They live off society’s refuse. Scavengers, they are called. In Ilonggo, “nagapamasura.”Their world exists on the fringes of a highly-urbanized city.
Planners call their place a rurban village, others call it the reminders of a town, an agricultural area that is a throwback to the feudal times when the landlords reign, and continue to do so, in this island.
There are more than 300 of them, scavenging, living off the refuse of others. I went to their world – where flies, birds, insects, ants, worms and them – humans – swarm together on one lonely little hill.
These are what I have seen.
VIEW MORE PHOTOS ON OUR Flickr page
LITTLE GIRL IN THE HOOD | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
For more photos, go to our Flickr page
THRILLA IN FELISA | Used boxing gloves turn two scavengers into entertainers | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles