Thursday, December 15, 2011

More Images from Colon Street

The first photo is one of the hundreds of proof that Cebu City is the Capital of Homeless Children in the Philippines. Despite its advances and full embrace of everything modern, at no other place in the country do you see stuporous children sleeping almost naked on the pavement - at midday! I could easily roam the city and make a minimum of two albums of photos of such neglected kids.

I actually rushed to a nearby bakery and bought a bag of bread (better give food than money) for the child above although there was a bit of concern with such random act. I nudged him to wakefulness, but he wouldn't. He was in deep slumber. So I just left the bag beside him. He is just one of the several I saw in Colon and if you think this is coincidental, try walking along Osmena Boulevard, the city's main street - you would find more. Where are the powers that be? The Osmenas, Ramas, the Davides, the mayor and governor, the Social Welfare?

Have we grown modern and left our hearts in our lavish wifi-accessible homes? Wake up, Cebu! Stop this callous disregard and thoughtlessness. The future of our nation is in the hands of our children, but we have forsaken them.

This is the Eye in the Sky!

One of the 2 or 3 Gaisano malls in the area.

Colonnade Supermarket

138 Mall

Bumper to bumper

The area is also dotted with several Lhuilleir pawnshops.

A stately funeral parlor

Please check out more information, photos and a little history of Colon here -

As you move away from Colon, the vista turns lovelier.

Osmena Boulevard going towards the city center and the Provincial Capitol.


Ola said...

terrible about the kids on the streets, I guess this won't change, they got used to such life:(

eye in the sky said...

I know, Ola. And at the risk of repeating myself and sounding like a broken record, I will keep repeating this plea again and again until someone reads this and actually does something for the children. :(

Ramakrishnan said...

Once again there is a parallel in India. The rich get richer & the poor get poorer. The rich live in swanky apartments & poor live in chawls(ramshackle tenements) right next to them.
Appreciate your concern and leaving a loaf of bread besides the lad.

eye in the sky said...

@ R. Ramakrishnan:

I guess it's the same everywhere, but more so in countries like India and the Philippines. And there's a lot of parallelism between our countries.

I like the word "chawls"... I like learning something new everyday. Thanks for that. :)