Due to the difficulty of life in the Philippines, many Filipinos opt to try their luck abroad. Hoping to sustain the needs of their families, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) endure the pain of being separated from their loved ones. The painful sacrifice that OFWs make was illustrated perfectly in this little girl’s spoken word poetry performance.
Akeelah Julia Dela Cruz is a grade five student from San Jose Elementary School in Rodriguez, Rizal. She recited her poem, aptly titled “OFW,” in front of her teacher and classmates.
Akeelah’s teacher, Ma’am Edz, captured her spoken word performance on camera. Ma’am Edz later posted the video on Facebook hoping that the little girl’s father gets to see it.
Akeelah’s poem was about the longing she felt as being away from her father, Michael Dela Cruz, who has been working abroad for more than two years. She shared that OFW parents like her father deserve appreciation due to the heavy price they pay just to give their families a better life.
The video of the spoken word performance went viral, earning the praise and admiration of many Pinoy netizens on social media. Read some of their comments below.
In just two days, the video has amassed over a million views and thousands of reactions on Facebook.
Watch the performance below.
Blogger Malcolm Conlan, who claims the little girl is “a relative of our family,” had something to say about it as well.
“Thanks so much for being so brave in telling your story of love, separation and being a tribute to the 11 million overseas Filipino workers abroad, including your dad, Michael.”
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