May 1st, 2012
09:30 AM ET
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Felipa Fabon waits outside a local fried chicken restaurant in Manila. Crouching near to feral cats and rubbish bins, she isn't there to meet friends for dinner but to search through the diner's trash bags.

"I'm sorting the garbage, looking for 'pagpag'," she says.

In Tagalog "pagpag" means the dust you shake off your clothing or carpet, but in Fabon's poverty- stricken world, it means chicken pulled from the trash.

Pagpag is the product of a hidden food system for the urban poor that exists on the leftovers of the city's middle class.

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Filed under: Food Politics • Hunger

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  1. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Indonesia/that whole area as a whole needs help. That's all I'll say.

    May 1, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • K9zGirl

      Agreed. Bless these people, it's heartbreaking.

      May 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • plz watch the video

      If you have any brains in your head, you would see the entire video and realize that they are Filipinos. Filipinos = The Phillipines. Indonesia is a completely different country.

      Furthermore, the video also stated that not all of Manila is completely destituite. Did you watch the entire video? The video chose to compare the shantytown with an urban area. It is a comparasion between the haves and have-nots.

      May 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        Who sharted in your Kix this morning?

        May 2, 2012 at 9:21 am |
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