Now what would anyone be doing with a half-filled sack of rice on his head? Oh that's his wage, a fair wage, for a whole day's work.
We were in the town of Magsaysay near the southern tip of Mindoro Island, waiting for the golden light of sunset. And by a grand stroke of luck, we had arrived at the peak of the rice harvest season, the last for the year. Around us, the mood was decidedly festive. The fields were dotted with folks at work. Some of them would make two hundred pesos a day. Others will get a portion of the harvest, just like this farmer above. Not too bad for an honest day's wage. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: At sunset, just when the sun is near the horizon, the light is unbelievably golden. An ordinary landscape bathed with this light can become magical. Try it some time.)
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