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America is in The Heart Journal Part One Allos was a young boy from a little province of Binalonan located on the central part of the island of Luzon in the Philippines He lived with his dad who farms on their own land which is the primary source of their living His mom living in the town selling goods in the market They were among the peasants who worked very hard for the rich landlords just to feed their family When his brother Leon came back form a war in Europe he met a girl from another town who he liked They got engaged and married There was a tradition during those days that if the girl wasnt a virgin the man would have to return her to their village And when the people found out that the girl deceived Leon they tied them on a tree and started beating them Allos dad stopped them and when it was over Leon left the town with his bride and started a new life Amado the youngest of his four brothers who was attending grade school in town living with his mother and their baby sister His father brought him to the village to help them on their farming His other brother Luciano was on camp serving the United States They all worked so hard for his brother Macario who was attending high school at the province capital They needed money for Macarios education so his father sold a hectare of their four-hectare land When they needed more they sold more land They gave up almost everything they owned just to make their son Macario go to school One day when his father and his brother Amado were farming Amado started beating up the carabao His father stopped him and Amado told his father that he couldnt live like this anymore So he ran away from home leaving Allos as his fathers only helper on
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