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Topic - Jamil Montebon
From the Manila slum of Aroma emerged an unlikely Cinderella: ballerina Jessa Balote, who at age 10 was plucked out of her grubby life by a ballet school to prepare her for a life onstage.
The ghetto called Aroma reeks of putrefying trash collected by its residents for recycling. Half-naked children with grimy faces play on muddy dirt roads lined by crumbling shanties of tarpaulin walls, cracked tin roofs and communal toilets.
He later was accepted back into the program, which demands that children keep good grades and stay out of trouble.