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Fruit vendor from Butuan: Look back to the good old days

“Yes, yes, these fruits are expensive,” she admitted, “but we need to earn back what we spent on them.”

“Does that make selling them difficult?” I asked her.

“It does,” she said. And then with a shrug: “If only we can go back to the good old days when we just picked these fruits from trees in our backyards. If only…”

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