A mix of laughter and cries were experienced by a family in Angeles City, Pampanga when their relative from Taiwan went home to surprise them after four years of working abroad.
OFW Emyrose surprised her family and they were in tears as they finally saw her since four years ago.
“Sobrang saya po kasi unang tumatak sa isip ko noon na magkakasama na ulit kaming magkakapatid. Kompleto na ulit kaming walo,” says Jonel Lobo, the one who took the video.
According to Jonel, Emyrose really likes surprises. It is said that the OFW wasn’t supposed to return home because she still has an existing contract with her employer in Taiwan. But she failed to refuse the pleas of her mother who is suffering from epilepsy.
“Ang hirap po kaya baka magsisi pa ako sa huli, tutal gusto ko na rin silang makasama kahit wala, pinagbigyan ko po ang nanay ko na umuwi na rin,” says Emyrose.
Emyrose worked as a domestic worker in Saudi Arabia for three years before going to Taiwan to work as a factory worker.
“Pag dumarating sa point na gusto mong sumuko, iniisip ko na lang lagi ‘yung naitutulong ko sa pamilya ko, ‘yung kaginhawaan na nakikita ko sa kanila, ‘yung ngiti nila. Kaya go lang, fight lang nang fight, hanggang sa magiging okay naman po,” says Emyrose.
Emyrose is the breadwinner of their family. She has seven other siblings.
“Sobrang sarap sa pakiramdam na iba ‘yung saya na nabibigay ko sa kanila, na kahit sa ganoong paraan lang po. Kumbaga masaya sila pero doble po ‘yung nararamdaman ko,” Emyrose said.
Jonel and Emyrose are the closes out of their other siblings. Emyrose sent Jonel to school where he finished his Bachelor of Physical Education, Major in School PE. Because Emyrose will finally stay in the Philippines for good, Jonel promised that he will now be the one to take care of his sister Emyrose.
“’Yun po ‘yung mindset naming lahat na pagdating niya rito, gusto ko pong maranasan niya naman na siya naman ‘yung magpapahinga, siya naman ‘yung pagsisilbihan namin, siya naman ‘yung magiging senyorito, senyorita, kami naman ‘yung kumakayod,” says Jonel.