From South Davao province, he at age nine was convinced to go with a couple of adult carolers who brought him to Davao City and from Davao City to Ozamis City where he was "adopted" by a Chinese businessman. Frequent scoldings, however, made him decide to escape by bike to return to Davao City.
He showed tenderness towards me; but I knew in my heart this was only because of having missed his home and family.
And I heard myself muttering the Prayer of Sufferings.
That night, when it was time for him to sleep, he slept beside me.