In the southern part of the Philippines lies an archipelago where there are abundant natural resources and almost all the people are living in a primitive way. Lumads or the indigenous people are one of the tribes living there.
The “Lumads” are also considered among the most peaceful and gentle, and the most vulnerable group.
And I, Arfinie, was one of them. I was raised to be a good girl and the one with a delicate heart. Back when I was young I was thought to be strong and to fight if it is needed.
Arfinie's father is one of the leader of the tribe which led her to a realization that when she will grow up she wants be a part of the Arm forces because she wants to serve the country.
But when she told this to her parents, reality kicks her off. Their place doesn't have a school and she heard that they already reported this problem years ago to the Government but there was no reply. Her family saw how desperate she was to learn.
I want to be part of the Arm Forces
I'm sorry, dear. There's no available school here.
One of his father's friend and also a leader made awareness of this to the people and together they helped hand-in-hand to build the ALCADEV or Alternative Learning Centre for Agricultural and Livelihood Development. She got so inspired and she was so happy.
Thank you, dear brother!
Abruptly, happiness was bragged down and it was mandatorily substituted by chaos. The AFP and the NPA was in war for the land, a lot of people died and Arfinie's heart shattered.