Land is Life – Farmer’s Fight For Justice in the Philippines

Their world grows rapidly, a world that has forgotten about them; man-made structures pummel the once baron green lands where many of them have stood upholding those lands day-in-day-out, the lands that have provided them, and us, with so much. For generations they’ve tended to these lands, creating sustenance from small seeds. Feeding their own…

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The Philippines – Behind the Postcard

As the postcard shows, we see the Philippines as a myriad of pristine white sand beaches and emerald waters so clear you can almost see your own reflection. It’s the kind of image that makes most of us want to teleport from our dull grey offices right into that colourful postcard of sunshine, laying on…

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Fair Trade helps women rebuild their lives two years on after Typhoon Yolanda

On November 8th 2013 category 5 Typhoon Yolanda decimated the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines, leaving catastrophic carnage to some of the Philippines poorest regions. While the city of Tacloban wore the brunt of the storm and received the most media attention, Typhoon Yolanda ravaged many other small islands in the region, reducing them…

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Our homestay experience on Philippines Balicasag Island – Supporting the local people

Tourists know Balicasag Island for it’s gorgeous coral reefs brimming with the life of hundreds of colorful fish species. Fishing boats flock here from neighbouring island Panglao during the hours of 8 – 10am so visitors can float the crystal clear waters, watching the underwater scenes of vibrant coral, bright blue starfish, the occasional giant…

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Manila’s Slums – The People Left Behind

A thousand years spread through this city, a vast spectrum of incomprehensible inequality and indifference.     One end beholds the rapid construction of high-rise buildings where individuals spend their days operating for the monetary gain of the Philippine’s most affluent. Tailored suits and classy attire march through the streets like an army of structure…

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