Dec. 21, 2009Filipinos blend cultures for festive Christmas
Story and photos by Eroll Yabut
Junior reporter, Youth Journalism International
CASTILLEJOS, Zambales, Philippines – The Philippines – a country sunken in the ocean of crises, poverty and controversies; who would ever think something unexpected hides behind the gloomy shadows of my country’s image?
To other countries, it may be a yard full of snow, a table full of food, a tree above a bunch of gifts and a time of happiness and joy, but what will it be in my own country?
I am truly blessed to have a family with an average financial condition. Yes, there are hundreds or even thousands of millionaires in the Philippines, but what about the rest of the population? Every year the rate of unemployment increases, as the birth rate also increases, making more mouths to feed, less jobs for money, and less money for food.
Now it may sound like Christmas in the Philippines is the worst and gloomiest Christmas in the world. But I’m going to tell you a freaky fact I know: It’s not! In fact, it may even be the happiest and most festive around the world.
Read the rest of Eroll's story and see more of his pictures here.