“Ma, uwi ka na ng Pinas, ako naman MAGTATRABAHO!” – Minerva Jane Borca
This is one of the sweetest things an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) could ever hear from their children. After all the sacrifices they made for their families, it’s great to see that your children grew up well and are thoughtful enough to understand the hardships their parents faced for them.
Minerva shared her graduation photo on Facebook, with a caption that touched so many netizens’ hearts. She shared the hardships she faced as the daughter of an OFW, but also acknowledged that her mother certainly had to undergo more challenges abroad.
This made her focus in her studies and caring for her three younger siblings, to fulfill her promise to her mother. When things get rough, she holds on to her dream and thinks about the hardships her mom continues to face for the family.
“Mabuti pa yung ‘sahod’ buwan buwan umuuwi ng pinas”
“Ako na naman magcecelebrate ng pasko at bagong taon mag isa”
“Ne, sobrang nakakapagod dito wala pakong kain nagkape lang ako”
Linyahang sobrang nagpapabigat ng pakiramdam… linyahang hindi ko dapat indahin yung pagod sa pag aaral. Madaling sabihin, madaling isulat, madaling bigkasin pero napaka imposible. Mas pinipili kong pauwiin siya kesa makatanggap ng ano mang materyal na bagay.
Understanding these hardships made her feel less burdened by the fact that she had to stand as ‘mother’ to her three siblings. Even at a young age, she learned how to be responsible and to put her siblings’ needs first over her own. She learned how to sacrifice for them, just as their mom also had to sacrifice for the family.
“Yung realidad na mismo nagbukas sa isip ko na hindi dapat pansariling kagustuhan yung mauuna. Mas komportable ako sa salitang sila muna bago ako. Kung maraming nawala at kulang sakin simula noong mag-abroad siya, alam kong mas marami siyang tiniis at sakripisiyo sa malayong lugar para sa ikagagaan ng buhay namin at para mabigyan niya kami ng sapat na edukasyon,” she wrote.
Now that the family was overcome the initial hardships as Minerva graduates from college, she tells her OFW mom that it’s her turn to work and provide for the family. Isn’t that sweet?
“Ma, tumupad ako sa usapan nating kakayanin kong magtapos at hindi ako magloloko. Hindi lang ito para sakin para sa inyo to. Ma, oras na para ako naman yung tumulong,” Minerva wrote.
But with three siblings to send to college, having her mother back home for home might be a difficult challenge for this young lady, yet she is ready to take on the challenge for her family.