When I was younger, I dreamed of working overseas. It was because I had lots of relatives who usually came home for the yuletide season with lots of imported pasalubong loaded in big, balikbayan boxes. I always thought they were cool and how fun they had seeing new places and trying out new things as seen in the photos they sent us. I even assumed then that working far away from home in another land makes you rich. Who wouldn't? That was when I learned what remittances meant.
And so I grew up. It was not all bed of roses, I was told. Every penny was earned with blood, sweat and tears. It was hard-earned money.
In the first place, these people (called overseas Filipino workers) try their luck abroad and be separated from their family and loved ones to seek greener pastures. Some of them sell their lands and had their homes as collateral just to pay for placement fees. Others are spared from the financial weight of finding their way out of getting an employment abroad, foreign companies directly hire them.
Whatever the case, our families endure the separation from us because they want to give us a better claim in life: to be provided for and in the best possible way.
And so UnionBank Global Filipino is hosting a photo-blogging promo where every Filipino living and working overseas can win FREE round trip tickets for two (2) to any Cebu Pacific destination in the Philippines.
Just send in a photo (should be taken during the promo period from November 5 – December 5, 2010) showcasing what life is like there - whether in the workplace, or a local destination frequented by other Filipinos, or maybe doing something Pinoy-like!
Simply email your photo at email@example.com with your complete name, country of current location and Philippine address if any. Don't forget to LIKE http://www.facebook.com/unionbankph.
For a detailed mechanics of this promo, kindly refer to the image below.
Picture! Picture! Panalo ka Pinoy Contest is EXTENDED until December 31, 2010! It's never too late to send in a photo! Send one today!