- Joseph Liwanag harvests bamboos from the mountain to earn a living, he carries the bamboo down to the foot of the mountain and sells them at six pesos each
- One of Joseph's hardworking children is Mauwe; she who would help his father with the back-breaking work of carrying bamboos to feed their family
- The Liwanag family belongs to an Aeta community in Sitio Malipano, Zambales
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They say dreaming is free.
And just like most Filipinos, Joseph Liwanag also has a dream. He wishes to give his children a comfortable life, to let them have what he lacks.
Joseph was born in a modest Aeta family in the province of Zambales. He learned to work at the very young age. Because what they had was not enough to send him to school, he was deprived of the chance to study.
The 35-year-old doesn't want his family to experience what he had been through.
Joseph earns a living through "pagbubuho" (bamboo harvesting). He would climb a mountain for two hours before he reaches the area where the bamboos are located. He would then carry the bamboos down the foot of the mountain and sell. Each bamboo costs 6 pesos.
To support his children and to provide basic needs for their family, Joseph would wake up every day before the sun shines. But what he earns every morning hardly make both ends meet. He needed the help of his children Karen, Gelyn and Mauwee to sell bamboos.
The children have to lift bamboos and walk down a steep mountain. It breaks Joseph's heart to see his children working, but it is the only way for them to survive.
One of his hardworking children, Mauwe, is currently studying in a public school in Zambales. She loves learning and is very active in the classrooms. Having no allowance doesn't discourage her to strive. A cup of rice for lunch will do.
The 12-year-old studies at Batiawan Integrated School and is now in Grade 2.
There are times when Mauwe would miss attending school because she has to work in the mountains to help feed their family. She would help his father carry bamboos to earn money.
Mauwe is willing to do back-breaking work to help her family. From the mountains, she has to carry the bamboo down.
Just like her father, Mauwe also has a dream - to have a comfortable life for their family.
She also wishes to be a doctor someday. - Kami Media
Video from I Witness, GMA Network