On days for paying tribute to the dead, the entrepreneurial spirit of some young Boholanos comes alive.
Carrying the tools of their tradeâ€”tatters, paint and brushâ€”children like grade four pupil Carl Ryan Tuya roam cemeteries offering their cleaning and lettering services to visitors paying tribute and offering prayers to departed loved ones.
For Tuya, the All Saintsâ€™ and All Soulsâ€™ Days are chances to make profit, which he claims would be chipped in to his familyâ€™s rice allocation.
The annual business for the Booy Elementary School pupil started as early as Wednesday, October 28.
He said that he charges a negotiable amount to paint on the inscription and design of epitaphs at Victoria Memorial Park.
As of Monday, Tuya was able to raise P50 for painting on faded lettering.
Tuya is not lone â€œpractitionerâ€. There are several other â€œlettering and cleaningâ€ boys who stroll cemeteries in Tagbilaran City hoping to make meager income.
Some of the children offer to clean tombs and tiles for P20, and sometimes are willing to take whatever their â€œclientâ€ offers.
For a larger fee, others apply a fresh coat of paint on structures inside the cemetery.
Meanwhile, children who are not in tune with their artistic side opt to stay outside the cemetery and offer to guard parked motorcycles.Â (Rey Tutas)
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