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Filipino son of Hong Kong domestic worker touches hearts with tribute to her 20 years of hard labour

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"Hi Ma, it's time to go home! Finally, dumating na ang araw ng Graduation mo! I know excited kana at Susunduin na kita dahil overstaying kana dito sa Hongkong. I still remember I was still 6 years old nang iwan mo kaming pitong magkakapatid para makipagsapalaran dito sa HK to give us a better life and good education na paulit ulit mong sinasabi na yun lang maipapamana mo
Sa aming magkkapatid. Galit na galit ako sayo noon ng iwan mo kami kasi diko pa naiintindihan lahat why you have to leave us. Di naging madali ang lahat para sa atin dahil maraming pagsubok ang dumaan at halos magkawatak watak pa tayo. I couldn't imagine how hard it is for you makatanggap ng masasamang balita galing from Pinas habang nagpapakapagod ka. Di rin madali ang Nagpalipat lipat tayo ng tirahan at ng school. After 20 years of working hard and sacrifice heto na nagbunga narin ang pangarap mo para sa aming lahat. Look at us now, di mo namamalayan you already have produced an Certified Public Accountant, A Licensed Teacher, A Registered Nurse, A Pharmacist and Midwife, A Civil Engineer and Registered Master Plumber, and soon to have an Information Technologist. Looking back, di madali ang lahat para sa atin, marami tayong paghihirap na pinagdaanan. Sa pangungutang mo kung kani kanino para may pangtuition kami at sa laging pagadvance kay Mr. Lee na wala ka nang swinesweldo makabayad lang ng utang. Ma, we owe you a lot. Di kami makakarating kung nasaan man kami ngayon kung di dahil sayo. We are so blessed to have a mom like you na hindi sumuko sa amin. Di tayo pinabayaan ni Lord at andyan lang sya ginagabayan tayo para maging matatag at matupad ang pangarap mo para sa amin at ngayon may magandang buhay na at may masasayang pamilya na ang iba. Gusto ko din magpasalamat sa mga kaibigan ni mama na walang sawang tulungan sya sa hirap at sa ginhawa. The best po kayo Maraming Salamat! Kaya Ma, Today, your Graduation has come and finally you'll be free from stress and work. In behalf of my siblings I am congratulating you! Job well done my mom! It's been a long hard years kaya It's time for you to enjoy life naman. Kaya before you go home for good, let's have an ASEAN TRIP 🇸🇬🇮🇩🇻🇳🇹🇼🇲🇾🇹🇭🇲🇴🇵🇭 All expense paid! We love you Mom! So First Stop, Singapore! "

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 has touched hearts worldwide with his heartfelt tribute to his mother to thank her for 20 years of hard work, as he whisked her on an all-expenses-paid tour of Asia.

Hans Alcanzare, an urban planner, shared an emotional tribute to his mother Terisita as he went to collect her from Hong Kong International Airport on the day of her retirement on June 10. The pair plan to stop in seven countries including Singapore, Vietnam and Taiwan before returning home to the Philippines.

Once back at home, the Alcanzare family has pledged their mother will never need to work again. Alcanzare and his six siblings said they had set aside money in a bank account to provide their mother with a monthly allowance. Alcanzare’s emotional Facebook post about his mother’s retirement has attracted more than 125,000 reactions, with internet users praising his tale.

In the post, he describes his motive for giving his mother a surprise holiday as a thank you for enabling him and six siblings to gain professional qualifications. “After 20 years of working hard and sacrifice, it resulted in a dream for all of us,” he said. “Look at us now, you produced a certified public accountant; a licensed teacher; a registered nurse; a pharmacist; a midwife, a civil engineer and registered master plumber, and soon to have an information technologist. Looking back, everything was easy for us.”

There are more than 330,000 foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong. Most come from Indonesia and the Philippines to find better paid work than they would at home. Under Hong Kong law, they are required to live with their employer and are paid a minimum wage of HK$4,310 per month.

Foreign domestic workers have limited opportunity to return to their home country. Only after finishing a two-year contract is an employer required to cover the expenses. Additionally, foreign domestic workers are only given one week’s paid leave annually.

Writing on Facebook, Alcanzare went on to say that he recalled feeling angry on the day his mother left the Philippines for Hong Kong when he was only six years old.

 

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that is good news to hear.. her son came back to hong kong after graduation... his mom can just resign from her job and let her son take care of her and make money for the living...

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