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Rappler's latest stories on street children


At 50, Sesame Street still going strong – and big honor awaits

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Since its debut in November 1969 on American public television, the famous address has taken on many forms in more than 150 countries

Hundreds of Manila minors taken into custody for staying out past curfew

Sep 03, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno's curfew memorandum seeks to penalize parents for their perceived neglect of underaged kids

‘RESCUED.’ Manila police report that they ’rescued’ minors, especially those from Tondo, who were caught violating the curfew ordinance from September 2-3, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Daniel Cabrera, boy in viral FB post, graduates from Cebu grade school

May 16, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Daniel's life has changed since a photo of him studying outside a McDonald's branch to take advantage of electricity spread on social media

DSWD to 'rescue' homeless kids, IPs begging in streets during holidays

Dec 15, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The DSWD says it is closely coordinating with local government units on the effort

Photography exhibit by street children to be held at Museo Pambata

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The exhibit features photographs taken by street children living around Roxas Boulevard

'Sagip Batang Solvent': PDEA wants to take in street children for rehab

Jul 10, 2018 - 1:11 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency wants to set up 'homey facilities' for street children addicted to solvent, where they can learn skills and receive counseling

PREVENTIVE MEASURE. PDEA wants street children to be rehabilitated and educated early against illegal drugs.

IN PHOTOS: Bikers spend Christmas with homeless Filipinos

Dec 26, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Every year, volunteer bikers from the Bike Scouts Philippines organize the 'Midnight Ride' to deliver gifts to homeless kids and their parents

WATCH: Interior design for the poor? UP students make it happen

May 20, 2017 - 4:04 PM

This furniture project of students from the UP College of Home Economics aims to expose the interior design community to the needs of marginalized sectors

#ShareLove this holiday season, one good deed at a time

Dec 16, 2016 - 11:01 AM

Check out this list of organizations with charitable activities you can join this Christmas

McDonald's ad features Cebu street boy's story

Dec 13, 2016 - 8:40 PM

Daniel Cabrera now 11 was captured in an inspiring viral photo in 2015 while studying outside the fastfood chain s branch in Mandaue City at night Watch the video here

Public urged to report street kids to DSWD hotline, Twitter

Nov 24, 2016 - 12:23 PM

DSWD NCR s hotline 734 8623 and Twitter account @savestreetkids are ready to receive reports of kids seen in the streets

On Trinoma-SM footbrige, boy sells flowers and reads his way to school

Nov 23, 2016 - 9:32 AM

His brother does the same in another footbridge With their father in jail they sell sampaguitas so they could go to school

SAMPAGUITA BOY. After school, a boy sells sampaguita garlands on a footbridge in Quezon City. Photo by Kenneth Panlilio

#InspireCourage: The education of Daniel Cabrera

Nov 16, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Ever since a photo of Daniel studying on a sidewalk went viral his life has changed He now has a scholarship and his family now has a place to call home

EDUCATION. Daniel Cabrera visits the Mind Museum to learn more about science. Photo by Abigail Abigan/ Rappler

MovePH, Childhope Asia team up to tell street kids' stories

Sep 14, 2016 - 7:20 PM

This partnership will allow us to move our audience to action encouraging them to act for the street children that we serve says Childhope Asia executive director Herbert Carpio

FOR THE KIDS. Childhope Asia has been empowering street kids in Metro Manila through education since 1995. The organization signed a partnership with MovePH on Wednesday, September 14. Photo by Michael Valera/ Rappler

Former PH street kids win at Asian Grand Prix ballet competition

Aug 13, 2016 - 12:29 PM

Former street kids Edmar Sumera and Benedict Sabularse are among 12 young Filipino dancers who won awards and scholarships at the international competition

Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Espejo

The inspiring story of 2 street kids who became amazing ballet dancers

Jun 18, 2016 - 9:22 PM

Nothing about ballet is easy they say but it is worth it Meet Edmar and Benedict – former street kids now ballet dancers with scholarships to London s Royal Ballet School s summer program

PH gets taste of Duterte anti-crime war

Jun 12, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Across the nation police have already reported killing more than 20 alleged drug suspects over the past fortnight egged on by Duterte who has urged them to begin his war on crime even before he takes office at the end of this month

In this picture taken on June 8, children sing karaoke along a street in Divisoria market in Manila. Since winning the presidential election Rodrigo Duterte has said he will impose late-night bans on children walking the streets, alcohol sales and the national passion of karaoke singing. Photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

Advocates to Duterte: Don't imprison parents of street kids

May 21, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Do you agree that parents of unattended minors mostly street children loitering the streets from 10 pm to 5 am should be imprisoned?

