Most of you will have seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy and will fondly remember the hobbits, in particular Bilbo Baggins. Do you remember his house? Those of you who don’t should seriously think about getting some kultcha!

Bilbo Baggin's House

Small place, round front door, etc.

Well in Manila, the capital of the Philippines there is a bar called The Hobbit House.

Apparently, it is world famous, except that I’ve never heard of it before this morning.

Which is strange because famous implies well-known, doesn’t it?

So, a quick google…

The Hobbit House Bar

Yup, it’s there all right. Terrible photo, but when one is stealing photos from the internet, beggars can’t be choosers. Image credit… cityseekr

 

Philippines’ little people thinking big

People of small stature in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, have ambitions to build a new community – of small houses – on a greenfield site. It’s an unusual idea, but they are completely serious and determined to succeed.

Inspired by the books of JRR Tolkien, the Hobbit House is one of Manila’s best-known bars. There are illustrations from the Lord of the Rings on the wall, and you enter through a round wooden door, just as if you were arriving at Bilbo Baggins’ house.

But the illusion doesn’t stop there – the waiters are all under 4ft (1.2m) tall.

“Hobbit House is very unique – we only recruit little people,” says the proud manager, Pidoy Fetalino, 3ft 6in tall, who has been working at the bar for more than 30 years.

While some might question how politically correct it is, the reality is that a job at the Hobbit House is undoubtedly one of the best the staff can get.

The Philippines doesn’t provide much, if any, state support, and many jobs have height restrictions, making a market which is already competitive due to high unemployment even tougher.

The waiters say that most of their friends, if they have jobs at all, work in the entertainment industry – as boxers, bit-part actors or even as human cannonballs.

One said his friend was paid half what other employees were paid just because he was short.

Source: BBC News Read more

 

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