Of strangers and family

KNOWN WRITER Mitch Albom posits that “strangers are family just waiting to be known”. My biggest push and best reward in writing this column is the opportunity to meet more of my family.

For instance, I now have new relatives in Texas. “Auntie” Tess (Perez) of Houston writes: Your recent feature “Provincial Bliss” really touched my heart. My husband (Orly) and I have been living in US and Canada for the last 32 years now, but there’s always that yearning of coming home. We came for a visit 2 years ago, and decided that Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte is going to be our next home. We came originally from San Fernando, La Union, but Pagudpud reminds us so much of our childhood environment, and I can’t wait to come home to the “Province”. My husband and I are products of DMMSU of La Union (formerly LUSAT). We are flattered that we already gained a “nephew” in Laoag. We’re very hopeful that we will meet you someday. Meanwhile, I will be very eager to read your weekly column.

Herdy’s rikna ken nakem: I learned that although Uncle Orly and Auntie Tess’ plans for retirement won’t happen in the next five years or more, they are already helping their future community. They allowed part of their newly-purchased land in Ayoyo, Pagudpud to be used as a community fishpond. This is in close coordination with the barangay chairman. In addition, they are supporting YCAP volunteers assigned in the barangay.

Sensing that the couple prefers to work silently and without fanfare in “giving back” to their adoptive community, I am crossing my fingers that they won’t mind my mentioning in this space their noble efforts. I just want you, dear readers, to feel inspired by their generosity of soul in the same way I was moved. Thrilled I always am to hear of folks who, blessed enough, are drawn to pay it forward… people who do good for goodness’ sake, unlike politicians. Their act—a modern-day, borderless bayanihan—exemplifies the best traits of the human spirit. Mabuhay!

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6 responses to “Of strangers and family

  1. diana

    even though they went to other country they still want to stay in there native land. sana ganyan lahat ng pilipino. hindi lang sila bumalik they also made a way on how they help and dev’t the community.

  2. diana jean

    ……..sana lahat ng Filipino ganyan… bumabalik sa lupang sinilangan at gumawa ng way to improve the community..
    nasa pilipinas na ang lahat… the resources. human labor and hindi naman tayo pahuhuli sa tecnology, kulang lang tayo sa discipline and we didn’t know to to improve and dev’t or used the resources in a meanigful way….

  3. ydeniño

    kahit gaano man kaganda ang buhay nila doon,babalik at babalik din sila sa lupang sinilangan nila.Kung ako manm ofcourse I will be back also to my country to serve.but not all filipino are like that,nakatikim lang ng dollar,my god dida ammu tumalyawen.But i salute the Filipino who will be back to their lupang sinilangan to help their kababayan.They know to share their blessings.Sana ganyan nalang lahat noh,walang crab mentality.Ang lagay naman kasi,ayaw naman kasi nilang maging progress ang buhay ng iba gusto lang nila,sila lang para sila lang ang titingala.But thats not good you know,we should help each other.at heto pa hindi naman po tayo nahuhuli kung sa resources dahil mayaman naman ang pilipinsa.pero hindi naman alam gamitin ng mga tao.kulang kasi sa disiplina.uhm kailangan pa kaya yayaman ang pilipinas.Buti nalang mayroon pa natitirang tao na bumabalik para matulungan ang kanilang kababayan.So i salute them at sana mainspire din ang mga iba para tumulong.Huwag kayong maghangad ng sobra.matuto tayong ibahagi ang mga iba sa mga nangangailangan dahil ito ay material lang na ipinahiram sa atin….

  4. xeno

    Ang Tao malayo man ito… babalik at babalik din kung san siya nagsimula….

    ako pag mplayo man ako sa sinilangan kung lupa syempre gagawa ako ng paraan upang mkablik ako… di man mismo ako yung bumalik sisiguraduhin kung khit malayo ako gagawa ako ng paraan para mafeel ko at ng mga kamag anak ko na “andito pa rin ako”

    dapat silang tularan for doing such a good deeds… modelo sila na kailangang ipagmalaki ng ating lahi…

    im very proud of them kase gumawa sila ng paran para maktulong sa kapwa pinoy kahit super layo nila…
    I salute them and all the Filipinoes out there!

    mabuhay po kayo!

  5. It’s nice that they have plans to improve the community and they want to stay in their native land. I wish all of our professionals would be like this staying in our country and improving it. Not improving other country for more money. But who can blame other people working abroad, if it’s that’s the only way to sustain their family need.

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