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Topic - Jessa Balote
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.
"I used to tag along with my father and mother when they collected garbage in the evening," Jessa said in her home about the size of a shipping container with a small attic.
"I can help my parents more with what I do now. I earn money from ballet," said Jessa, sitting on a plastic bench in her shorts and T-shirt, her long hair loose.