Rural life is not for me. But every time we get the chance to visit our grandmother in Leyte, it is such a joy to just forget the hustle and bustle of the big city. Each morning, I would go to the river and just sit there and sometimes take a dip at the cold water… while it’s still clean. People use the river to wash their clothes and later during the day, the farmers would bring their carabaos to the river after a several hours working at the ricefields. The water does not stop flowing so I am comforted by the fact that the water in the morning is fresh from the spring.

Uyawan is where my mom grew up until she settled in Manila when she went to the university. It is a primarily agricultural community in the town of Carigara, one of lucky areas in Leyte that was spared from the destruction of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Tacloban is just an hour away.


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