Komunidad: Life in Rural Philippines

Contributed content by Thomas Tham

By Baker Johnson

Children and Families in the Community

You do not have to go far out of the urban cities to suddenly see the stark contrast of life in rural Philippines. In many rural Filipino communities, it is subsistence living, growing and rearing what they eat. Each season many Filipinos expectantly wait on whether or not they will have a surplus to sell. Uncontrollable factors, such as devastating weather, can have a significant effect on food production. 

Each of these hard-working communities supplies food and materials for their rural villages as well as for surrounding cities. They are crucial contributors to their society's survival and future. However, many of these local members struggle to provide for their own families. 

Children in rural komidads are incredibly active. You can often observe children actively utilizing their environmental elements and natural scenery to make a large playground within their local community. 


Children in rural communities enjoy the space and safety to play outside. 

Rural communities are filled with friends who share a passion for adventure.

With trees to climb, bugs to catch, and plenty of dirt to dig in, even the simplest backyard outing can be an adventure.

Children growing up in rural communities often get creative with how they play.

Rearing piglets is a good business opportunity.

Each of these hard-working communities supplies food and materials for their rural villages as well as for surrounding cities. They are crucial contributors to their society's survival and future.

Handcrafted items are an additional source of income for rural Filipino families.

Three-wheeled vehicles like this one are the main transportation service for people to travel around.

Uncontrollable factors, such as devastating weather, can have a significant effect on food production.

In a caring community, a child is never alone.


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