Some may think that being an OFW is nice, that it’s a great opportunity one can have. It may be true for OFWs can really support their loved ones and make their life much better. However, the sacrifices, the loneliness they have to endure for being away from their family can’t be measured either.
Hans Alcanzare, an urban planner from Pangasinan shared a story how her mother worked as an OFW for 20 years. In his post, Hans recalls all the sacrifices that his mother made for their family to have a good life.
“Hi Ma, it’s time to go home! Finally, dumating na ang araw ng Graduation mo! I know excited kana at Susunduin na kita dahil overstaying kana dito sa Hongkong. I still remember I was still 6 years old nang iwan mo kaming pitong magkakapatid para makipagsapalaran dito sa HK to give us a better life and good education na paulit ulit mong sinasabi na yun lang maipapamana mo Sa aming magkkapatid. Galit na galit ako sayo noon ng iwan mo kami kasi diko pa naiintindihan lahat why you have to leave us. Di naging madali ang lahat para sa atin dahil maraming pagsubok ang dumaan at halos magkawatak watak pa tayo. I couldn’t imagine how hard it is for you makatanggap ng masasamang balita galing from Pinas habang nagpapakapagod ka. Di rin madali ang Nagpalipat lipat tayo ng tirahan at ng school.”
A proud son
Indeed, through her mother’s sacrifice, Hans proudly shared what have they become along with his siblings.
“After 20 years of working hard and sacrifice heto na nagbunga narin ang pangarap mo para sa aming lahat. Look at us now, di mo namamalayan you already have produced an Certified Public Accountant, A Licensed Teacher, A Registered Nurse, A Pharmacist and Midwife, A Civil Engineer and Registered Master Plumber, and soon to have an Information Technologist.”
Thankful to everyone
Hans thank all of his mother’s friends for supporting her mother during the tough times. And he also expressed his gratitude to his mother’s employer, Mr. Lee, for being kind. For lending his mom cash advance whenever they had financial problems.
“Looking back, di madali ang lahat para sa atin, marami tayong paghihirap na pinagdaanan. Sa pangungutang mo kung kani kanino para may pangtuition kami at sa laging pagadvance kay Mr. Lee na wala ka nang swinesweldo makabayad lang ng utang. Ma, we owe you a lot. Di kami makakarating kung nasaan man kami ngayon kung di dahil sayo.”
We are so blessed to have a mom like you na hindi sumuko sa amin. Di tayo pinabayaan ni Lord at andyan lang sya ginagabayan tayo para maging matatag at matupad ang pangarap mo para sa amin at ngayon may magandang buhay na at may masasayang pamilya na ang iba. Gusto ko din magpasalamat sa mga kaibigan ni mama na walang sawang tulungan sya sa hirap at sa ginhawa. The best po kayo Maraming Salamat!”
It’s time to go home
Being proud and thankful as he is to his mom, Hans excitedly said in his post towards his mom,
“Your graduation day has come mama and it’s time to go home.”
Hans together with his siblings treats their mom into an all-expense paid ASEAN TRIP! First stop, Singapore!”
“Kaya Ma, Today, your Graduation has come and finally you’ll be free from stress and work. In behalf of my siblings I am congratulating you! Job well done my mom! It’s been a long hard years kaya It’s time for you to enjoy life naman. Kaya before you go home for good, let’s have an ASEAN TRIP .All expense paid! We love you Mom! So First Stop, Singapore!”