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Pinay OFW in UAE honors mom with stage 4 cancer who plays father to the family for 25 years

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An overseas Filipino worker in Abu Dhabi paid tribute to her mother who served as their father as well for over 25 years. 

Rodelyn De Vera shared on The Global Filipino Magazine that her mother, Helen Cawille De Vera, is currently in Japan and has stage 4 lung cancer.

In a video shared to us, she mentioned that her father died in July 1995. And five months after the death of her father, her mother went to Singapore to work as a domestic helper. She then worked as a cleaner in Belgium for three years and is now in Japan as a cleaner. 

De Vera, who has three siblings, said that her mother defied all odds to make ends meet and finish their studies and give a better future. 

“Sa pagdaan ng panahon madaming challenges din sa buhay ang aming naranasan. Bilang panganay sa magkakapatid, kailangan kong alagaan at gabayan ang aking mga sisters. Minsan naitanong ko nga bakit kami mahirap? Bakit kailangan umalis ng aming ina? Madaming why and what if,” De Vera wrote in the video. 

Helen was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2019 but she still works to provide for her family. 

Currently, she undergoes treatment paid for by her employers in Tokyo. 

“Sa mama ko na papa din, happy father’s day! Mahal na mahal ka namin. Sa lahat ng sakripisyo at hirap na hinaharap natin, alam kong makakaya natin lagpasan ito,” she further added. 

Watch the tear-jerker video below:

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got story to tell? Email him at eic@theglobalfilipinomagazine.com.

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