OFW: Work Hard, Never Give Up!


The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.   

Vince Lombardi

Your dreams and inspiration drive you to work hard and be dedicated especially when your guts tell you that you’re surely getting what you’re aiming for. I’ve seen many people work relentlessly in order to get what they want no matter what risks and sorts of sacrifices they may take.  I salute these kind of individuals hence I thought of a simple way I can applaud them. It is by featuring them in my blog Beats of Pieces. These people deserve to be appreciated and recognized. Therefore today I start one person…collage

One of the people I’ve mentioned is Miss Mary Louise Gersamio, an OFW (Filipino Overseas Worker) from Cebu City Philippines. She thought not to give up easily in trying times rather do her best and work her way to get hold of her dreams and ambition.

537486_4596086619285_902986431_nWe were acquaintances during our College days but we never had a chance to hang out together for we’re both dedicated to our studies and lived different lives. At 31, Louise is still single and of course still dedicated to her job as a caregiver. She used to be a camera assembler in the Philippines however her desire to work in Canada propels her to fly to Hong Kong in 2007 as a stepping stone and to get a work experience and eventually apply somewhere else. Among the risks she took include leaving her parents and siblings. In her heart she could help her family from the decent job she got and it’s the only way to fulfill her dreams. Above all, her faith in God remains deep and a source of strength in dealing homesickness, problems and daily undertakings.  After few years she applied for Canada job and luckily employed as caregiver.

 “Life abroad is quite different from home, of course, but I always put in mind that I’m here to work and that I can build a concrete house for my family”, she quips.  “The salary I get in the Philippines is way too low compared to the salary I earn in Canada therefore I can help my family better when I’m here”, she added.

For Filipinos, we’re already winners when we gain the trust of our employers and co-workers. It is important to us and it inspires us to work and do better. We are grateful too for the chance to work outside the country for we learn a lot from the experience. Take Mary Louise’s experiences for example, she not only learn to socialize and develop her personality but also treat foreigners and fellow Filipinos fairly well. Moreover she learn to understand humanity and strengthen spirituality . So when asked if she would encourage her siblings or friends to work as an OFW, here’s her answer.

“Yeah, why not! As long as they’re willing to take the chances and sacrifices without fear, learn and relearn with enthusiasm and humility”.

I can see a strong personality and some spirit from Mary Louise’s answers. Truly this pretty lady is a tough fighter who also prefers quality job done hence she insisted on doing her best in everything she does. Even though the Philippines need more diligent and dedicated workers, many like Mary Louise prefer to work abroad just to earn higher to help the needs of the family. According to her, she’d love to work and stay in the Philippines where she can live with her loved ones or family and friends than work abroad however she needs a high-paying job to suffice their needs and improve life which can only be found outside the country.

Leaving home is not easy but necessary. So while working in Canada as caregiver, she is also living her life the way she wanted it with her trusted friends. It’s like living for the moment because it is said that anywhere you go, it is paradise but it’s up to you!

She also has a message to her friends and family: “To all my friends and family in the Philippines, I get easily homesick here and I miss you all. I miss all the food I love to eat like e.g. banana, sweet potato, etc… (namiss nko ang mga pagkaong lagutmon tulad ng kamote, saging ug uban pa.)”

Lastly. I can say Mary Louise is quite happy now that she has means to provide the help her family needed. Her dedication, hard work and love of family rolled as one makes her a treasure. More power to you and thank you for being an inspiration to a lot of people who also wish to achieve their dreams through hard work.

Since I started this article with a quote, let me end this with one too!

A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

Colin Powell 

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“An Overseas Filipino is a person of Filipino origin who lives outside of the Philippines. This term applies to Filipinos who are both abroad indefinitely as citizens or permanent residents of a different country, and to those Filipino citizens abroad for a limited, definite period, such as on a work contract or a student. It can also include seamen and others who work outside the Philippines but are not residents, either permanent or temporary, of another country.” 

This is per Wikipedia information and definition. It is true and Filipinos accept this term with pride.

Thank you for reading.


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