Short virtual-reality to give you a Glimpse of Enlightenment through the Happyland Slums in Manila; Philippines

Even with a sluggish world economy here in the Philippines, consumers is spending more of what they are receiving on their daily jobs purchasing food, shelter, clothing, gadgets and Filipinos are traveling a lot more putting investors and banks receiving income to work within our domestic economy. Even in mathematically way we can figure out that we can possibly generate 10 times more investment opportunities,Β  production and incomes in the economy that leads to even more growth in economic activity.


But there are things underneath that are more important than those things you get to see actually. opening your eyes and minds to the other side of Manila. A reality of the so called Happyland of the SLUM areas in Manila, Philippines.

Ive been several times to Slum area’s in Manila, these are the people who have no permanent homes trying to live a life in a possible way. Sad to say, these are the people that are neglected by our Government. Life was never easy in the Slums. The basic needs like shelter, food, clothing and medicine is there biggest struggle in everyday.

People imagine how dirty, smelly and lifeless people in the slums but to me, these are the people who manage to continue finding resources just to survive, you can say you can find different walks of life. Their homes were made from tarpaulin and scrap wood, right then you will ask how does it possible that it is safe specially when your 5 to 10 persons who live there. Unbelievable but it seems it worked for them, because they have no choice.

Sadly, in the Philippines more important things are not prioritized, these are the slum area or in a dark street corner in a secluded place. At this point in time, I wonder when the Philippines has once again elected a new leader. My prayer is that we,Β  help our urban poor friends,Β  prioritizing the welfare of our country and our people specially those who live in the slum areas not only here in Manila but also to other parts of the Philippines. A more smart solution to slums. that more passionate leaders will emerge and stand together.

You’ve heard this old saying: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Here’s a short virtual-reality documentary showcases life in a former fishing village turned landfill.

Documentary creator Vitaly Nechaev’s Happyland360 focuses on five people who care about the Happyland slum. Happyland started as a toxic landfill called Hapilan, or “smelly garbage” in the local dialect, and was renamed by the locals in hope of better times. It’s located about 20 minutes away from the capital city of Manila in the Philippines and photography is usually prohibited.

Nechaev, who runs his own virtual reality company called VostokVR, was inspired by a video of Syrian refugees as well as another video of a Russian girl singing a tagalog (the Filipino language) song called Anak.

For Nechaev, a Russian living in Singapore, this project married two of his passions: VR technology and educating people about life in the slum.

Together with V3RA, another Singapore-based VR company, he convinced optical systems manufacturer Carl Zeiss to come onboard as a sponsor. Since he already had most of the equipment he needed, he only spent about a little bit more of his own cash making the documentary.

Nechaev filmed the slums using six GoPro Black action cameras linked together. He also got in touch with Anna Rabtsun, the singer in the original Anak video, and arranged a concert for the people living in Happyland.

Nechaev isn’t stopping at just Happyland360. He plans to produce more original documentaries that focus on the modern challenges faced by people in Asia.



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