This a somewhat sensative subject which will have lots of comments ... Since we have start living here , that is now more then 6 months ago.,I have notice that the "usual " amount of beggers in the centre of the city has likely doubled or perhaps even tripled. This bad new for tourism , for those that live here , but also puts a blamish on the o so well respected profile others have about our City of the gentle people..... Before you start writing your reply.... In all big cities of the Phils and many other countries it is a given thing.. For sure . However we must not forget that the centre of the city is some 4 streets big and all come together in front of Mc Do , Lee Plaza and Unitop .. This morning I walked from Uymatiao to Lee which takes less then two minutes followed in pursuit by 5 or 6 children and 2 lola,s . SIIR ( it seems they cannot pronounce SIR ...) Bread . or what ever they claim they want.. If you ignore them they don,t stop and jump in front of you SIIR... Lateron the make the infamous two finger movement towards you or stick their tongue out. Then cross the street and yes.. ask Mama waiting there for the money to bring.. to give their BRAND NEW NOKIA that we even dream of... They are always dress in filty clothes and dirty oily hair , to get more sympthaty from the fresh arrived tourists that have pitty on them. Money in the bank.. off they go to the kareoke or buy icecreme or spend it on gambling... Most of them are "shipped in "from Mindanao , whole families at one time . Ofcouse the "disabled " ones make better chances.. One guy I know can run LIKE A ROADRUNNER , but always ACT like he is an foam on his mouth imbecil by birth . lack of oxygen and mumbles something in a waki taki dialect SIIR !! blablabla.. having his "disabled " legs in an for even a gold medal winning Atlete impossible position. When the sun start to move toward his site of the sidewalk.. well he just moves to the other side. Guess those that live here know him aswell , and need no further introduction ! Shameless are the abused children that are TRUELY disabled . One family have two sons , both some 3 and 4 years.. Spina Biifida ,without a t-shirt or other body covering piece of clothes to gain more symphaty and hardly any limbs to carry them . thus Mama moves them about , from one place to the other.. Mana stays "within reach " when son calls or texts to do "the move ". Talking to the mother tells me that she sees it all as a BLESSING... BECAUZZZZZ Money in the bank ......And Papa and Mama need not to find a paid job ,as heir kids that care of the income.By the way..Mommy is pregnant .. again... The ones I truly have pitty for are the REAL blind ones.. I always give them atleast a 100 peso for they are the ones that stand alone......... Untill the one time the husband moved in and reached for the 100 peso I gave her and tells her.. IT IS 100 PISO LANG !! Guess he was expecting me to give a 500 peso bank note... The Major ,a very kind person indeed ,tells me there is nothing they can do. Sending them back ,makes them return the other day. This topic is not to insault those who realy need attention , and i don,t meen the attention of the abusive mother or father ,but the regular autorities to help them and calm their pains and make them have a more dignifying life to sustain within .May the Lord have pitty on them and shelter them.. for nobody is seems to care.. The rest. O well , just wait to see your reaction. I wonder why nobody every brought up this subject.. Or is this a subject to ostrichize ??