High school sophomore Anna Mae (left), 13, and her sister Grace Ann, 11, a grade four pupil, work on binding their notebooks with a yarn string - three days after the opening of this year's school year - at a commercial arcade in Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
The sisters are underprivileged. Often this reporter would see them doing their homework not on their house but at the corner near where this picture was taken as their mother sells balut. The sisters would even be found sleeping on that corner.
These girls deserve better. It's up to us if we'd keep them tied down to the burden of a mismanaged country.