A year ago, I left the country to work. It was my first Christmas spent away from family. I remember how I cried myself to sleep that Christmas Eve, alone in my cabin, far from the usual warmth of home and midnight dinner. It was also my first New Year's Eve spent away from family. More than 6 months later, I came back after my contract ended, hoping that I would no longer have to leave my family and home. That experience made me understand the plight of our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). This Christmas, I am offering a prayer for them, especially those working onboard ships. My heart goes out to them and their families who long for their presence more than their padala and pasalubongs.
And then I came across this video from Coca Cola featuring our OFW. This got me teary-eyed. Hopefully one day, our families shall stay together, not sundered by the demands of economics.