On a recent trip to Philippines with Canadian volunteer medical organisation Go-Med Andrew and I had some time to explore Baguio City Market. It is a maze of stalls, alleys and small shops. Market seems to have no beginning and no end.
And there are children. They don't cry or throw a fit, they just happy to be next to their relatives, get some treat with little money or play jumping ropes. Back home I was not sure what to expect - hungry begging miserable children with no future. In reality kids are very much loved and taken care of. Families are large and very tight. And parents are very friendly and happy to show off their kids for the camera. There is a saying - It is impossible to get a picture of one child - in 20 seconds there will be 20 smiling and willing to pose children in the frame! Average age in Philippines is 23 years, and Baguio is home for many colleges and universities.
More young faces from the market are here.