- A photo of three kids selling nuts went viral early in December 2017
- The kids, age 9-12, are students by day, but peddles peanuts and chicharon at night
- Their entertaining antics while selling captured the attention of a photographer and turned them into models
They are notorious in the streets of Dumaguete City. Three street peddlers who not only provide immediate midnight snacks, but also late night entertainment.
They are Kurt Sido, Lord Rodriguez, and Jon-Jon Calum. They are 12, 11, and 9 years old respectively.
They go to school in the morning to afternoon. And at night, they roam the streets to earn a little bit of cash to help their parents.
A photo of the three friends was posted on the Facebook page Hugot Beki and received strong reactions from netizens.
Many of the commenters recognized the kids and said they also see them around town.
They shared how entertaining the kids are. They usually do catwalks, modeling, singing or dancing to convince customers to buy their goods. They're also quick-witted and funny, said those who saw them in person.
On Fridays and Saturdays, they even dress up in costumes.
Some netizens praised the kids perseverance. Others, however, lamented that these kids shouldn't be out on the streets until 3 in the morning. They called on the parents to make sure the kids are safe and focused on their studies.
Recently, a Dumaguete-based photographer took interest in the three vendors and engaged them in a glamorous photoshoot.
According to the Facebook post of Paul-Gino Guevarra, they first caught his attention during the Miss Dumaguete Pageant. The kids hi-jacked the stage after the event and proceeded to bravely entertain the remaining crowd.
Paul also implored his followers to help the kids by buying their products when they see them.
He said the children just want to earn money to support their studies and achieve their dreams.