VIRAL: OFW Posts Sentiment Online Slamming People Not Content With Their ‘Pasalubong’
It has been a tradition in the Philippines that whenever a “balikbayan” or an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) comes home for a vacation from their jobs abroad, it is expected that they give “pasalubong” for their friends and family back in the country.
However, OFWs cannot please anyone with their “pasalubong.” It cannot be denied that a lot of people who have received gifts from the “balikbayan” think that they deserve something better.
And that’s what exactly Raymond Lopez, an OFW in Saudi Arabia, was trying to point out the moment he posted his story on social media. His post has eventually made rounds online, with a handful of other OFWs agreeing with his sentiments.
“Minsan, nakakadala talagang magbigay ng pasalubong kapag nagbabalik-bayan ka, bigyan mo man sila o hindi, meron at meron silang masasabi sa’yo, na kesyo ‘ito lang,’ ‘nagbigay ka pa,’ ‘kuripot naman,’ ‘yan ba ‘yung abroad?’ ‘tatlong taon sa abroad heto na ‘yun?’ reads a part of his post via Facebook.
He points out that an OFW does not come home just to give “pasalubong” to all of their friends and family.
“Walang obligasyon ang isang OFW na bigyan kayo ng mga tsokolate, sabon, pabango at kung anu-ano pa!” says Raymond.
He adds that an OFW comes home to take a break from the hustle and bustle of their job abroad, to relax their tired limbs and soul, and to be with their loved ones in the Philippines – not to give gifts to people.
He also challenges people who are not content with their “pasalubong” to also try to become an OFW so that they would realize the sacrifices and sufferings OFWs usually experience away from home.
“Matuto po sana kayong magpasalamat o makuntento, dahil kahit papaano’y naabutan at naalala kayo nung tao,” says Raymond.
Of course, a lot of netizens agree with what Raymond expressed on his Facebook story. Other commenters, however, said that OFWs should not complain about people because they are, by the way, not compelled to do so if they don’t like doing it.
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