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The little scavenger

Looking forlorn and seemingly lost amidst the hustle and bustle of the cold, uncaring world around him, this young scavenger — who caught my attention as I passed by Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz in Binondo, one weekend — sits alone… probably wondering where and how to get his next meal.

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It’s just one of the many gut-wrenching scenes that remind me of the harsh realities of living in this unforgiving city, where the daily struggle for survival is but a way of life for some, whose fate seems inextricably tied to the dirt and grime of the mean streets.

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” says a passage in the bible. I wonder, how one can still think of themselves as “blessed” in the face of such constant misery…

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