6th PCP Professional Photojournalism Workshop – Christmas Wishes: The Children of Sitio Agusuhin

Photos and text by Jo A. Santos

It is late November, and the elementary school of Sitio Agusuhin is filled with colorful Christmas decorations. In one classroom corner, children decorate a Christmas tree with small parols – cardboard stars pasted with handwritten notes.

In 2006, these children and their families were displaced when Korean-owned Hanjin built the third largest shipbuilding facility in the world. Forced to resettle in areas far away from their means of livelihood, they received little to no compensation for the loss of their homes and property.

With many families facing yet another threat of eviction, these children’s Christmas parols reflect their wishes, hopes and aspirations amidst the uncertainty of their future.

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