Wednesday, December 12, 2007

On the train through Manila

These pictures from December 2007 follow the train ride from Sucat (southern Manila) to Tuyuman (northern Manila). The government is committed to dismantle the slums and claim back the occupied property for investment in the railroad sector. The squatters are relocated, but some stay even after their homes had been demolished as some of the following pictures will show.

Photo above: Jumping in and out of the train at Sucat station.

Photo above: Grids protecting commuters against stones, garbage bags and 'flying saucers', as bags full of shit are called. Please note, that this is the fastest garbage collection in town.

Photo above: Jeepney of the rails, required to transport goods and people between railway stations.

Photo above: Some of the worst locations for squatters along the riles.

Photo above: Probably the smallest sleeping locations with a roof in town. The 'flying junkyard' is an illegal billboard out of function.

Photo above: Demolished shanties but people returned.

Photo above: Life along the riles.

Photo above: Getting ready for Christmas.

Photo above: Space is scarce.

Photo above: What future?

Photo above: Some shacks are worse than others.

Photo above: A room with a view.

Photo above: At least somebody owns a vehicle to get out.

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At December 13, 2007 at 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do slum dwellers have more children compared to middle class Filipino families?

At December 13, 2007 at 1:36 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

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At December 13, 2007 at 1:43 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

So you took that train... nice trip isn't it?
What we REALLY need is a fast train connection from Muntinlupa up to Valenzuela!

The richer people become the greedier they are... so yes I think the people tend to have less children when they become middle class.
Nothing new... it was the same in Europe... big families of 6 or 7 children wasn't an exception two or three generations ago. Now people are much richer and they want only one or two children or no children at all. Now we got a graying population in Europe with not enough children...

But people love to have big families in the Philippines... they do everything in large group... if you are alone they think you are a loner and unhappy...
And then they are very Catholic...

At May 4, 2008 at 9:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it safe to take a train ride as a tourist in manila ? we're going for our 3rd holiday there but haven't really explored the "real manila !"

At May 19, 2008 at 11:52 PM, Blogger brommel said...

Kirsty, I never found Manila unsafe. Got stepped 3 times in Houston and mugged once in New York but never came close to anything like that in Manila. Would consider it safe.

The only annoying thing might be that some kids throw stones onto the wagon windows. Since the windows are closed nothing can happen. I took the pictures from the doors and wasn't used as a target.

At October 26, 2008 at 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Brommel,
I lived in Manila from Sept. 06 - April 08. I lived and worked in Makati but spent my Saturday mornings at a boys shelter in Pasay. I found that you can live in Manila for very long without seeing the real truth about life in the slums in Manila. Without the knowledge noone will ever address these problems. So thank you for portrating some of the horrific images of Manila and may people realize that help is needed to turn the future for kids in these areas. Demolishing these areas helps nothing if it only relocate the problems. It takes more and hopefully people with the power to make real changes realize this.

At June 1, 2009 at 5:48 PM, Blogger viki said...

I belong to a charity that helps neglected and abused street children in Manila, and there are many of them. If you would like to find out more about us, or would like to help please find us at Every penny we receive goes to the kids as all who run the organisation are volunteers and pay for everything they need themselves. The work they do in the Philippines is amazing. Poverty over there is such an understated problem and is on a massive scale. The photos you have posted are great, and this kind of exposure is invaluable to the people living there who need our help. They are such wonderful people to, always happy, smiling, and welcome you into their homes warmly, well done.xx


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