PUNISHMENT. Children in conflict with the law also have rights, advocates say. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Kids find hope, break from streets in sports fest

May 01, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The children learn the value of working hard practicing improving your skills says Childhope Chairman Chips Guevara of the sports fest

Drugged beggar babies for rent in Indonesia

Apr 11, 2016 - 1:07 PM

The baby was unresponsive when they found him – drugged with Clonazepam a strong sedative used to treat anxiety conditions in adults

BEGGARS. Jakarta streets are often filled with beggars looking to make extra money. File photo from AFP

Inspiring tenacity, acts of kindness from 2015

Dec 30, 2015 - 4:44 PM

Despite the dark moments of 2015 there are still stories of hope thanks to ordinary people s acts of kindness

MOVING STORIES. As 2015 draws to a close, we look back at some stories of goodness and hope that made the year a little brighter. Image courtesy of Ernest Fiestan

Pre-APEC arrests: PH urged to release Manila's homeless

Nov 16, 2015 - 9:24 AM

Human Rights Watch: Philippine authorities hold hundreds of homeless Manila residents in 3 facilities to beautify the city ahead of the summit

OUT OF SIGHT. These street dwellers in Dakota, a community in Manila not far from the Philippine International Convention Center where the APEC summit will be held, have been told by local authorities to 'keep off the streets' for at least a week beginning November 16, 2015. Photo by Carlos Conde/Human Rights Watch

‘Rescue operations’ for street kids done regularly – Manila gov’t

Nov 11, 2015 - 4:44 PM

So far 141 kids have been taken off the streets this week says a Manila city official

More children in PH at risk of losing parental care

Aug 30, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Children who need closer attention include: child drug couriers underage victims of cybersex teenage mothers and their kids children of indigenous people and children with disabilities

Tuloy Foundation: A house of refuge for street children

Jun 06, 2015 - 8:15 PM

We are not only here to fill up the stomach and put a shirt on the back but to develop the totality of the person so that they can face the totality of circumstances and realities in the world says the institution s founder

CONFIDENCE. A street kid turned ballet dancer shows off his dance moves in one of the halls of Tuloy sa Don Bosco Foundation. All photos by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

Street kids turned ballet dancers

Jun 04, 2015 - 3:02 PM

Once roaming the streets of Metro Manila ballet dancers from Tuloy Foundation talk about their dreams in the performing arts

Virlanie launches #HelpOurBabies campaign

Jun 01, 2015 - 7:37 PM

Donations will help the foundation feed the babies and toddlers 3 complete meals every day

Street kid turned missionary: The story of Paulo

May 17, 2015 - 5:14 PM

This is a story of how a street child overcame all challenges and became a missionary for others

Busting myths about children of the streets

Apr 11, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Bust the many myths about street children Ignorance makes indifference easy and indifference normalizes ignorance

What ever happened to that kid on the street?

Apr 10, 2015 - 2:28 PM

In anticipation of the International Day for Street Children on April 12 the world asks What would you change about your streets?

STREET. The number of Metro Manila’s street families increased by 139% in the past 3 years, according to DSWD. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/

After Frederico: 'No more children at RAC'

Feb 27, 2015 - 11:00 AM

The Reception and Action Center in Manila can only resume its operations after meeting standards of government run residential facilities

Probe of Frederico’s former shelter pushed in House

Feb 26, 2015 - 12:52 PM

Aside from Manila s Reception and Action Center RAC lawmakers also want to look into the state of all other child shelters in the country

CHILDREN'S WELFARE. A poster used by NGOs and children's rights advocates during a protest calling for the closure of Manila RAC. All photos from Bahay Tuluyan

Volunteerism: Changing the world one child at a time

Feb 08, 2015 - 7:00 AM

On weekdays Te Candano works at a bank processing remittances from seafarers On weekends she serves as a volunteer helping put a smile on kids faces

DSWD spends P4.8M on street families' Batangas trip

Jan 27, 2015 - 5:15 PM

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman during a Senate committee hearing defends her department s decision to take street families to out of town trips called family camps

