Ritz Azul recounts living away from parents, salutes OFWs for their sacrifices
Ritz Azul expressed her admiration for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), after recalling the time when her mother had to fly to Bahrain for work.
Due to the gloomy weather brought about by typhoon Tisoy yesterday, Dec. 3, the actress could not help but wax sentimental about her mother’s time as an OFW.
Azul shared old photos of her as a kid when her mother left the Philippines to work abroad, as seen in her Instagram post yesterday.
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Bilang gloomy ang panahon… nakakasenti… bagayan natin. 😁 • Looking at these pictures, I can still vividly remember how I felt when nanay flew to Bahrain to work. Nakasmile ako sa mga picture na ‘to pero yung puso ko sasabog na sa lungkot at iyak na iyak na ako. Habang nagpipicture, kumakain, naglalakad, nagpunta ng cr. Gusto kong umiyak nun! Eksakto sa mga picture na ‘to, masakit na lalamunan ko habang nakasmile kakapigil ng iyak. Kaso bawal daw akong umiyak sabi ni papa kasi kinukuha raw nila yung batang umiiyak. Bata palang pala ako, artista na 😂 tapos nung si nanay ang umalis, si papa naman nagtrabaho rin sa Batangas habang ako nasa Pampanga or Laguna. at mula noon, naturuan ako ng buhay na maging matibay. Naks! Saludo rin ako sa OFWs. Yung hirap at sakit na nararanasan nila na hindi ipinapakita pag tumatawag sila sa mahal nila sa buhay. Akala mo laging masaya at masarap ang buhay nila pero kabaligtaran lahat. Naging OFW rin ang mga magulang ko. Ngayon, nagpapasalamat ako na magkakasama ulit kami. At sana, sa mga OFW ngayon, makasama nyo rin ang mga mahal nyo sa buhay at sila naman ang magaalaga sa inyo… ayun lang. naalala ko lang bigla…
“Looking at these pictures, I can still vividly remember how I felt when nanay (mother) flew to Bahrain to work,” she said.
The actress noted that even though she was smiling in the pictures, her throat was already hurting from holding her tears back.
“Kaso bawal daw akong umiyak sabi ni papa kasi kinukuha raw nila yung batang umiiyak,” she joked. “Bata palang pala ako, artista na.”
(But I was told not to cry because Papa said kids who cry will be taken away. Even as a kid, I was already an actress.)
Azul revealed that her father also worked far away from her when her mother left the Philippines. Her dad worked in Batangas while Azul lived in Pampanga or Laguna.
She then praised OFWs for their sacrifices.
“Yung hirap at sakit na nararanasan nila na hindi ipinapakita pag tumatawag sila sa mahal nila sa buhay,” she said. “Akala mo laging masaya at masarap ang buhay nila pero kabaligtaran lahat.”
(The hardships that they face and do not show when talking to their loved ones in life; you think their lives are always happy and good but it is the opposite of all of that.)
She then expressed her gratitude for being reunited with her parents. Azul hopes OFWs now will be with their loved ones again eventually. JB
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