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"The Magic Mountain: Trickle-down economics in a Philippine garbage dump"

The Magic Mountain is a poetic account of the Payatas Dumpsite after the 2000 collapse, chronicling the conditions of the mangangalahigs (waste pickers) and one of the development projects. Reiterates the global trend of unskilled laborers turning to waste picking as not only a means of survival but as a way to eke out a living slightly higher than the official minimum wage. These are often farmers who have migrated to the city searching for a life beyond a fragile subsistence.

Power, Matthew. "The Magic Mountain: Trickle-down economics in a Philippine garbage dump" Harper's Magazine, December 2006.