Monday, January 31, 2011

My World#102 Streetchildren

They were all sweaty, dirty and smelled of the sun. They were probably out in the streets for hours everyday but when they were called to gather even with the obvious appearance of the food, they came in slowly.

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They were told to sit and they obeyed...for a while. Some actually tried to sit properly while we gave them their packed meal of Jollibee Chicken Joy but for somebody who probably was used to scrounge for food out in the streets, a clean meal needs to be taken care of the fastest and easiest way one can think of.

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Squatting in front of the chair while tackling the Jollibee Chicken Joy is the best way to handle the food for these streetchildren. I was just happy to see them enjoying their food...anyway they eat it.

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Photos were taken during our outreach program for streetchildren last December.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Skywatch#62 Eternal Flame Of Freedom, Corregidor

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Eternal Flame of Freedom - A large steel sculpture which symbolizes the Flame of Freedom burning eternally. It is located at the rear of the Pacific War Memorial dome on a raised platform which provides visitors a breathtaking panoramic view of Manila Bay, the Bataan Peninsula, and the coastline of Cavite. Designed by Aristides Demetrios, the sculpture commemorates the sacrifices, hopes and aspirations, and the heroic struggle by the United States and the Philippines to preserve freedom for future generations. The sculpture stands as a reminder that all men will fight as one if need to be to defend a nation's liberty.
source: www.corregidorisland.com

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Monday, January 24, 2011

My World#101 Poverty At The Young Age

I saw this family while waiting outside a mall for my friends. The mother was obviously a street sweeper and was in a hurry to finish her work in that area. She called out her kids to help but they were busy playing by the street. A few minutes after and after several urgent calls from their mother, they started to help. The older one took the garbage can nearer to her mother, while the smaller one helped bring the mother's things.

It was heartwarming to see that the kids know how to help each other out and at the same time, saddening to see that they experience poverty at such young age.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Skywatch#61 View From The 2nd Floor

Photo was taken from the window of our seminar venue last year. As good as it was to learn something, seminars can get boring after seating for several hours in several days. So, I took this photo from the 2nd floor where our seminar venue was while taking a break.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My World#100 House Of Hope

A trace of weariness lined her face; a kind of weariness that was commonly absent among healthy kids her age. She tried to smile but while she looked sweet at times, she could not help but grimace at other times. She wanted to keep her shoulder-length hair but her treatment made it all impossible. She even thought her treatment won't happen because they were really poor but thank God to some kind-hearted individuals who helped her, her treatments pushed through. Difficult as it was, she was always hopeful. Her illness made her family poorer but she promised herself that once she gets well, she will work hard. Not only that, she plans to return to House of Hope. The place where indigent children stricken of cancer were being housed while undergoing treatment.

She is one of them now but she hopes she'll be able to get away from it.


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Last month, I went on an outreach program for cancer-stricken children who were staying at the House of Hope. House of Hope is a halfway house for children with cancer and their families while they are having treatment at the Davao Regional Medical and Training Center. They were mostly indigent families.

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Our group invited some cosplayers to entertain the kids and their families. Canon lent us some digital point and shoot cameras for the kids' use.

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At the end of the day, the kids and their families such a grand time. It was so heartwarming to see and I'm proud that I have become a part of it.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Skywatch#60 Sunday Flea Market

We decided to check out the Sunday flea market near the San Pedro Cathedral. The flea market was there in time for the Christmas season and that Sunday was their last day there. So, off we go for some cheap buys. Unfortunately, we got too busy taking photos of the City Hall that we were not able to explore much of the flea market. We ended up buying some ornamental plants though.

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This photo was taken from the 2nd level of the restaurant.  The flea market was just below.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

My World#99 More Photos from Lamdag Dabaw...

I promised to post more of the photos from 1st Lamdag Dabaw (Davao Lights) Festival. Here are some of the character-participants from the festival....

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Skywatch#59 People's Park Dancing Water Fountain

The newly installed dancing water fountain of People's Park. It was opened in time for the Christmas season 2010.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

My World#98 More Lights At Mana House

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It never fails to surpass itself every year. Once again, Mana House came up something spectacular for its annual Christmas lights display. For this year, the theme is "Fantasyland".

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A few blocks away from Mana House which is located along J.P. Laurel Ave., traffic started to stall. I know that the place is a people-magnet but still, I was surprised to see the big turn-out of people gawking and taking pictures of the place. They were by the busloads!

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The previous annual Mana House lights display only covered the facade and front yard of the popular antique store. This time, the lights reached its side buildings and way above the roofs of the store. They almost look like they were trying to reach up to the skies.

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