The poor eat restaurant waste “pagpag” in the Philippines

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Check out this CNN story, http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/30/world/asia/philippines-pagpag-slums/?hpt=hp_c3.  It’s a sad story made more sad by the fact that you have to watch an official Philippine tourism video “It’s More  Fun in the Philippines”  as an advertisement before you get to see the story about the poor eating garbage.  It’s hard to image a worse placement for a Philippine tourism ad.

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We buy chicken scraps from a restaurant chain to feed our dogs. We pay P25 per kilo or roughly 25 US cents per pound. This CNN story set in Manila describes how selling and consuming “pagpag” (restaurant waste) is a way of life for the poor there.

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  1. Greetings have just moved to Cebu from Canada, am looking for an ex pat club etc any ideas …thanks dave

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  2. Hi Bob, I saw the article this morning. I would like to say I was suprised but I was not. Poverty is so much a part of life there. I wonder how much philandrophy occurs from the well to do Filipino. A sad but real story. Too be fair this is happening all over the world. Take care. Ron

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    • Hi Dave,

      I mainly posted the CNN story link because to watch the pagpag story you first had to watch a “It’s More Fun in the Philippine” video ad. I’m sure things were set up so that Philippine stories automatically got the ad but the result was very jarring.

      Bob

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  3. I didn’t see the Philippine tourism ad but the “pagpag” video is simply heart wrenching. I would not show this to my asawa as she is already up in arms over so much of our tax dollars going to support and feed so-called “needy” Americans. This video makes one wonder how all the so-called ‘world hunger programs’ money flows.

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