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'That poem has changed my life,' says foreign worker

'That poem has changed my life,' says foreign worker

DEAR KABAYAN,I got my first issue of Kabayan from a Filipino store in Jhongli City on June 7. Eager to read it, I remember rushing back home that day. I got home around 5 p.m., tired but happy following a long day spent with friends.
I did not even notice that tears were already running down my cheeks while reading your column. I tried to control my feelings but the tears kept on coming. I was lying in bed, reading Edcel Benosa's poem "Barkong Papel" (Paper Boat). Her poem made me cry. My heart was trembling with pain. That poem has changed my life.
The Taiwan News was the first newspaper that made me cry. It dawned on me then that words could really be powerful. They could inspire or uplift you. In my case, they made me weep.
Kabayan, I would like to express my appreciation to the Taiwan News for giving us this special section. Through Kabayan, we are able to reach out and touch the lives of others - even complete strangers.
I too would like to touch the lives of our fellow migrants. Through your column, I am hoping that I would be able to share my experiences and talents with the community. I have written a poem, and I am dedicating it to you.
To our fellow Filipinos: I am encouraging you to support Kabayan. Let us speak us one until the whole world hears us. This is the time to take a stand. This is our chance to prove that we are indeed the new heroes of our country. Let us make sure that they will remember us Filipinos, even a hundred years from now. Never give up, never give in. Never lose hope, never lose faith. Let us face the future with confidence. Let us have faith in the almighty God. Be a splendid Filipino, today and tomorrow.
Do not be silent. Write Kabayan. Share your stories, experiences, and lessons learned. Kabayan is a very powerful tool for us migrants, and a vital source of information. Let us support this section.
Kabayan, I have a suggestion. Would it be okay if you start a "text corner?" This would give us the opportunity to send instant greetings to our loved ones and friends. Finally, I would like to thank Kuya Fabian of the Visayan Association in Taiwan for inviting us to the Philippine National Day celebration last Sunday.
SOPHIA AMOR
Jhongli City
DEAR SOPHIA AMOR,
Your letter made me cry! Thank you for your support. I never thought that the Taiwan News has such a loyal and spirited fan in Jhongli. Maraming salamat. We will do all that we could to make Kabayan better and bigger. Please convince the Filipino stores and other businesses in your area to advertise in Kabayan. Those advertising dollars are used to pay for Kabayan's printing cost. This also enables us to distribute Kabayan for free. In the end, it is you - our readers - who will be benefiting from it.
A text corner? I think that's a brilliant idea. We are therefore encouraging our readers who want to send "instant" messages to their friends and loved ones to text us at 0918-340-548. Your text messages will appear in Kabayan starting next Sunday. Also, please tell us if you would like your cell phone number to appear alongside your messages. If you do not want your phone numbers published, please clearly state that in your SMS.
Sophia, Edcel Benosa is an active member of the OFW Family Club-Taiwan Chapter. If you want to join this group, just text Ellen Panaligan at 0916-555-410. The membership ID costs NT$150 - NOT NT$100 as we had written in last Sunday's column. If you do not want your mail to be that "bulky" - that NT$50 coin will be jiggling inside that envelope - send NT$200 instead. According to Ellen, the extra NT$50 will be used by the Club to finance its other projects.
The OFW Family Club by the way is holding a fundraising at "Kuya Danny's" Filipino restaurant on June 25 starting at 3 p.m. The restaurant is located at 2F, No. 26, Zhongshan North Rd., Sec. 3, Taipei. The venue is quite close to St. Christopher's Church.


Updated : 2021-10-22 12:48 GMT+08:00