[Note: I know the picture is a bit confusing but i was actually aiming for the kids when i took that photo]
They’re old enough to be in school but too young to be peddling in the middle of the night.
I remembered when I was in college, there are a lot of kids at the boulevard peddling peanuts or singing to people in exchange for money. Some, apparently not inclined to do either prefers the old fashioned begging.
Most of them don’t go to school. They peddle there day in and day out for food. Some of the kids work as motorcycle guards or washes cars.
I really pity these kids knowing that their parents are not exactly invalids but are simply too lazy to work and instead sends their kids at the boulevard so they can have money for gambling. This is not an assumption by the way. We did talk to these kids before when I was still a journalism student in Dumaguete.
The Boulevard, with all its calm facade and beauty is not exactly the best place for a child at night. Prostitution, drugs and a lot of illegal things happen at the boulevard and around it. These kids are too young to be exposed to these things.
Yet, there they are every day and every night. What kind future awaits them? I wonder.