For couples, once they get married, one of the first things they want to achieve is to have a house they can call their own. For a husband and a wife, having their own humble adobe is the first step to starting their own family.
Recently, an Overseas Filipino Worker named Sha-Sha Dangallo Villaruel shared her journey with her husband who is also working as an OFW. According to her, she and her husband were not born rich that’s why they strive for the future of their family.
Seeking Better Opportunities
In 2011, she decided to join her then-boyfriend to Manila and seek better career opportunities. She started applying to different agencies for the chance to work abroad. However, everything did not start easy — she finds staying in Manila costly, especially for her who is just starting.
To help finance their needs, her husband started working for his aunt. The money he is earning is used as their allowance and transportation whenever they are going to agencies. Sha-Sha, on the other hand, borrows money from her brother. She did not stop forwarding resumes to different agencies. She underwent several interviews she can no longer count, deceived by a fixer, and had a medical exam only to find out that the agency is not authorized to send OFWs abroad.
Kung ilang interview ang pinagdaanan ko nun hindi ko na mabilang. Meron din yung maloko ako ng fixer, naabutan kami ng bagyo at baha sa manila at tapos kana lahat mgpa medical yun pala walang visa ung agency sa posisyon mo. Saklap!
Working as OFWs
Luckily, they were able to secure a job in another country. In 2014, she finally married her husband but even if they are both earning money, people still have something to say.
Bakit kayo mgpapakasal ei [eh] wala pa namn kayo ipon?
But her husband became her motivation to strive for the better. In just a month after they got married, both of them flew to another country again to work.
Achieving Their Dreams
Finally, they are starting to reap the fruits of their labor. They are now in the process of constructing their dream house. They also have businesses on the side and were able to have vacations outside the Philippines.
Alam ko na marami pa kami mapagdadaanan sa buhay mag asawa, pero kasabay nun patuloy pa din kami mgpapasalamat at magbabalik loob sa mga biyayang ipinagkaloob ng Panginoon.
Sha-Sha is hoping to inspire not only couples but also other individuals that they can reach success in life if they want to. With perseverance and inspiration, anything is not possible.
Read the inspiring story here:
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