Nadia and the Blue Stars
By Francesca Nicole Chan Torres
Artworks by Liv Romualdez Vinluan
In a time of war, there was a small village. It was hidden in a valley surrounded by steep mountains. Life in the village was like living in another world: a world of laughter, of song, and of joy. Men joked as they worked. Women sang as they did chores. And as for the children, the streets were filled with the sounds of their play, from morning ‘til night.

Noong panahon ng digma, may isang maliit na nayon. Liblib ito at napaliligiran ng matatarik na bundok. Tila nabubuhay sa ibang daigdig ang mga tagarito: isang mundong puno ng halakhak, awit, at ligaya. Nagbibiruan ang mga kalalakihan habang nagtatrabaho. Umaawit ang mga kababaihan habang tinatapos ang mga gawaing-bahay. At ang paligid ay puno ng ingay ng mga batang naglalaro mula umaga hanggang gabi.


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