We all know that Filipinos are inventive and this picture proves it once again. We had gone to the large rice fields in the municipality of Villanueva to film, and of course we wanted to visit the people who live between and around the rice fields.
There were many paths, although a concrete path seemed to be the main one. Houses and huts stood jumbled in the shade of coconut trees and other trees. In many places, water flowed on the way from or still to the rice fields, to flow under the coastal road into the sea sometime later, after it had irrigated the rice fields. Every second house still had a small sari-sari store. There was plenty of space for children to play under the trees. Adults had hung hammocks in the shade next to their houses and while we smoked around in the midday heat, they went about their siesta.
And there was this rocking chair carved out of an old truck tyre and hung from a tree.
Life can be so beautiful.
You can watch the first video about VILLANUEVA and its people in the rice fields here:
The videos about life in the Philippines are increasing on my YouTube video channel PHILIPPINES TRAVEL. No, I don’t hide or overlook the shortcomings in this country, but I don’t sweep them out and highlight them either. Yes, there was rubbish in the streams and on the edges of the rice fields, but the open spaces where people met and children played were swept clean.