This village deep in the rugged mountains of southern Japan once was home to hundreds of families. Now, only 35 people remain, outnumbered three-to-one by scarecrows that Tsukimi Ayano crafted to help fill the days and replace neighbors who died or moved away.
A baby girl is born but her birth is not recorded. If she dies soon after, her death is not likely to be recorded either.
Claire Jiliene Avila of Baguio City was born a minute later than Chonalyn Cabigayan, the 100 millionth baby of the country, but she, too, shares that title, along with Severine Heiress Longbuan of Benguet province, Janaira Hormelia Lazaro of Kalinga province and John Paul Pedronio of Pangasinan province.
By Jocelyn R. Uy in Manila and Joey A. Gabieta
It wasn’t exactly the kind of birthday that first-time mother Dailin Cabigayan had anticipated for her newborn child.
A baby girl born early Sunday has officially pushed the population of the Philippines to 100 million, highlighting the challenge of providing for more people in the already-impoverished nation.