Smokey Mountain

The Children of Mother Earth, The Children of Smokey Mountain, Manila.  April 11, 2010 Performance at “Jasmine”, in San Diego, California.

We traveled to Manila in 2009 to research a new water treatment facility for the people of Tondo, Manila.  While there, we spent some time with “The Children of Mother Earth”, who live in the infamous “Smokey Mountain” area.  We were overwhelmed with emotion, and inspiration, by their resilience and extreme love of life, despite the countless challenges they face on a regular basis.

The very next year, they just happened to be performing here in San Diego and we were able to capture a bit of that performance.  This video combines some of that, plus a bit of footage from Manila (we weren’t there to film, so we only had low budget handicams for the overseas trip, unfortunately).