One Million Lights - Rizal
Sharing a couple of portraits I made from the recent distribution of One Million Lights in Montalban, Rizal. While hearing about their cause is heartwarming in itself, it is a totally different experience just being there, while they do their work. The excitement and buzz that ensued among the crowd as we stepped out of the vans, the small outbursts of joy as the villagers tightly clutched their precious lanterns, the instant lightening of gait as they walked around the gymnasium, all were sights best had up close and personal.
This lady above has three children. I'm not quite sure how she had that last one at her age. The one on the right is Daniel, and he wants to be a policeman when he grows up. Given that the average educational attainment is Grade 1, I'm praying hard that his dreams come true.
The event seemed to be dominated by women, both young and old. I suppose that the men were working, or in the mountains. This particular young lass was still quite active, taking care of her young grandchildren after her son's wife passed away. She had me staring open-mouthed at her strength as she climbed up stairs with ease.
The next distributions are in farther flung provinces. Due to the distance, the stay shall probably be longer, so I'm hoping to be able to get to know the communities more. It truly is a blessing to be able to drink in these experiences, disconnecting from life and connecting with one's fellow man.