Reposting: What’s Life in the Philippines Like?

A lot of foreigners look at the Philippines with rose-colored glasses.

They see the friendly people and the sunny beaches. They see the happy faces, and the few thousand islands that make up the archipelago.

However, this is only a glimpse of the beauty in chaos that is the Philippines.

While it’s hard for me to describe what it is like here, I have decided to share a few videos which I feel is representative of the harsh realities in my own country. These are the stench that politicians want to hide, the poverty that lies in within.

Al Jazeera made a series of great documentaries that show how poor Filipinos are. Slums exist, and you can even book a slum tour to see it in action.

101 East, VERVE and RT Documentary offered a different perspective with the following series:

See the details below:


Philippines: Deliverance – The Slum (Episode 1)

As a birth attendant advocating for family planning, Remy is on the frontline of Tondo’s battle with overcrowding.

Tondo in northern Manila is home to the city’s largest collection of slums. It is also one of the most densely populated areas on the planet.


Risky Business – The Slum (Episode 2)

Faced with daily hardships, making a living is the only way most Tondo residents can ensure they will survive.


Storm Rising – The Slum (Episode 3)

Lives are lost and homes and businesses destroyed when a tropical storm hits the Philippines.


Vote for me – The Slum (Episode 4)

During election season in Manila, politicians are out fishing for votes, but the locals are not all convinced.


For Love or Money – The Slum (Episode 5)

Staying fit and healthy is not easy in a slum, and many residents must perform a delicate balancing act to get by.


Breaking Out – The Slum (Episode 6)

A dancer, a model and a fighter dream of overcoming their harsh realities to achieve wealth and success beyond the slum.


Reposting: Philippines is a Baby Factory. 

They call it the “baby factory”.

At the Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in the Philippines’ capital, Manila, an infant is born every 12 minutes. Many of the new mothers are teenagers, some just 13. 12 years old is the age of consent for the Philippines.

This devoutly Catholic nation, where abortion is illegal, is the only Asian country where teenage pregnancy has increased in the last two decades. Authorities say they want to reduce the birth rate, but the fight to make contraception readily available has been plagued by setbacks. 101 East investigates why children are having babies in the Philippines and meets some of the country’s youngest mothers.


How your leftover McDonalds is recooked and sold by this family to survive.

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Phoning from the Philippines: Outsourcing to Manila’s Call Centres | 101 East

Move over India – Manila is the new call centre capital of the world.
With its English-speaking workforce, geopolitical stability and embracement of Western culture, the Philippines is fast becoming the world’s hottest destination for call centres.


Fallen Angels. True cost of sex tourism: Philippine’s fatherless kids of Angeles City Streetwalkers

Angeles City in the Philippines is a well-known sex tourism destination.

There used to be an American air base here, but now it’s popular among mainly retired men who travel in search of sex for sale. Hundreds of local young women work in the bars and night clubs offering additional services for the money they desperately need to make ends meet and feed their families.

The real victims though are the sex workers’ children, conceived by foreign travellers.


Reposting: Locked Up

“The first time I set foot inside here, I felt like I was being choked,” says Manila City Jail inmate, Guillermo Busano.

“I thought, ‘Where am I? Why am I here?’ I was so scared.”


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