In September of 2007, my friend Bob Barton and I went to BASECO with our friend André and nuns from the Missionaries of Charity. I think Bob’s photos show the friendliness and resiliency I have often observed among the poor.
The community is on a stretch of reclaimed swampland bordered by Manila Bay and the Pasig River. It’s called BASECO for the shipyard, Bataan Shipping and Engineering Company, which has abandoned it.
After turning off a main road, the van passed through a better-looking housing development and then stopped not far from the water’s edge.
About 12,000 of Manila’s poorest … Read More