We often think that being armed is the rebels only way to realize their noble goals, to give their children a promising future and to solve the problems of the country. Well, it could be true for some, but not for two Ilonggo ex-rebels who found peace, happiness and new hope in farming.
They are Tony and Nita Capirayan. They joined the rebel forces because they used to believe that armed struggle is the way to help the country and improve their lives. And like other parents, they also wish to give their kids a future by sending them to school. They, however, realized that they couldn’t make this happen if they would stay in the rebel army.
So they left the army to develop the two-hectare land of Tony’s family in Barangay Tacuyong Sur, Leon, Iloilo into a farm. Starting out was really difficult for them because they didn’t have money. Tony said they worked for their neighbors to earn a capital and they sometimes even asked cassava, banana and other foods from their neighbors because they didn’t have enough money to buy food.