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Poverty Is A Choice

Believe it or not, you can choose to be poor!

Years ago, I was jobless for months. My savings were dropping. I did some volunteer jobs, only walking to and from the office every day to save the little money I had for the day. At lunch, I would eat only two pieces of banana. Depressed, I asked God why I was experiencing poverty. Was that His way of favoring me? But, what is poverty anyway? Pointing at the beggars on the sidewalk of Makati Avenue, I asked, "Is that poverty?" I had no answer but there's only one way to find out. Be one of them.

Leaving all things behind except for the clothes I was wearing and a few bucks, I left home and spent the night in a park together with all sorts of homeless people. I couldn't sleep the way the homeless could. I had fear in my mind that someone might just strip me naked and steal everything I had, or find myself in the morning with a knife on my chest. Thinking that my life was already a throw-away, I went to places where men crui…

Corruption = Poverty

In a country like the Philippines, where corruption is a cancer in stage seven times seven times seven, poverty in a Filipino society has become chronic and acute, infecting the lives of Filipino people, especially the children, who should have been in school studying rather than out in the streets scavenging and forced to labor. The children suffer the worst in poverty; and you can only blame that to the selfish, immature, and irresponsible adults who have a mindset of a crocodile.

If I were to produce a movie about the corruption in the public and private sections of the society, "The Crocodiles" would be an appropriate title. My apologies to the animal welfare organizations if I had to compare your well-loved crocodiles to corrupt public servants and private capitalists. If this should stir a controversy, then I should stick to "The Mosquitoes". Upon seeing the financial potential of real estate properties along the banks of Pasig River in Makati due to the ris…

Blog Action Day 2008 : Poverty

On October 15, 2008, Blog Action Day, an annual nonprofit event, aims to unite the world’s bloggers to write and post about Poverty. The aim of Blog Action Day is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion.

If you're a blogger, I invite you to join this event. For details, visit the the Blog Action Day website at