I am an OFW deep within me, as a person. Struggling to survive in a far away place. Dreaming is the beginning. Making money is art.Winning is life. The secret of loving someone is to know something that nobody else knows.

Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that's more productive - Donald Trump.

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

- Henry David Thoreau

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

If you can't make it good, at least make it look good.

- Bill Gates

"Some men see things as they are and say 'why'? Others dream things that never were and say 'why not'?"

- George Bernard Shaw

"Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts."

- Unknown

Novel Synopsis: A weak young man...A first true love...A beautiful-rich woman obsessed with love...A kind-loving wife...A circle of friends...Chasing their dreams abroad as OFWs......

.... All brought together with their destinies to love aflame with conflicts, lies, lusts, ambitions, hatred, revenge and the struggles for life in a faraway place.

OFW: The Game Of Life Chapters

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Buhay OFW TV Taping Interview #BuhayOFWTV

Buhay OFW TV taping interview with Executive Producer, Nitz Magsino, Director Writer, Lala Villanueva Serrano and Jojie Ponce, Cameraman ‪#‎BuhayOFWTV‬

It was last December18, 2014 that I met Ms Lala Villanueva Serrano and Ms Marissa Del Mar of Buhay OFW TV during the awarding ceremony of Ex-Link Management for Outstanding Filipino Award 2014. It's a moment of joy and jubilation for me because after working abroad for almost twenty years, I've got this OFW Award.

Senator Cynthia Villar

Ms Marissa Del Mar

Ms. Lala Villanueva Serrano encouraged me to be featured in Buhay OFW TV together with my co-awardees that it will be aired every Saturday 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Aksyon TV Channel 41 Manila/NCR and Channel 29 Cebu/Davao. Luckily, it will be aired internationally: KSA, UAE, Italy, Guam, USA, Canada and Singapore.

Some of my photos during the visit of Aksyon TV Team.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Ending And The New Beginning #OFW68

Last Chapter

Loving the way I felt for them were making waves of intimate feeling that they’re longing for a long time. The reciprocal relationship confirmed that I will stay for them, love them and lead the way for their future.

The nightmare that I experienced with my friends changed to a very beautiful feeling not to be found from other people, only on my beloved family. It’s with my loved ones that triggered the most valuable essence of my being. It was with them all throughout, but I cannot see when a shroud of material things covered my entire self.

“Anne Rose, I heard from your brother that you’re working with the Philippine government new project?”

“Yes Daddy, that’s true….a joint venture of the American government and our country. It’s a new project….and it’s confidential in nature. I asked my leave of absence because I wanted to meet you here Dad.”

“I love you baby….be careful always and don’t forget to pray to God the Father.”

“Yes Daddy, I’ll do that…and thanks. You know about Kent Daddy?”

“What about?”

“He’s aiming to work at Malacanang Palace; he’s number one in BAR exam Dad and really a politician.”

“Anne Rose, please call them; John, Danny and Christine.”

“Okay Dad.”

Anne Rose called them up at the other end of the hall and came back with her three brothers and a sister.

“Dad we’re here…all of us.”

“Take your seats facing me…all of you.” I said looking them all seriously. “Well, you are all my children and today, I just know all your names and some of your behavior but deep inside of me, I didn’t know what kind of individual are you…in mind and heart. Forgive me for not knowing this before, yes that was before when you’re all still young then. As I struggle my life from other countries, I know, that I left behind to know your true self which are the best essence of being a father. All of you, as I observed this past hours, that we decided your schooling at home because of me. Since I gave your independence to study outside, you molded your personality the way you wanted it to be. On this regards, please allow me to know that and your ambition in life. So that, I could love you as my sons and daughters; and love you as what you intend to be. Can you do that for me?” I seriously looked at them on their eyes, one by one with the feeling of knowing their true minds and hearts; to know them better as their beloved father.

“Daddy, I’ll start the ball rolling and I’m your eldest daughter. Well, Dad, as I’ve told you a while ago and this is my job. I’m ready and interested for it. As of now, I’ve got used to physical, emotional and intelligence training. We’re trained by American experts. And as I said, some are confidential in nature. For loving someone, not yet and I love what I’m doing now. Dad, what can you say?”

“You’re the best baby Anne Rose! I have trust on you to carry on with your chosen field. I know you can do it excellently. One thing I’d like to ask for you, take good care of your three brothers and especially the youngest princess. You’re the eldest and that’s your responsibility for them all. All of you, do you understand? Keep your attachment to your eldest sister whatever you’re doing with your life.”

“Okay very good Anne Rose. Next, Kent Ian?”

“Yes Dad I’m here. Well, just graduated from college and a topnotch of the BAR exam. Dad, actually, I’m gaining my footing from the political world and really love my profession. You know what Dad, my hidden ambition….to become President of the Philippines. Are you with me Dad?”

