Despite the very real economic progress made in the last twenty years, millions of Filipinos still live in poverty. Street children (many orphaned) are one of the saddest consequences of this – some reports estimate some 1.5 million kids are living rough. In Manila and other large cities you’ll see very small children begging for money in the street or dancing in front of cars at dangerous interchanges for tips. You’ll also come across kids aggressively begging for change; sometimes they are known as “rugby boys” – nothing to do with the sport but a famous brand of glue that they sniff. Many locals refuse to give them money for fear of encouraging dangerous behaviour – others give a few pesos out of pity. If you want to help a good place to start is Street Kids International (wwww.streetkids.org), or the Cavite-based Life Child (wwww.lifechild.org).

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The stunning Philippines in pictures

The stunning Philippines in pictures

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Gorgeous video explores the Philippines from above

Gorgeous video explores the Philippines from above

The Philippines is beautiful from the ground, but from above it's even better. This video soars hundreds of metres into the air to give you a bird's-eye view …

29 Jul 2015 • Lottie Gross videocam Video
Batanes: off the radar on The Philippines' remotest islands

Batanes: off the radar on The Philippines' remotest islands

Kiki Deere, co-author of the Rough Guide to the Philippines, heads off the tourist trail to Batanes. This cluster of islands, located almost 150km off the north…

25 May 2015 • Kiki Deere insert_drive_file Article
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