#BalikBayan: Love letters from OFWs
MANILA, Philippines – Aira Ada wakes up at 6 in the morning and starts her day with a video call. With her phone on one hand and a cup of coffee on the other, she glides around her home in Batangas City preparing to go to school while talking to her fiancé, pretending he's there and not miles away.
By this time, Gio Matarong is already in the middle of his night shift as a security guard in Dubai. She tells him about school and he tells her about work, and then they talk about their plans for the future and how much they miss each other. They will be doing the same the next day, as they have been for the past 2 and a half years.
"How much longer can we keep this going?" they wonder. But they try their best to keep the flames of their long-distance love alive. They want to. They have to. (READ: 'Fanning the flames of your long-distance love' )
Aira and Gio's story resonates with many other Filipino couples, separated by seas and time zones. Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) all over the world eagerly wait for the time they can finally see the home and loved ones they left behind, in search of a better life. Depending on technology to keep them in touch with each other, these couples seek to prove that their love can transcend physical lines. (READ: 'Long distance love: A letter to the one I left behind' )
On Valentine's Day, Rappler #BalikBayan asked 3 OFWs to share their messages of love.
Does love truly conquer all? Even distance?
Watch our Valentine's special and judge for yourself. – Rappler.com