For many families with overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), it is a sad reality that they don’t get to spend all Christmas celebrations together. While some could go home for Christmas and spend a short vacation with family, others could only visit their families in other days of the year. Others can’t even come home every year.
Now, OFWs are fond of sending ‘balikbayan’ boxes to their families. These boxes are filled with clothes, shoes, bags, and other goods that they bought abroad as treat for their families back in the Philippines.
With this in mind, one OFW dad decided to surprise his daughter by getting inside a ‘balikbayan’ box as a treat for Christmas!
Marco Caesar shared the heartwarming video of his niece posing for a photo with the box. The girl was used to receiving a balikbayan box from her parents, both of whom are OFWs.
For Christmas 2018, the young lady was not really expecting that any of her parents would be home. She understands that they are both working and that they would be home in December 2019.
But her dad took pity on the young girl, knowing she would be spending Christmas without both parents. She had relatives to care for her, but Christmas is really a special moment for the family.
To surprise the girl, his dad got inside the ‘balikbayan’ box. The young girl was then asked to take a photo with the box – and she readily obliged, posing for the camera with a big smile on her face.
She really thought she would only find chocolates and treats inside the box, but was greatly surprised to open the box and find her father inside! Overwhelmed with emotion, the young girl cried even as she moved to hug her dad.
It was a wonderful surprise for this girl – and it was also a beautiful moment for this OFW dad who doesn’t get to spend a lot of time with his daughter.
Watch the lovely but rather tear-jerking moment here: