[Author's Forward: (please read first)
There are four threads. You are about to read one of those that deals mostly with the Philippines one.
Though the first three start identically, events move each thread in a radically different direction. This version is identical to version "close to home" through half of the first chapter. I have placed a <Split> where they diverge. It is identical to The Philippines – Joyfully until the <Split-2>. By the end of chapter 1, you are in a completely different story.]