We stopped for lunch on this floating restaurant off of Cebu where we ate whatever seafood was caught for the day - lapu-lapu, ablaone, conch, etc. As we ate, these 5 children floated by on rice bags stuffed with styrofoam to sell necklaces to us at 20 pesos each. My sister and one of my cousins came down to haggle with them and said in Tagalog, "Can you make it 2 for 20 pesos?" Initially they were reluctant to make the deal so they told them they would not buy. My sister and cousin then said, "If you sing to us, we'll buy." So the kids agreed and sang Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from the Titanic movie. The result: a win-win - we got our bargain and the children made some decent cash that day.
By Christian Mirasol, AFAR Local Expert
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