“Yes Kent Ian, lovely and I’m really proud of you. All I can say is that, be aware always of the people around you, or friends, especially some politicians. You know our political system here in the Philippines, right?”

“Yes Dad and thank you.”

“Also, don’t forget to pray and call HIM when you needed help.”

“Yes Dad, I’ll remember that.”

“How about love my handsome son?”

“Dad, with regard to loving someone….not now Dad, maybe later on.”

“Well, John Philip, your turn now.”

“Dad I personally thanking you… and as for me, I’m still in college, got the chemical engineering course, but I’m planning to take some other science course too. Dad, you know what, I’m running for a cum laude of the Engineering Department. And, I really loved doing some other things that interests me. Well, for love….later on…I think so...”

“Good…very good John…keep the good work…I admire you my son!”

“Thank you Dad!”

“Danny…your turn?” I said looking at him.

“Dad, I want to be like you….a billionaire! What can you say Daddy?”

“Well, Danny, thank you for making me proud of my accomplishments but my life story is very different from yours. Besides, I came from…”
I stopped and looked at him…all of them.

“We understand Dad…know your life story.” Anne Rose said.

“Dad, you know me…want to be a businessman with my own way. And for love, well, I can’t say for the moment. Promise Dad, I swear!”

“Okay Danny, like your vision and I salute you for that.”

“Thanks Dad! You know what Daddy, your little angel wanted to be an international model and actress,”
as he presented Christine Mae in front of me.

“Are you sure Christine my angel?”

“Yes Dad, I can afford isn’t it?” Christine performed her killer stance in front of us. “See Dad, I can act too…you like sample Dad?”

“No thanks my angel….you’re so artistic and beautiful!” I kissed her and whispered,”I’m sure you can do it because you're perfect in every angle.”

“Really Dad!”

“Yes my dear!”

“Ohhh I love you Dad!”
She hugged me tightly and said, “Thank you Daddy.”

“All of you take your seats. What we’re doing right now including the audio, the video are recorded for my files. I want this because I treasure this moment to each of you. Who knows, maybe in the future, I’ll be with you again. With regard to all your financial expenses, allowances and other matters, I’ll assign somebody to handle this.”

“Okay Dad.” All of them said in unison. I smiled and everyone kissed and hugged me.

Still sitting on my wheel chair, they pushed me towards the center of the hall, opened their gifts and gave it to me individually. Very glad for this moment with my children, the thing that I didn’t done for them while growing up. The lost time that I spent as an Overseas Filipino Worker cannot be redeemed by spending a shorter time, but looking the result of their accomplishments and personalitiies as a responsible citizens.

“Thank you so much my children…truly loved your presents to me.”

The group came while we’re at the center of the hall, that my wife, Ayah Isabel hastily embraced me crying.

“Marco, I’m so sorry…hu-hu-hu-hu….please forgive me,” and I said whispering to her, “Don’t worry at all, we’ll talk that later. Do you know her?”

“Yes Marco, she’s beautiful, I talked to her….explained everything. Our children know already about them and Danielle. Let’s introduce her to our children.”


Ayah pushed the wheel chair where the group was sitting introducing each other through the leadership of Edward. I saw Lina Luna but I eluded my mind to talk to her at that moment. I kept my silence I wanted them to initiate the introduction. I looked at them all especially Shaira; smiling and contented to be with the group.

I moved my right hand to Ayah’s hand, tightly fingered her palm, a signal to start the introduction. She squeezed my palm too, an affirmative sign to begin.

“Good afternoon to all, especially our children, Edward and wife, Lina and son, and Shaira. You know, Shaira’s alone now family. She’s Marco’s daughter from Danielle who truly loved him since our college days. I knew, that you already have some knowledge about it through your uncle Edward.” Ayah Isabel stopped and looked at Shaira who’s listening very carefully. “Shaira, come over here,” she said walking to the seat where Shaira’s sitting. They came back to me and Shaira embraced me and said, “Dad thank you so much, I missed you….I thought you left me…”

“I’m responsible for you now…and I love you baby.”

“Yes Dad, I know…we’ll talk that some other day Dad.”

“Okay Shaira,” and I kissed her while I observed my five children are looking intently. “Anne Rose, Kent Ian, John Philip, Danny Robert and Christine Mae, I formally accept and introduce Shaira Gustilo Fernando…your sister and our family member now. Come my children…welcome her....” All of them embraced, welcomed her warmly and I’m glad for this reunion.

“Thanking you all for accepting me here…Daddy Marco…Mommy Ayah…thank you so much!” She cried in front of the group.

As I saw Shaira’s crying…as my children hugged each other…. my tears fall to the book I’m holding on my lap which was given to me by Ayah Isabel as a gift. The title and author written in bold letter:

Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW): This is My Life and Story

By an OFW

“To Err Is Human, To Forgive Divine”

Alexander Pope


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Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Revival #OFW67

A week had passed, as we walked near the garden, I felt the sun rays warmth my skin and flesh. An invigorating freshness, after an emotional outburst just like the multi-colored flowers around me welcoming for a new day. I closed my eyes, smelled the morning dew and felt my heart was beating for me to continue living. A beautiful life and a beautiful day indeed!

