"I took this photo when I went to one of the rice fields in Bataan, Philippines for a fun shoot with friends. While friends are busy taking photos of themselves, I noticed a tired farmer sitting a few meters away from me with a rope on his hands. He just finished removing unwanted grasses from part of the 1 hectare field and has just finished moving the cows to feed them. Ironically, he harvests high grade rice, feeds healthy cows yet his family remains poor and hungry because he plows not his own land , feeds cows that are not his. While taking his photo, I was talking to him. I figured out he is a no-read, no-write farmer who struggles to have his eldest, out of 2 sons, finish schooling hoping he finishes at least high school to help his brother study. His being a farmer is not what he wants for his kids..."
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