caleruega. missed my chances for so many times. sige lang.

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