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Happy land : 4

Posted by
: Helen : (who is currently photographing in, Australia) on 13 May 2019 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Happy Land

A short drive from the centre of Manila you will see sign for Happy Land. Happy Land is a place far from what the name leads you to believe. Happy Land is Manila's slum that has sprung from the rubbish dumps of the city.

It is a area where the poor survive in extreme poverty, battling disease and malnutrition. Shanty huts are built from whatever materials can be scavenged and, "... chicken scraps are collected from takeaway's garbage bins then recycled by boiling. It's called 'pagpag', and it's sold to hungry families in the slums for a few pesos.".

Amazingly, despite their life challenges, I greatly admire the people of Happy Land as they can still able to laugh and smile.

Source: Poverty, Malnutrition And Disease Make Manila's 'Happyland' A Very Sad Place

Canon EOS 6D Mark II 1/200 second F/7.1 ISO 320 38 mm

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My oh my . . and there's me complaining that the tap drips in my second bathroom . .

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Excellent : bravo !

14 May 2019 5:19pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
L O V E L Y !!!!
& Congratulations! :)

14 May 2019 5:33pm

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

I just came from Manila a couple weeks ago and you caught the perfect image, I've witnessed these baths many time, even dragging out a bathtub onto the sidewalks during heavy rain. Congratulations on the spotlight

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A stunning exposed scene of everyday life in the slums of Manila! A loving mum and a cute kid ... adorable! Sadly the circumstances these people are living in are very bad which dmakes me look with other thoughts :-(

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