Student’s Heartbreaking Spoken Poetry for OFW Mom Goes Viral

A student’s school requirement went viral after she dedicated the spoken poetry for her OFW mom…

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) sacrifice a lot for their families. Many of them leave their families when the kids are still small, finding better-paying jobs abroad to given them a better life.

Indeed, the lives of most OFWs’ families become better and more comfortable, yet this comes with a big price. Many OFWs end up with broken families. And while there are those who didn’t break up with their spouses but suffer difficult relationships with their children.

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Recently, a high school student went viral for her spoken poetry dedicated to her OFW mom.

Photo credit: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho / Facebook

Eva Jamelarin was just 16 years old when she got pregnant. While they received help from the family of her husband, Ike Jamelarin, Eva realized that she had to something to make her family’s life better. At the time, they were still living with Ike’s family, yet they only depended on them for everything.

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Without telling Ike about her plans, Eva began to process her papers to work abroad. She first worked in Singapore, then in Hong Kong. Indeed, life became better for her family. They now have a house to call their own, her husband drives their own tricycle, and they also have a small piggery business.

The two older kids are graduating from college this year, with degrees in Education and Criminology.

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But though they now live a more comfortable life, the separation took a toll on their relationship as a family. Eva’s kids are closer to Ike’s mother. Sometimes, they don’t even talk to her when she wants to make video calls, afraid that they might make mistakes. At times, they don’t really know what to say to her.

Iva was just 3 years old when Eva left. For her class requirement on spoken poetry, the young girl shared her longings and hang-ups as an OFW’s daughter, lamenting about how her mother was never there when she started school, throughout the difficulties and triumphs as a student, and through many occasions in her life.

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Many people were able to relate with Iva’s spoken poetry and her video went viral. Mom Eva could not help but cry over her daughter’s poem – and so did millions of other netizens, parents and children alike.

Soon, a team from Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho would visit Iva for an interview. The young girl was also invited to recite her poem during the school’s recognition day. What she didn’t know is that the show had prepared a wonderful surprise…

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Watch the video here:

Tula para kay Nanay

Isang tula ang handog ng estudyanteng si Iva para sa kanyang inang Domestic Helper sa Hong Kong. Dito niya ikinuwento ang kanyang pangungulila sa pinakamamahal niyang ina. Maantig sa kanilang kuwento sa video na ito. #KMJS

Posted by Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) on Sunday, 10 February 2019

Here’s her first performance:

Nay Yan ay Pangako😘Spoken Poetry for OFW

Posted by Iva Claire Milan Jamelarin on Sunday, 20 January 2019

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