Let me say that the Philippines is a beautiful place.
But like all places, there are areas...that could use a little more beauty. Areas you don't see on the vacation brochure...
This is the Balatas dump.
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There were a lot of things you don't want to see there. Homes...built on trash. The ground you walk on sinking just a little under the weight of your foot...because it's not soil...it's trash. At another site named 'Smokey Mountain', methane gas would be visibly rising out of the 'mountains' of rubbish. But the most heart breaking thing about this whole scene is the people...kids even...going through the trash for things they can recycle for money...or for things they can eat like left over hamburgers and other food.