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As the bus pulled out of town, Sam noticed that the old man was not on board. We told the driver and he immediately returned to town. ” At St. Joseph’s church in Kiangan, Sister Doris tells us to meet Father Joe who, like her, has been in Kiangan many years. He’s out in the villages so we can’t meet him today. She expresses great concern for our safety, then says a suitable fieldwork site might be Mungayang where a woman named Conchita Cumaldi is the catechist. Conchita can be trusted. A t J u n ’ s Ho u s e i n K i a n g a n Manny must perch on the big chair feet dangling, can’t crawl on floor covered with gray dust, bags of cement in piles.
I have no choice but to say, I shall be the one. I walk with integrity, live by my word. The Day of Shelly’s Death 45 M u n g a y a n g , Oc t o b e r 1 0 , 1 9 8 1 With Conchita, we rode a jeepney from Kiangan to Lagawe, then walked down a steep hill and reached the village of Mungayang in the afternoon. Sam walked the whole way. He delighted the kids there by saying his name was Kemayong and by playing with them. Shelly was so happy she promised to buy him a Leggo set and a ten-flavor ice cream sundae when we returned to Baguio.
We joke that Manny need not learn to talk, his babble artfully communicates. We glow in this good beginning and vow romance on evening dinner dates, a week at sandy beach. We whisper low, touch fingertips and caress in long embrace, then sleep the night.
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