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Happy land : 9

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: Helen : (Helen is photographing in Melbourne,, Australia) on 18 May 2019 in Lifestyle & Culture.

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 1/400 second F/7.1 ISO 100 35 mm

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Gérard Flayol from Allauch, France

Crying and screaming!!!!!

18 May 2019 6:52am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Très belle scène de vie

18 May 2019 9:09am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Heavy mental stuff!

18 May 2019 10:18am

Marjolein from Enkhuizen, Netherlands

How is it possible that people can survive in these circumstances?
This picture makes me feel like such a privileged person!

18 May 2019 6:05pm

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

My girlfriend from Manila and I were talking about "Happy Land" she has never heard of it and neither have I. Many of these shanty areas are prevalent all over the Philippines, I have photographed one or two but try not to be intrusive. What seems horrible for us is often very normal for these people, in your photo they are doing a good job of recycling material, its what they do to support their needs.

19 May 2019 5:49am

@Jerry: Hi Jerry, thanks for your visit and comment. Perhaps your girlfriend would better know this area as Tondo near the ports. I was invited in to visit and walked with local people in the BRD 105 neighbourhood. I deeply appreciated welcoming smiles and generosity. My series endeavours to, not only portray poverty and hardship, but to display my respect and admiration of their generosity, spirit and endeavour in their daily lives. I do hope that I have succeeded in this.

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

well documented

19 May 2019 6:19am