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A night with a Balot Vendor

"You can make a living selling balot (boiled duck egg with embryo)?"

"Oo naman (Of course)!" he said. "I've been doing this for 24 years, sa maniwala ka (believe me or not)."

"Is it hard work?"

"Lahat naman yata (All work is hard)," he said. "Pero kahit paano, nakapagpaaral ako ng anak sa high school sa balot. Ayos na 'yun (But somehow, I am able to send a child to high school with my earnings from selling balot. I suppose that's enough)."

Michael David dela Cruz Tan - The founder of Outrage Magazine, Mick is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) of the University of Newcastle in New South Wales Australia (just don’t ask when, he says). He can: photograph, do artworks with mixed media, write (of course), shoot flicks, community-organize, facilitate, lecture, research (with pioneering studies under his belt)… this one’s a multi-tasker, who is even conversant in Filipino Sign Language. He heads the only LGBTzine in the Philippines. Cross his path is the dare (read: It won’t be boring). Coordinate with him at

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