23 September 2013

Filipinos are known for their resilience, their admirable endurance. They never falter in the face of trying times. Fernando and Ma. Luna Man-Oblahan have long been resilient–two decades to be exact. To be frugal is the only way for their six children to survive. The children’s future depends on the couple’s toil.

A witness to the Man-Oblahans’ endurance is the youngest child, JR. He accompanies his parents from the fields to the mountains, where they cut their falcata trees. These falcata trees earn money for the Man-Oblahan children’s education in town; there may be no chance to change their fate if they remain in the village. But in this same village are the seeds, and the firm will, for a better future. Will there still be trees for JR’s education?

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