If You Leave Me, Please Let Me Know

A young boy named HENRY thoroughly looks at a giant felled tree in front of their house. The tree seems oddly mysterious to him as he finds connection to it. His curiosity of exploring the tree sparks even more when the bullies tease him that he is a son of a Kapre, a giant creature who lives in a tree. After class, he passes by a sari-sari store and asks an OLD WOMAN about the gossip in the place. The old woman instructs Henry to get calamansi and tries to pour it over a food and if it boils, he is an aswang. When he gets home, he discreetly pours the calamansi lime into the food that his mother serves. With a surprise in his face, he immediately runs to check the tree and suddenly, it comes back to life with a bunch of leaves. A silhouette of a Kapre appears beside the tree and thinks of his father. Ecstatically, he goes back to look for his old aswang children’s books. He stumbles upon a chant that would reveal a superficial element. He begins to sing the chant and wishes that the Kapre will show which makes him believe it is his father. Unfortunately, the sky is getting dark and nothing happens. His mother, CYNTHIA, is waiting for Henry in front of their house. Henry runs towards their house in tears. They hug each other and the rain begins to fall.


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