ALAGANG PESTE

February 8, 2014

They are nimble, they multiply fast and they eat anything. They may be small, but they are feared. They are carriers of disease. Rats: a long-time pest to humans.

The residents of Vitas, Tondo, Manila live with rats. Although these are enemies of every Vitas household, rats roam free in the community. As night sets in, residents feel helpless against the pests.  These rats chew on anything, be it food, trash, even the residents themselves.

It is the opposite in the farming community of Luna, Isabela. It is the rats who fear humans.  Rats run away from people like the Luyon brothers. Quick and unforgiving, they are out to get rats that are destroying their rice fields. As a matter of fact, these rats have become a source of livelihood and a culinary adventure for the locals.

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