KAREN N. FARNACIO is a sixth grader from Don Domingo Magno Elementary School of Barangay Banding. She is slight of built. She is tanned from too-much sun. She has this long wavy black hair swept into a tight pony tail. She stands chest out, even tummy out like little kids usually do, her hands clasping each other at her back.
She will be pretty, even devastatingly beautiful five years from now. But until then . . .
She is the fastest girl in Region I. In the elementary category, in the 1,500 meter dash. And she is running for gold soon in the Palarong Pambansa to be held in Leyte. For me, for you, for all of us Pozorrubians, Pangasinenses, and Ilocanos from La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.