No one would wake up at 4 A.M. to hack coconut leaves yet Anna and Liza do just this for as long as they could remember. It’s a cycle – leaves are hacked then the leaflets cut and eventually arranged on a pile, the stalks are ultimately shaved and placed aside to dry – it’s an honorable trade but not one that would be elaborated on a This-Is-My-Dream-Career essay.
Breakfast is served; two pieces of tuyo and a tiny pot of rice for a family of four. What’s next is an hour-long journey from Barangay Baas to Hilongos, all the way from their mountainous residence to the city below.
Who knows how many more hours they’re going to endure under the scorching heat of the morning sun? Four brooms each, they trudge on.
The heavens have blessed them today as a couple riding a motorcycle circled back to ask what they’re peddling.
‘We will be fed…we will be.’
*This is loosely based on a true story as there are people from Baas (a barangay in Eastern Leyte) who really sell coconut brooms. The hubby and I were able to speak to two of them (hence the story) and with each broom costing only 25 pesos, they need to sell all eight so they can buy enough food for their family for that day.
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E.S. Villamor has made a career in writing for a decade now. Her online business - GIML (Gabriela Isabel & Miguel Lucas) Publishing started in 2014. She advocated for women's rights and was once enamored with imparting financial literacy through training and blogs but she is now focused on propagating all things Filipino. This site is also being groomed as a rich homeschooling resource.