Philippine Street Boys
Two theatre “veterans” Chevy Mercado and Red Concepcion joined the cast even though it would cause them to sit out of school for an entire semester. They and their parents considered being part of the movie educational, enriching and worth putting classroom education on hold. Jay Pangilinan, and David Palero (who had no acting experience) completed the casting for the four main male street children roles. In preparation for this film, Chevy, Red, Jay and David wore raggedy clothes, dirtied themselves and walked the streets of Manila helping people park their cars for a small fee and spending time with actual street children. They experienced the reality of how difficult it is to earn even a small amount of money!