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Kamote vendor in Butuan City: Find a reason to smile widely

Maulaw ta ug smile (I get embarrassed smiling),” this vendor of kamote (sweet potato) said, making sure to cover her mouth even when just talking, “kay dili tarong ang atong ngipon (because my teeth aren’t good).”

Paayuhon diay (Can’t you have them fixed)?” she was asked.

Na, wala gani kuwarta para sa pagkaon, pang-pa-ayo pa kaha sa ngipon (Duh, we don’t even have money to put food on the table, much more money for dental care)!” she said somewhat seriously, though still smiling widely.

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