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At the beginning of a new year, it seems appropriate to focus on the world’s children. One image of the Philippines that will stay with me forever is the many lovely children that one meets while traveling in different parts of this beautiful country. As I traveled, I had a chance to interact with children in a number of settings such as a school in Bohol, a grandparents’ house in Vigan, and urban neighborhoods in Manila. Filipinos have strong family values and most of the children I met were part of a caring family. Sadly in Manila, I also met with kids living on the streets, still beautiful children but with lots of challenges to overcome. As in many overcrowded urban environments all over the world, some kids are left to fend for themselves and often end up dealing with drugs, as were these young kids I saw when I drove through a blue painted underpass. I stopped to talk to them and ask if I could take their pictures. They did not even stop sniffing glue while I was around as you can see in one of the pictures below. It was a very sad thing to witness. We should all think about how to help children in need. Let’s hope the New Year brings some relief to their challenging lives. Meet the children of the Philippines.