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De Vera Family

    Geronima "Hero"/"Nimang" de Vera, senior 
  • Badass Pacifist: Does not take up combat roles in the New People's Army, instead opting to be the village and cadre doctor.
  • Bi the Way
  • Career-Ending Injury
  • Defector from Decadence
  • The Illegal: She is, in fact, undocumented for quite a while after arriving in the States. Paz often worries that Hero might be found out if she's pulled over and the cops demand to see a licence that she doesn't have.
  • Impoverished Patrician
  • The Lad-ette: She's really not very feminine, and drinks, swears, and fucks like the best of the men in her family, as well as the less-restrained of her Filipino friends in the Bay Area.
  • The Medic: Technically speaking, cadre doctor, servicing NPA cadres and the civilian villagers sheltering them.
  • Name's the Same: She's the katukayo (namesake), sans mother's maiden name, of her younger, American-born cousin, nicknamed Roni.
  • Not So Different: From her Tito (Uncle) Pol. She loves the same cologne as he does, a masculine-smelling cologne named Tabac that makes its wearers smell like womanisers—a Foreshadowing of where Hero's own sexuality takes her as she matures.
  • Only Child Syndrome
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    Geronima "Roni" de Vera, junior 
  • Name's the Same: She shares the same full name (except for her mother Paz' maiden surname) with Hero, her older, Philippine-born cousin.
  • Only Child Syndrome
  • Tomboy: Has a bit of that personality, though of course it's too early to say if she actually likes women (as well as men, like Hero does, or instead of them).

    Apolonio "Pol" Chua de Vera 

Cabugao Family

    Rosalyn Cabugao 

    Adela Cabugao 
Rosalyn's lola (grandma).
  • Witch Doctor: Like Roni's own grandma, Adela is also a faith healer, and treats her for her eczema at times.
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