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A Home School for Capisnon Orphans

One day in August 1904, a local constabulary commandant informed Mrs. Robbins about the case of orphaned three children—one girl and two boys. Their father, a bandit chief, was sentenced to life imprisonment and they had no mother to look after them. The Robbins, who already had seven orphan children under their ward, adopted the girl named Regina. The two boys were sent to good homes nearby. Little did the Robbins know that their noble act of giving home to a young girl would later have a significant impact to the lives of many people in Capiz.
Barely a month earlier, the Robbins arrived in Capiz, after a stint in Iloilo. Two years ago, the Baptist faith was introduced to the natives of Capiz when Swedish missionary, Eric Lund, arrived together with Braulio Manikan, a Capisnon from the Aklan part of the province. With the help of a wealthy gentleman, Don Manuel Gregorio, the Baptist missionaries slowly spread their faith, despite the taunts and threats from the clergy.
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