“Nurse, thank you... orange juice please.”

“Okay sir….a moment please.” The nurse served the orange juice with a smile on his face, “Sir, you want something to eat?”

“Thank you, later.” I said as another servant came. “Sir Marco, you have visitors at the guest’s house, would you like them to come here?”

“Who are they?”

“Your family from Manila sir.”

“Where’s your sir Edward?”

“He’s coming….on the way now.”

“Okay, send them here.”

My five children came running to me which I hugged them all at once. Tears were falling down on my checks, I missed them so much.

“Dad, you’re so dramatic,” Anne Rose said while wiping my tears.

“I’m so very happy to meet you all…my children!”

“Dad, how are you now?” Kent asked.

“Yes Dad, how’s your feeling now?” John said.

“Don’t worry….I’m fine now but the problem is….I can’t remember some of your name,” as I smiled to them. “Anne Rose..right?”

“Yes Dad! Yeheyy, you remember my name,” as Anne Rose kissed and embraced me.

“You’re a woman now my little princess.” I said to Anne. “And, this is Michael?”

“Dad, I’ll introduce them to you, alright?” Anne said and I nodded.

“Next to me is Kent Ian, then, John Philip and this is Danny Robert. The last one is Christine Mae….the youngest.” Anne pinpointed them one by one in front of me that I kissed and hugged them, one by one too. But the youngest Christine stayed with me by my side.

“Dad, I love you….I heard you’re a superstar!”

“Ha-ha-ha-ha….” I laughed lightly when Edward appeared.

“Hello my friend Marco Fernando?”

“Hello my friend Edward Ramirez?”

Edward embraced and hugged me. “How do you feel now? It’s been a week since the doctor injected some drugs for you to take a rest thoroughly.”

“I’m fine now Edward….and thank you for saving me.”

“Don’t mention it, I’m your best friend remember?”

“Yes, but how do you know about them?”

“Well, in Dubai City, I knew their situation, I mean Danielle and Roger. They’re quarreling about the money coming from you. And they’re not in good terms. I hired a detective service to follow them. Actually, the plan came from Roger Ferrer not Danielle or Mike Luna.”

“I see…thanks to you. How’s your wife, your family?”

“Actually they’re together with Ayah Isabel and Lina Luna at the shopping mall. They’re coming…”

“Thank you for everything that you’ve done to me.”

Edward smiled at me and hugged me again. “Your children are grown up now, seems like yesterday, huh?’

“Yes, I want to live because of them. Edward I remember something, my daughter from Danielle Gustilo….I left her in the hotel before I went here….her name is Shaira Gustilo Fernando.”

“Same hotel in Makati?”

“Yes Edward. Can you check her for me?”

“Okay friend.”

Edward called the hotel in Makati City and positively talked to Shaira.

“Marco, she’s still there at the hotel. I think it’s better that I have to go there, pay the bills and fetch her up.”

“Yes Edward…. and this is the best time to introduce her to my family. What do you think?”

“You know better than me Marco.”

“I think, I’ll fetch Shaira in Makati and Ayah too at the shopping mall.”

“You know better than me Edward.”

“You fool my friend..ha-ha-ha-…Okay I’m going…”

As Edward started to leave; my five children appeared before me. They’re joyfully smiling at me which made me think other than making me happy. I was very happy!

“Dad, we knew what you are talking about….our sister Shaira? Uncle Edward told us before that you had two children from a woman named Danielle? Don’t worry, we’re grown up now and we understand about this matter. All of us, wants to meet her and don’t worry about Mommy, we can handle this.” Anne said.

“Thank you so much Anne, Kent, John, Danny and Christine. You’re all…so understanding…thank you my children…”

“Dad, be happy for your life….we’re behind you always.” Kent said to me holding my hand. “Yes Dad,” and the rest of the children said in unison.

They entertained me while we’re waiting for Ayah Isabel, Lina Luna, Shaira and Vivian Montoya. Our bonding was very successful in terms of getting to know each other again. That for the past years I’m away with them, my heart still longing the very core of their being; the very essence of their love for their father. With my situation right now; sitting, observing and smiling at them while they made their own effort to show their prowess in front of me which they cannot get while I’m in a normal state.

Loving the way I felt for them were making a waves of intimate feeling that they’re longing for a long time. The reciprocal relationship confirmed that I will stay for them, love them and lead the way for their future.

The nightmare that I experienced with my friends changed to a very beautiful feeling not to be found from other people, only on my beloved family. It’s with my loved ones that triggered the most valuable essence of my being. It was with them all throughout, but I cannot see when a shroud of material things covered my entire self.


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