This picture is probably one of the first disturbing things I have seen.
This child is rowing a on a piece of Styrofoam – using 2 pieces of wood as oars. How sad.
When I asked what he was looking for – no one could really answer – except that he had a bag of bottles so I think he may have been scavenging the water for bottles – the building we were on banked on the river and I think the boys (there was another) were getting the bottles that washed up and those that were thrown over.
They were reaching out and saying something but I couldn’t make it out. Look at the color of the water. The water is “dead”. There are no fish – it’s too polluted. What would happen if they fell in? What diseases? Where are their parents?
Off in the distance you can see where many of the squatters live – these boys were probably from that area. We drove through one of the squatter areas – and its unlike anything I have ever seen in my life. It’s nothing we would see at home.
This picture reminds me of the one thing that was worse than the boating children – in this picture you see ppl around that car – well they are asking for money or food.
So they are adults right – no problem – yes but – on the other side of this street there was about that was about 6-7 years old with these huge brown eyes – in his arms cradled a new baby – about 2 or 3 months old. He was going up to car windows tapping –begging for money or maybe food.
The only other place that there were “beggars” was outside of the Manila Cathedral – it’s so “old country” I think with a Spanish influence – it was gorgeous.
There were 2 weddings while we were there (one done and one in progress)
The ceilings were amazing (and hand painted).
Across the way through this corridor - was the palace courtyard where the reception was set up.
The picture of the building is the third floor where many of the windows are closed - behind those doors is the kitchen preparing for the wedding.Also I think when I was taking this pic there was a cat on the roof (is it there?)
Have a great day!