"Children of the City" is a short story written by the Filipino contemporary author, Amadis Ma. Guerrero.
The story is about the life of Victor, an eight year old boy whose father was involved in a company menace because of unjust salaries and compensations. His father joined the employee's strike and there he met his death when he was shot by the police officers managing the chaos in the strike. Victor was shocked to know the sudden death of his father on a newspaper. He and his mother were in deep pain upon hearing his father's death.
Soon, her mother had a new husband. She left Victor to his older brother. There, he was trained to be a newspaper boy in the dangerous streets of Avenida. He met there many children doing just like what he is. In those dark street he learned how to curse-say bad words and smoke cigarette because he was influenced by a group of unmannered teenagers. He found himself alone in the street, sometimes being beat up by bullies.
The story ended when the author realized how cruel the world is...
"... And Victor, swirled the life of the city: this city, flushed with triumphant charity campaigns, where workers were made to sign statements certifying they received minimum wage, where millionaire politicians received Holy Communion every Sunday, where mothers taught their sons and daughters the art of begging, where orphans and children from broken homes slept on pavements and under darkened bridges, and where best friends fell out and betrayed one another."
...As we were looking for a street child in Divisoria last August 01, 2012, we found these 2 children, April and Dodong, getting busy licking on the leftover seashells given to them by a lady from a streetside Carenderia. We then approached them to have a conversation with us, and they got very excited. On our way to the cemented benches behind Park Café, they told us if we can give them food to eat for they are very hungry.
If you would try to imagine them with just their names and nicknames, you’ll probably get confused. Bernardo Rivera, also known as April, is a 15 year-old gay, while Dodong’s real name is Rolando Tenquirida, a 13 year-old girl. We told her not to joke with us but both of them insisted that it’s her real name. Along our conversation, we knew that they are cousins.
April and Dodong both stopped schooling at Grade 3 and grade 4 respectively as the typhoon Sendong broke out. They sometimes join classes held at Xavier University during Wednesdays and Saturdays, and they are so proud that they have ates and kuyas in Xavier. After the Sendong tragedy, Dodong was lucky enough to have her family completely but as of April, it turned his father to be missing until now. Before the typhoon hit the city, they were living beneath the Carmen Bridge, and now, both their families are relocated at Lumbia Relocation Site. We asked them why they stayed on the streets while they have homes to stay in, they just said that...
...and her mother cried in anger, fury, and frustration. Sooner, her mother found a new father ffor her son but victor disapproved of him. Then one morning, victor woke up with his mother gone with the man she was going with. Due to the absence of his mother, his mother’s older brother, tio pedring, recommended victor to work for him as newspaper bo. Victor didn’t hesitate and took the job leading him to become as one of the “children of the city.”
The story is about the life of Victor, an eight year old boy whose father was involved in a company menace because of unjust salaries and compensations. His father joined the employee’s strike and there he met his death when he was shot by the police officers managingnthe chaos in the strike. Victor was shocked to know the sudden death of his fathe on a newspaper. He and his mother were in a depp pain upon hearing his father’s death.
Soon, his mother had a new husband. She left victor to his older brother. There, he was trained to be a newspaper boy in the dangerous streets of Avenida. He met there many children dioing just like what he is. But he once made a friend name Nacio. Unfortunately, Nacio was run over by a car while charging into the street. In those dark stree he learned how to curse-say bad words and smoke cigarette because he was influenced by a group of unmannered teenagers. He found himself alone in the street, sometimes being beat by bullies....
...Children of the City
By Amadis Ma. Guerrero
The father of the boy Victor worked on the waterfront and got involved in a strike, a long drawnout affair which had taken the following course: It began with charges that the employees were not being given a just compensation, that part of their earnings were being withheld from them, and that their right to form a union was being disregarded. It escalated with the sudden dismissal, for unstated reasons, of several workers, giving rise to fears that more layoffs would be carried out in the near future. This led to organized defiance and the setting up of picket lines. Finally, one stifling summer evening, violence broke out on the piers of the city as the strikers were receiving sandwiches and soft drinks from sympathetic outsiders.
Victor had been, and still was, too young to understand it all. But when they were living in one of the shanties that stood in Intramuros, he would frequently overhear snatches of conversation between his parents regarding his father’s job. Sobra na, his father would say, we cannot take it anymore. Naglalagay sila, they are depriving us of our wages, and they even have this canteen which charges us whether we eat there or not.
Then his mother’s voice, shrill and excited, would cut in, urging him to swallow it all, accept what little was given to him and stay away from the groups that wanted to fight back. She spoke bitterly of the newly emerging...
