What’s the best way to celebrate Christmas than to spend it here in the Philippines with the whole family. Christmas is the most awaited time of the year when families and friends socially gather, eat sumptuous meals, give and receive wrapped gifts and just purely enjoy the holiday bliss.
Last night while watching my favorite TV show, I can’t help but be emotionally moved by the latest thematic TVC of Jollibee. It’s a story of 2 fathers who were both away from their loved ones for the past years on Christmas day. The pain and regret of not being with their families can be heartfelt through their eyes knowing that Christmas is meant for their precious ones.
The “balikbayan” father who works as an OFW abroad was extremely excited to reunite and surprise his wife and kids while at the same time saddened with the thought of the 2 Christmases he spent away from them stressing that he missed Noche Buena, Simbang Gabi and the mere presence and company of his family. Just imagine how hard it was for him to be far away from his children on the most celebrated day of the year. Meanwhile, the father who’s a cab driver here in the Philippines had been longing for his son who works overseas citing that he had been away for the past 5 years.
Here’s a clip of the TVC:
The stories of these 2 men represent the situations of most Filipino families. For greener pasture, fathers leave their families to support their needs, give them shelter, provide food on the table, send their kids to good school and cover other extra expenses to give them a better life. It may also be the other way around, grown-up kids leave the country to give their parents the best life that they deserve. [Continue reading...]