Girl Makes Netizens Cry with Heartbreaking Poetry Dedicated to Her OFW Mom

Students at a high school in Iloilo were asked by their teacher to write their own composition for spoken poetry which they will perform in front of the class. But the graded activity would bring one student to fame after she dedicated her heartbreaking poetry to her OFW mom.

The high school student, Iva Claire Milan Jamelarin, performed the poem entitled, “Nay, ‘Yan ay Pangako.

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While she was only writing about her sentiments for her mother, the young girl touched a lot of people who could easily relate with her situation.

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Iva’s mother, Eva Jamelarin, went abroad when she was still 3 years – and her young mind could not comprehend why her mom had to go. She kept asking herself whether her mom would have changed her mind if she had seen them crying, asking her to stay.

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Throughout the years, she never experienced her mother’s care because the latter was always away. Instead, Iva and three siblings had to turn to their paternal grandmother for help. Their father, Ike Jamelarin, was also busy as he drove a tricycle and managed their small piggery business.

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For her part, Eva said she went abroad to provide her family with a better life. She got pregnant at 16 and though Ike’s family was supportive, providing for their needs, life was difficult because they had no money. So, she secretly processed her papers so she could work abroad.

Today, the family has a much better life than in the past. They have their own house, a piggery business, and Ike drives his own tricycle. The two older children are set to graduate this year, one with a degree in Education and the other in Criminology.

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But the four children are not close with their mother. Sometimes, they won’t even talk to her because they feel like she abandoned them.

The least vocal of the four siblings about their situation, Iva shared her sentiments in the spoken poetry – and this greatly surprised her OFW mother whose heart broke after watching her daughter’s performance.

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Iva’s heartbreaking spoken poetry dedicated for her OFW mom would quickly go viral, making a lot of netizens cry. Many parents cried, especially OFWs who could easily understand this young girl’s sentiments. A lot of OFWs feel that their kids also feel the same way – and many OFW kids also cried along with the video, because they know exactly what Iva feels!

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After Iva’s spoken poetry went viral, the school invited her to perform again during the Recognition Day.

What she didn’t know is that one of her dreams would soon come true as the team from Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho covering the story had prepared a special surprise for her and the family.

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Watch the tear-jerking video here:

Tula para kay Nanay

Isang tula ang handog ng estudyanteng si Iva para sa kanyang inang Domestic Helper sa Hong Kong. Dito niya ikinuwento ang kanyang pangungulila sa pinakamamahal niyang ina. Maantig sa kanilang kuwento sa video na ito. #KMJS

Posted by Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) on Sunday, February 10, 2019

For Iva’s original video, watch here:

Nay Yan ay Pangako😘Spoken Poetry for OFW

Posted by Iva Claire Milan Jamelarin on Sunday, January 20, 2019

Nay, ‘Yan ay Pangako

Written by: Iva Claire M. Jamelarin

“Para ito sa inyong kinabukasan.

Titiisin kahit mabigat man sa pakiramdam

Tutulak palayo para makaahon sa kahirapan

Wala man ako sa inyong paglaki,

Sa aking puso, kayo ay mananatli

 

Masakit man sa akin ang malayo ay kakayanin ko

Sa kadahilanang ayaw kong maranasan niyo ang mga naranasan ko

Mahal na mahal ko kayo. Para sa inyo ‘to

‘Yan palagi ang tumatakbo sa isip ng OFW

 

Magtatatlo ako nang umalis ang nanay ko

Apat kami, at ako ang bunso

Sa mura kong edad ay kinaya ko

Dahil ang pangako ni nanay, “Babalik ako.”

 

Pinanghawakan ko

At panghahawakan ko

Dahil naiintindihan ko

 

Magtatatlo ako nang umalis ang nanay ko

Pinatulog lang kami at saka tumungo

Ang daming tanong na sa aking isipan ay tumatakbo

Tulad ng, “Kung ‘di kaya ako natulog, mananatili ka ba?”

“Kung nakita mo kayang mulat ang aking mga mata at lumuluha, tutuloy ka pa ba?”

“Kung nalaman ko bang mag-aabroad ka at makikiusap akong’ wag ka nang umalis, papayag ka ba?”

 

Pero kahit ‘di ako natulog

Kahit mulat ang aking mga mata at lumuluha

Kahit makiusap akong wag ka nang umalis

Ay wala na ‘kong magagawa dahil buo na ang ‘yong pasya

 

Nakita mo man ang unang tawa ko

Nakita mo man ang unang iyak ko

Narinig mo man ang unang salita ko

Nasaksihan mo man ang unang lakad ko

Ang unang pagkadapa at pagbangon ko

Ang unang beses na kumain ako

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Pero wala ka sa unang araw ng pagpasok ko sa eskwela

Wala ka sa unang pagpupulong kasama si maestra

Wala ka nang unang sinabitan ako ng medalya

Wala ka sa pagtatapos ko sa elementarya

Hindi ako nanunumbat

Pero ‘Nay, kailangan kita.

Pero pipilitin kong intindihin

Dahil para sa’min kaya nandiyan ka

 

Ang hirap lumaki na wala ka sa tabi ko

Walang nanay na mag-aalaga sa’kin tuwing nagkakasakit ako

Walang magtuturo sa’kin tuwing hirap na ako sa assignments ko

Walang yayakap sa’kin tuwing may napagtatagumpayan ako

Pero ramdam kita dahil nandito ka, at mananatili ka sa Puso ko

 

Gusto ko ang mga pag-ugoy mo

Gusto ko ang pagsuklay mo ng buhok ko

Pagpili ng idadamit ko

Pagluluto ng ulam ko

Yakap at halik mo

Miss na miss na kita

Gusto ko na ulit makulong sa bisig mo

 

Ilang taon na ba kitang hindi nakakasama? Dalawang taon? Higit pa?

Kaya tuwing umuuwi ka ay sinasalubong kita ng mainit na yakap

Dahil gusto kong sulitin ang mga panahong muli kang makasama

Kapalit ng panibagong dalawang taon mo sa ibang bansa

 

Gusto kong magtampo

Ilang okasyon na ba ang wala ka sa tabi ko?

Kaarawan, graduation, bagong taon, pasko

Oo, nakukuha ko ang lahat ng gusto ko

Pero hindi materyal na bagay ang nais ko

Kundi ikaw, sa bawat okasyon at yakap ako

 

Kaya pipilitin kong palitan

Ang bawat butil ng pawis mo

Sasabayan ko ang sakripisyo mo

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Sa darating na anim pang taon

Hindi na mabigat na maleta ang bitbit ng mga kamay mo

Hindi na passport at ticket papunta sa kung saang lupalop ng mundo

Dahil sasabayan kita sa hakbang mo

Hahawakan ko ang kamay mo habang paakyat tayo sa entablado’t makukuha mo na ang patunay ng mga sakripisyo mo

Sources: Facebook / Iva Claire Milan JamelarinFacebook / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, GMA News