OFW’s are considered as the new heroes of our country. It takes a lot of guts to leave your family and work abroad. During the 80’s and 90’s the one who usually work abroad is the father of the family, but because of the demand of female workers some mothers have decided to work abroad to give their family a good life. Since Filipinos are family oriented, it is harder for us to adapt with this circumstances, but OFW’s need to make this sacrifice to provide good life to their family. Working abroad to give your family a stable life is one of the sad realities of our country.
We interviewed a daughter of an OFW Pinay to understand what it feels like to have one of your parents work abroad. Faye’s mother works in a care home at Los Angeles, California. Thanks to the power of new technology, Faye and her mother were able to communicate through texting. According to her, the advantage of having a OFW parent/s is that they can support their family by sending money. They can also provide material things that cannot be found here in the country. It is a double edge sword; you can have the material things that you want but you can’t have the physical presence of your parents. Luckily for Faye, she was able to visit her mother in the U.S.A. 2 years ago. During the course of the interview, the answer that struck me the most is when she said that when you are apart from your love ones, you tend to forget the memories you had with her/him. It is sad to think that some of the good memories you spend with your love ones will be forgotten because you need to work and provide for your family. That is just one of the results of the sacrifice of our Global Pinay global heroes.
OFW Pinays are not just your typical women; they are heroes who endure sadness and take the greatest sacrifice of being away to your family. Let us extend or love to Global Pinay heroes who help not only their family but also our country.
Photo Credits: Faye Santos's Facebook Fan Page