The return of Baywalk’s banished ‘bedspacers’

Jan 24, 2015 - 4:16 PM

Strange how a day before Pope Francis comes to Manila 100 or so people seem to have vanished They seem to have magically disappeared from the same place where the sea swallows the sun

LEFT IN THE DARK. Manila Bay is the site of many majestic sunsets. It is also home to about 100 Baywalk bedspacers, whose future remains bleak. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

Palace defends sending street kids to resort

Jan 23, 2015 - 7:18 PM

We don’t make it a point to lie about these things also because you see that one of the administration’s biggest program is poverty alleviation

MEETING THE KIDS. Pope Francis meets with street children under the care of Tulay ng Kabataan after the Mass at the Manila Cathedral, January 16, 2015. Photo from Osservatore Romano/AFP

Hidden from the Pope?: Netizens, DSWD speak up on #streetkids

Jan 22, 2015 - 11:52 AM

Discussion on the disappearance of street families in Manila during the papal visit

Conversation: Were #streetkids hidden from Pope Francis?

Jan 21, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Join us at 5pm today January 21 Share your thoughts and suggestions using the hashtag streetkids or tag our offical Twitter accounts @moveph and @rapplerdotcom

Were street families hidden from the Pope?

Jan 21, 2015 - 8:00 AM

About 400 individuals from street families under the DSWD s MCCT program in Malate are brought to a resort in Nasugbu Batangas during the papal visit

CHILDREN. Pope Francis meeting children at an event in Manila on January 16, 2015. Photo from Osservatore Romano/AFP

Pope Francis and a young girl’s question

Jan 19, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The young girl’s question highlights in a huge way the most difficult problem this country has not been able to solve – massive and extreme poverty

Street kids: Pope Francis showed us God is here

Jan 19, 2015 - 11:54 AM

We are poor but when I saw Pope Francis I realized we are rich after all We are rich in God s love says street child Jason Reyes

GOODBYE, POPE. Street kids supervised by Tuloy Foundation join the send-off for Pope Francis at Villamor Airbase on January 19, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Girl breaks down before Pope

Jan 18, 2015 - 10:24 AM

UPDATED Two street children tell their stories to Pope Francis at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila a law student wants to know how to love and a Typhoon Yolanda volunteer asks what more the youth can do

DSWD to shut down facility where Frederico was found

Jan 16, 2015 - 5:47 PM

Remember Frederico? The center where his infamous photo was taken might soon close says DSWD

Photo from Bahay Tuluyan

Street kids meet pope in surprise, private encounter

Jan 16, 2015 - 3:02 PM

Children from the Tulay ng Kabataan meet Pope Francis and Archbishop Tagle after the Mass at the Manila Cathedral

MEETING THE KIDS. Pope Francis meets with street children under the care of Tulay ng Kabataan after the Mass at the Manila Cathedral, January 16, 2015. Image courtesy Fr Antonio Spadaro/Twitter

#HungerProject 2014: Untold stories of children

Dec 27, 2014 - 8:00 AM

On the first year of Rappler’s HungerProject we learn about the untold stories of children: the abused and abandoned the nomads the unwanted and sadly the ones who could not make it to 2015

On 2nd chances: Children in conflict with the law

Dec 22, 2014 - 7:54 PM

Give them a chance they re victims too say child s rights advocates

Street kids ask Aquino for hug, photo, Christmas carol

Dec 19, 2014 - 6:54 PM

President Benigno Aquino III distributes gifts to 1 000 street children in Malacañang

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. President Benigno Aquino III gives a young girl who gave him a present a hug. Malacañang Photo Bureau

The invisible kids of the streets

Dec 19, 2014 - 4:28 PM

Street children with disabilities Ever thought of them?

LOVE. Children staying at Virlanie's Aime Home enjoying a round of videoke during their Christmas party. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Do not give alms to beggars this Christmas – DSWD

Dec 18, 2014 - 5:22 PM

Giving alms encourage street kids to go caroling on the streets is risky squeeze themselves between vehicles tap on car windows jump from one public utility vehicle to another

Frederico: From Facebook to the Senate

Dec 11, 2014 - 3:34 PM

Two Senate resolutions have been filed seeking a probe into the rehabilitation centers for street children