Each morning, these 30 Matisalog children leave home at 5 am, crossing hills and rivers on their daily 7km journey to school.
It’s a dangerous and exhausting trek for the young indigenous village members, a plight unknown by many.
Although the local government has proposed a bridge for easier access, the village elders are sceptical and wary.
In the past, illegal loggers and miners have stripped their sacred forests bare and taken advantage of their village people for labour.
Caught in an impossible impasse, the children trek on, day after day, tired but hopeful for a better future through literacy.