October is always a very special month for me. First, it is my birth month and second, my journey as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), a blogger whose chosen advocacy is service to fellow Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) became more meaningful.
Diary ni Gracia, my online journal at www.diarynigracia.com was the recipient of Best Blog on Migration from Commission of Filipinos Overseas’ 2nd Migration Advocacy Media (MAM) Awards 2012. This opportunity gave me the chance to a surprise homecoming in the Philippines – my family and friends could hardly believe when I sent them SMS saying I was in Manila already!
I first came to Kuwait some years ago and like any other Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), I had on and off battles with homesickness, different struggles and trials. Through all of these, my Faith in God sustained me, the community I was able to share with and my advocacy to be the arms, feet and voice of fellow OFWs who are less fortunate and helpless. I am not saying that I am strong. I am human and at fault too.
For this year’s MAM Awards 2014, I know in my heart that the deserving Filipino overseas, wherever he or she may be, whatever profession he or she holds, will once again be graced by his or her most deserving award and thereby upholding once more, the God fearing persona, determination, hard work, hospitality and skill synonymous to being Filipino!
(photo credit to Commission on Overseas Filipinos page)