The people of Sitio Wawa may not have urban amenities like the internet, paved roads, and malls that those who live 60 minutes away in Metro Manila enjoy.
“Masarap dito kasi walang stress (I like it here because there is no stress)” says Seaman Nero Del Valle who sells fruits in Wawa Dam when his services in a ship are not required. Another former resident Manong (Mr.) Robert, a factory worker and a former resident of Wawa, brings his son every so often so that he would experience a slow paced life the he grew up in. Store owner Aling (Ms.) Emilia also expressed that there a 3 ways to survive in Wawa: Either you open a store and rely on the small tourist population who goes to the dam to come in, Grow your own food and sell/trade it at the market for rice or other needs, or carry coal for less than a dollar per sack.
City dwellers may find it hard to accept the lifestyle of the residents of Wawa but for those who live in the area, they don’t need much to be happy and content with life. They do not worry about salaries, whether or not they have the latest gadgets, or the expensive cars and clothes. To residents of Wawa, having food at the table with your family in a decent community is enough for one to be satisfied with life.