Cities of the Future
Presented To: John Gillies
Presented by: Devon Francis
Wednesday, October 8, 2013
The arrival of the cities of the future and what it has to offer such as technology and many other things evolves as everybody awaits to see what the city has to offer and what changes and improvements the city will have also. Many people have these types of question stuck in their heads and wonder: “Could the changes and improvements that are being made in the city actually benefit everybody living here or are these improvement and changes going to make everything worse?” These are the questions that people ask themselves.
Racism is something we've all witnessed. Many people fail to believe that race isn’t a biological category, but an artificial classification of people with no scientifically variable facts. In other words, the distinction we make between races has nothing to do with genetic characteristics. Race was created socially, primarily by how people observe ideas and faces we are not quite used to. The definition of race all depends on where and when the word is being used. It seems that is racism has been around so long we would have been able to overcome it as our species developed, but contact with those of whom we are afraid of often lead to disputes, which, in time, is what caused racism to transform from people simply...
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What is a city? People often confuse a city for a town. Merriam-Webster definition of a city is “A place where people live that is larger or more important than a town: an area where many people live and work.” (Merriam Webster definition). The definition of a town is “an urban area that has a name, defined boundaries, and local government, and that is generally larger than a village and smaller than a city.” The official definitions of these terms do not help clarify the question we are looking for. A city has many more characteristics than being a bigger version of a town. The characteristics of a city have changed over time. (NEED MORE ON INTRO)
Gordon Childe wrote an article, The Town Planning Review, in 1950 in which Childe defined an ancient historic city in ten different metrics. First, “In point of size the first cities must have been more extensive and more densely populated than any previous settlements.” Webster dictionary used this example as the main characteristic of a city. Second, “In composition and function the urban population already differed from that of any village.” Differentiation between people leads to specialization which is an essential quality for a city to thrive. Next, Childe stated that “Each primary producer paid over the tiny surplus he...
...are cities with populations of over 10 million (UNFPA, 12). Based on this definition, it is expected that the number of megacities in the world will be mostly located in the developing world. However, the definition of megacities based on the population size is arbitrary given that the population in any given city changes with context and time. In the ancient times, for example, Rome, which has a population of slightly over 1 million inhabitants, was considered to be a megacity (Bugliarello).
Urbanization has been a major characteristic of human development. In the 1800s, for example, not many people lived in urban eras. However, by the 1950s, there were almost 100 cities throughout the world with populations of over 1 million people. In the recent times, this number has increased tremendously. With the increase in population, there has emerged the need for people to access vital services, such as housing and medical services. Given that these services are mostly available in urban areas, majority of rural residents have moved to urban areas. Therefore, the development of megacities has been associated with the desire of people to get access to better services. According to the projections by the UN, ten of the world’s megacities will be located in Asia alone (Bugliarello, 153).
While there might be various examples of megacities in the developed world, the concept of megacity is purely a developing world...
...Children as soldiers is a phenomenon that is so far fetched in our culture that to believe that other countries have these kids in combat zones is implausible. The realities of these young children soldiers are real and many of these young lives are lost. These young children are recruited in a number of ways, the immense aftermath is undeniable, and the factors, such as environmental, physical, and economic, that encircle their basic need to survive. Children are not born to kill, they are taught. The judicial system and the controversies surrounding the prosecution of child soldiers are ongoing. Although there are several organizations, foundations, and associations that are combating these occurrences, the fact of the matter is, until awareness is increased and the truth is put out there, struggles to defend the human rights and social justice are going to be continuing.
Children on the battlefield have been found throughout history. From the biblical times to World War II, children have been used to fight because of their vulnerability, small size, and their need for survival. These children are exploited from regions in Africa, Iran, Cambodia, Australia, Afghanistan, Canada, and even in the United States. A child under the age of 18 would be considered a child. In the US, a 17 year old child could become a soldier with their parent’s approval. Wouldn’t that...
...Greatest Love Of All" (Whiney Houston)
I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be
Only a mentally deranged builder would cut corners with the foundation and pillars of a mansion he plans to live in. A parallel could be drawn between the pertinence of the foundation of a mansion or sky-scraper and that of the foundation of a child.
I dare state that the latter is more important, because, While an unethical builder could gamble with the foundation of an edifice he doesn’t plan to live; parents can't afford such risks, as children are what make up the home they live in. Lots of home are on the verge of plunging down or have collapsed because these jet-age parents have failed in their responsibility to painstakingly train up their wards. Prodigal sons are not made overnight, but are consequence of years of neglect or abdication of duty on the part of the parents. No farmer plants crops and walk away to water several months after. Even if the plants survived, they would be badly nourished. Rather, a farmer - waters the crops, fertilizes it, tills and weeds the ground to get rid of extenuating influences; the farmer nurtures the crops to ensure bountiful harvest. Yet, the tasks of parenting transcends the ephemeral work of a farmer. Parenting traverse fathering...