“This place is so peaceful. Crimes are not happening. If there is, then we, the neighbors and even, all the people in Bagong Silang will have unity in finding the suspect. The barangay leaders are also supportive. They provide good electricity and safe water. They give health services yearly. We access to education. We all have our own houses and clean environment. We have peace and order. That is Bagong Silang!” – said by the residences as our block, V26, interviewed them during our Community Immersion for our CWTS1 subject.
Well, as we keenly observe the living conditions of the community members, daily activities of the families and ways and manners the people communicate with each other and with other people, I believe on what they had said because the happiness is really obvious when you see them. Despite their main problem, which is financial problem, the smile from their faces never fades. It seems that they have no problem. In them, I can see the real Filipino – being hospitable and happy. We are so glad that we had the chance to visit Bagong Silang, meet the Bagong Silang people and learn from them.
This photo was taken while travelling by jeepney to Bagong Silang. It is located at North Caloocan and is bordered by Marilao River in its north and west. It is said to be the largest barangay in the Philippines in terms of land area and population. According to Barangay Councilman Carlito Peralta, “This barangay was established during the Marcos era and was called Bagong Silang (newborn) as a symbol of renewed hope for the relocated people from Tondo in Manila, Commonwealth in Quezon City, and San Juan City.”
This photo was taken as I pass by the paths of Bagong Silang and as check the houses of the community members. I might say that it is not really in the place. It is in the people that composes the place. They may have no tourist spots. They may have houses stuck together. They may have small roads. They may have small houses not enough to the families. But the people living here were the real people, the real Filipino people.
In this photo, I am with my host family in their home. The girl beside me is the light of the house. Her spouse is a carpenter and working in Cavite. They have two sons. The first child is named Carl (the one in front), 6 years old. According to him, someday, he wants to be a soldier. Keep dreaming, bro! The second child who is an 6 months old boy, is not in the picture because he is sleeping. The boy that I am carrying is their cousin named Derek.
This photo says that kids of Bagong Silang can also get along with the kids of new generation. Derek poses with the peace sign and pout lips. But what I love about the kids of Bagong Silang is that they never leave the games we used to play when we are young. They are still playing piko, teks, chinese garter, tumbang preso, patintero, habulan, taguan and the like.
In this photo, I a with some members of RESAKA, a partner organization of DLSU-CWTS. RESAKA is an all-girls organization in Bagong Silang, Caloocan that aims to help the people of Bagong Silang.
V26 is now leaving the roads of Bagong Silang. We are very fortunate to be with you. All we want to say is thank you!