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The FILIBATA ARTWALK 2011 EXHIBIT
By Juliette Kwee

Thu 24th November 2011

Date: December 8, 2011
Time: 6pm
Venue: Sining Kamalig art gallery
Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City
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BACKGROUND

Children from impoverished areas have often been portrayed in media and by well-meaning organisations in a negative light. Seldom do we see them depicted in a manner that uplifts their dignity and shows them as normal, resilient children. This exhibit sponsored by NGO Filibata and Sining Kamalig art gallery attempts to break preconceived notions about those children who hail from one of the poorest areas in Metro Manila by mustering a volunteer group of amateur and professional photographers to document these children at play. All of these artists, photographers and illustrators, further endeavoured to present that despite the dire and destitute environment that these children are exposed to every day, the look on their faces and actions reveal a different story. This is their story....
Close Encounters with the Poorest of the Poor
By Juliette Kwee
Manila-October 1, 2011
Posted Tue 18th October 2011

Last week I was inspired by the Magsaysay awardee, a precious prize comparable with the Nobel prize (as said). Going to communities, understanding communities, understanding people and be inspired by people. Working with the poorest of the poor. Sometimes it is hard, most of the time it is easy and inspiring. Here are some of my stories…

Rice for my neighbor

One day I was sitting in front of a house in one of the remote communities. I saw a person with cooked rice in their hands, walking on the street. I asked what are you doing? Where are you going? I am bringing rice to my neighbor was his answer. They are hungry. I asked the guy what are you going to eat tonight? The guy said I will see, I will eat either today or tomorrow, but the neighbors need it more, they didn’t eat yet today”.
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Emailed for posting by Juliette Kwee

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Juliette Kwee

I have been living in the Philippines for the last 2 years. It changed my life, this beautiful country and...

    My Stay in the Philippines

     
    Author Juliette Kwee
     


    Born in the Netherlands, Juliette Kwee followed her passion for people by pursuing her master’s degree in Social & Organisational Psychology at the University of Leiden in order to become an instrumental member and advisor to numerous Netherlands-based commercial & non-governmental organizations with both local and international objectives.

    Her most notable as well as most recent commitment involves representing Dutch NGO Filibata in the underdeveloped country of the Philippines where she actively engages in providing guidance and support to children from abusive environments.

    What has created a lasting impression on Juliette most is peoples ability to overcome adversity – even in the most seemingly stifling and oppressive environments.

    Through her active engagement with these communities, she has joyously discovered that the stimulation of hidden as well as obvious talents within individual community members has been noticeably more effective than by simply injecting alien resources – generating positive growth in confidence, independence, responsibility and energy. These results are the source of her joy and have set her off into perpetual motion.

    Juliette understands that basic human needs transcend race, culture, religion and politics. And if a movement to bring people one step closer to achieving their goals exists, she wants to be a part of it.
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