City ​​dreams of little people in Manila

• City of Dreams young people in Manila

In Manila, the bustling, crowded capital of the Philippines, a group of people with disabilities in the development of growth, calling themselves "people of the Philippines Association of small stature" for many years been working on the formation of their own community. It is no secret that these people live among ordinary people is difficult, sometimes they are discriminated against in relation to itself.

City ​​dreams of little people in Manila

Photographer Biel Calderon and journalist Eric San Juan spent a few months with members of the "Association of the Philippines, people of small stature."

City ​​dreams of little people in Manila

Perry Berry earns a living making and selling bags and belts at his home in Manila.

Photographer Biel Calderon said: "I have long been interested in the problem of young people around the world. And I turned out to be the case to carry out a trip to the Philippines. Here we found an excellent example of an organization of the community of people here have a sense of community is very strong, compared to other countries. "

City ​​dreams of little people in Manila

Nestor Peñaflor, also known as Egoy, on a sunny day in the courtyard with my family.

City ​​dreams of little people in Manila

Josephine, daughter Perry Berry, while finishing high school.

City ​​dreams of little people in Manila

Perry Berry, with his family at the time of the baptism of his grandson.

Calderon spent three weeks in Manila. His photo essay he spent mainly on President LPAP life ( "Association of the Philippines, people of small stature") - Perry Berry, his family, home, work and school. Perry has long among the people called dwarf city. Then, in the late 1980s, he decided to create a community for young people.

City ​​dreams of little people in Manila

The waiter at the bar, "Hobbit House" in Manila. In Manila, the competition for jobs is very high and it is difficult to find a job even for ordinary people. The more remarkable the idea of ​​creating Perry Berry "Hobbit House", a popular bar in Manila, inspired by the movie "The Lord of the Rings." In this work the bar are mostly people of small stature, LPAP members. Some of them come from the provinces, where they used to dream could not find work. Work at the bar is not very difficult and complicated. The only problem arises when some tourists get drunk too much and begin to make fun of them.

City ​​dreams of little people in Manila

Egoy imitated Elvis Presley 30 years.

In order to implement their ideas into reality, the community plan was proposed the compact construction of the house to live in, where young people could live, engage in trade, as well as start to look at the life of tourists, which would give them an additional income.

City ​​dreams of little people in Manila

Entrance to the "Hobbit House".

However, plans for a compact living area dwarfs have not implemented until the end. Three years ago, an investor offered to community members "Association of the Philippines, people of small stature" of land on the outskirts of Manila, for the construction of "Dwarf City", but for various reasons the plan failed.

City ​​dreams of little people in Manila

Scenic shoes Egoyan, Elvis Presley imitator.

City ​​dreams of little people in Manila

Josephine at the mall with her friends.

City ​​dreams of little people in Manila

Perry Berry baptism grandson.

City ​​dreams of little people in Manila

Josephine at the University listens to advice on the preparation of the course work.