4. Before I Was Born

My mom and dad are Tarcila Llevado and Loreto Llevado, both of whom have many generations of ancestors in Lawaan. We lived in the house that my mom grew up in and which was the house of her mother, my “inay” (grandmother), Sylvestra. There was a time during their marriage when they didn’t live in Guinoban–a time when they went into the mountains and had a farm in an area they cleared from the jungle.