- Street kids sell their own artworks instead of begging for money
- Netizens were impressed at the feat shared online by netizen Adrian Moslares
- Many social media users wanted to support the kids on their budding career
A Facebook post has circulated the Internet last February showing street children selling their own artworks instead of asking for alms in Calbayog, Samar.
Social media user Adrian Moslares posted on his account a series of photos of young kids and their drawings with cardboard as canvas, ranging from cartoon characters to nature scenes. The children sell them for only PHP1 (US$0.02) to PHP5 (US$0.10) each, outside the Gaisano Grand Mall in Calbayog.
Moslares shared that he was out with some friends when they spotted the kids at the sidewalk drawing on discarded cartons, and a sign that says “ART FOR SALE.”
“That’s when I noticed that there was a guy teaching the children [how to draw],” Moslares told Coconuts Manila.
He named the man as Dennis Calag, who is wearing a green shirt with a blue bag in Moslares’ first photo.
“Instead of begging for money, he’s teaching the children to sell their artworks. I was touched and I took a photo [of them] which I hope will serve as an inspiration to the youth and other artists,” Moslares added.
Salute to this Calbayognon Artist !Gin tututduan niya an mga Palaboy na kabataan na imbis manlimos, maghimo ngan…
The netizen pointed out that it was Calag who provided the street children with the cardboards and crayons that they used to draw with. Calag disclosed to Moslares that the kids have a drawing session every 6pm.
Many netizens wanted to buy the kids’ art pieces after reading Moslares’ post, while others expressed interest on how they could further help the kids.
To that end, Moslares got news that he shared with Coconuts Manila. “Now, the kids use normal paper because they were helped by the Rotary Club [of Greater] Calbayog. The children were given bags and other materials.”
The viral post has gathered over six thousand reactions and seven thousand shares, at present time.