Pacita Apilado | Huwarang OFW 2017 Family Nominee

Not having enough money, Pacita grew up working to finance her own education. She stayed with her grandparents who let her serve in a canteen and mini grocery. When her grandmother died, Pacita worked as a tutor and nanny to her cousins in exchange for money for her school allowance.

Pacita values education. This motivated her to strive hard and finish her degree in Nursing. However, her problem with lack did not stop there. When she finally had her own family, she had trouble in finances that forced her to apply for work overseas. She had to go through discrimination at the foreign workplace.

While working as a nurse for 3 years, she was able to save money for a house and for the educational plans for her 5 children. At 60 years old, Pacita now serves as a professor and college dean at the Lorma Colleges in La Union. Her children are now professionals in their own respective fields.

Despite the hardships and poverty, Pacita did not give up on her dream of finishing school and providing for her family. She held on to God’s promises and drew strength from Him.

As what was stated in Isaiah 40:31, “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings as eagles; they will run, and not be weary; they will walk, and not faint.”

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