Elias and His Trees Adapted from Jean Giono’s “The Man Who Planted Trees”
By Augie Rivera
Artworks by Romeo Forbes
I grew up to be a soldier stationed at Pearl Harbor. I traveled to faraway lands, and journeyed to strange, nameless places. I explored countries I never even dreamed of seeing. Always, I yearned to travel to the Philippines, to discover that fabled country where my parents’ dreams were born, and to learn more about my roots.

Twenty years after my parents left Tierra Verde, it was my turn to accept the challenge. It was my turn to take a journey and go wherever my foot’s mole would take me.

 

Naging sundalo ako sa pantalan ng Pearl Harbor. Nakapaglakbay ako sa malalayong lupain at napadpad sa kung saan-saang lugar na walang pangalan. Nagalugad ko ang mga bayang ni sa hinagap ay di ko inakalang aking mararating. Gayun pa man, pabalik-balik lagi ang mithiing makapaglakbay sa Pilipinas, upang tuklasin ang maalamat na bayang lunan ng mga pangarap noon nina Nanay at Tatay at kilalanin nang lubusan ang aking pinagmulan.

Makalipas ang halos dalawampung taon mula nang lisanin ng aking mga magulang ang Tierra Verde, ako naman ang tumanggap ng hamon. Ako naman ang tumahak kung saang lupalop man ako nais dalhin ng sariling nunal sa talampakan.

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