Sunday, June 22, 2008

Why the name Barangay OFW?

Each of us belongs to a barangay in the Philippines. The barangay which we belong to is a very special place. Most often, our extended family members live in the same barangay. We depend on our neighbors who depend on us in return. Interdependent, we help and look out for one another.

We celebrate birthdays, weddings, baptisms, fiestas, and other occasions in our barangay. In times of need, we help one another. We play, work, and worship mostly in our barangay. Thus, we are connected to one another.

It is our hope that all of us OFWs will feel connected to one another through our common experiences as overseas Filipino workers, as residents of our cyber-barangay Barangay OFW.

Copyright © 2008 to Barangay OFW. All rights reserved.


Kai Soriano-StaCruz said...

I am glad that someone/some folks are making an effort to help more OFWs get in touch with each other. Networking is important. As I understand it, this site also allows 'each Juan' to have a voice and that's very encouraging.
Here's to creating more Filipino barangays around the world and in cyberspace; its not just all about the barangays in our dear Philippines anymore - though I think we'll always look forward to seeing our own barangays back home, I know I do!
Thanks Dindean for sharing this site with us :)

Dr. Carmelita C. Ballesteros said...

@kai soriano-stacruz

Magandang gabi po. Thank you very much for your encouraging comments. Just a minor correction. All Juan's, Juanas, Juanitos, Juanitas, or Kulas/Kulasa's are welcome. We'll feature individual stories of success and failure because we believe that there's a gem in every story. Through the insights we glean from individual stories, we will have a bottom-up groundswell for reforms and reintegration.

I share your longing to stay put in our own barangays. We need to take action. This is a tiny step in that direction.

Good night!
(Thanks, Dindean, for spreading the word.)

Soo Fun said...

@dr.carmelita c. ballesteros

This is so excitiing and meaningful! I am so proud of you.

Dr. Carmelita C. Ballesteros said...

@soo fun

Thank you for your encouragement. Please help us with your prayers. It's going to be a long haul.