In 1973, Josie Høgh left her childhood village of Ibayo, outside the Philippine capital Metro Manila, to work in Copenhagen. That was not the plan when she left, but she ended up settling in Denmark. Today, only one of her seven siblings remains. The others have migrated to other parts of the country or abroad. Ibayo no longer exists: the village has become the Santo Nino neighborhood in a noisy and densely populated urban area surrounded by an international airport, casinos, mega hotels and megamalls.
A couple of years ago, a private investor bought the last village's former farm and poured land. Now a large residential complex, Arista Place, has been built, surrounded by high walls and security guards and the student over the rest of the neighborhood, which is therefore in urgent danger of floods as the monsoon rains begin.
Josie and Ibayo's story I have described in the book Profession:. . .
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