The Happiest People

Dumaguete City

I think about my subjects a lot. I imagine life cannot be easy–it obviously isn’t easy. And they stay outside this big cathedral begging for alms all day. But they’re not exactly unhappy. They laugh, and joke about their predicament like it meant nothing–like being poor meant nothing. What mattered to them was that they had enough change for the next meal, for the next drink, or for the friend who couldn’t meet the quota. They are a community of very, very happy people.

Dumaguete City

Dumaguete City

Dumaguete City

Dumaguete Ciy

Photographed along Perdices St., outside the Dumaguete Cathedral. June 3-7, 2016. Photography by Teegee Villanueva

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