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  • Everyday, the fishermen of Pagudpud, a town at the northern tip of the Philippine mainland, go out into the ocean. Upon their return, the community gathers by the shoreline to help haul in the day's catch. Often the families and neighbors of the fishermen, they work tirelessly to pull in the heavy net. There are no contracts, no negotiations, or interviews - just the spirit of one man helping another.

    There is, of course, some form of reward at the end of the day. Should the day's harvest be plentiful, each person is treated to as much small fish as he or she can carry. It can be quite the heartwarming moment, as I once experienced when I last visited. A profusely thankful fisherman refused to let me leave empty-handed, who when I gave the excuse that I had no container to carry any fish, pointed out that my shirt if removed would more than suffice. A smile and a handshake later I happily trotted off, my shirt bursting with fish and my heart with warmth.
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