Semmy Jemino | Huwarang OFW 2017 Family Nominee

Semmy Jemino | Huwarang OFW 2017 Family Nominee

Semmy Jemino went to the Middle East with one purpose – to find a work that would support the needs of her family. But in her pursuit to fulfill this dream, she experienced a horrifying incident that threatened her security and her decision to stay in this foreign country. One day, while doing her household duties, the brother of her […]

Dan Lester Gabon | Huwarang OFW 2017 Individual Nominee

Dan Lester Gabon | Huwarang OFW 2017 Individual Nominee

Dan has dreams and he knew in his heart that if he will not fight for it, no one will. Growing up in poverty, Dan realized how important it is to work hard in order to achieve something in life. When his parents separated, it was Dan’s grandparents who took care of him. Though they genuinely accepted him, life remained […]

Reuel Eliazar Tica | Huwarang OFW 2017 Missionary Nominee

Reuel Eliazar Tica | Huwarang OFW 2017 Missionary Nominee

While other families pass down an heirloom, a business, or a valuable property from generation to generation, Reuel’s family got something far more lasting and precious than all of those. Reuel Eliazar Tica was raised in a Christian family where everyone shares the same zeal and passion to serve God and His people from his grandfather to his dad, siblings, […]

Jun Gaviola | Huwarang OFW 2017 Missionary Nominee

Jun Gaviola | Huwarang OFW 2017 Missionary Nominee

Because of abuse and irresponsibility, Jun Gaviola grew up harboring hatred against his father. For him, life with his father is similar to living in hell. There came a point in his life where he questioned why God allowed them to live under the wing of a physically and verbally abusive father. To help his mother, Jun worked as a […]

Ludy Obando | Huwarang OFW 2017 Family Nominee

Ludy Obando | Huwarang OFW 2017 Family Nominee

After realizing that her husband prioritizes his vices more than her, Ludy Obando’s love for her husband started to turn cold. Their constant and worsening exchanges of arguments prompted Ludy to leave her husband and go abroad. She went to Hong Kong and worked as a domestic helper to get away from her husband, but she kept constant communication with […]

Marina Labenia | Huwarang OFW 2017 Individual Nominee

Marina Labenia | Huwarang OFW 2017 Individual Nominee

Pregnant at 15 and living together with her alcoholic husband, Marina Liberia went to Taiwan to escape her miserable situation. Just like how she thought that having her own family is easy, Marina also thought that her life would be better abroad. After her husband in a drunken state got into a fight and killed someone, Marina provided the money […]

Reizza Barcenal | Huwarang OFW 2017 Individual Nominee

Reizza Barcenal | Huwarang OFW 2017 Individual Nominee

Reizza’s family depended on her father’s income from a small aircon repair shop. Lacking finances to sustain their family, she decided to work in Dubai just like her father. Like most Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Reizza wanted to provide a better life for her family. But like most OFWs too, she experienced homesickness while she was working abroad. Worse was […]

Sherwin Reyes | Huwarang OFW 2017 Missionary Nominee

Sherwin Reyes | Huwarang OFW 2017 Missionary Nominee

Insecure of his age and taken from his comfort zone, Sherwin initially did not know what to make of God’s calling to become a pastor in Singapore. He was already enjoying the fruits of his labor as a business planner in Vietnam at that time. Aside from the fact that he did not know what the future holds, he was […]

Pacita Apilado | Huwarang OFW 2017 Family Nominee

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 […]

Renato Caraan | Huwarang OFW 2017 Missionary Nominee

Renato Caraan | Huwarang OFW 2017 Missionary Nominee

A near-death experience in an ambush attack while he was working as a driver in a mining company opened Rene Caraan’s eyes to decide to turn back from womanizing and alcoholism. After fully surrendering his life to God, he decided to work abroad. While working to be able to provide for his family’s needs, Rene developed a deeper relationship with […]

Phina Colico | Huwarang OFW 2017 Individual Nominee

Phina Colico | Huwarang OFW 2017 Individual Nominee

Raped at the age of 7, Phina become bitter and distrustful towards men while she was growing up. She thought every man deserves punishment and her heart was full of anger and bitterness. She thought that her life would be better if she worked as a domestic helper in Singapore but she was wrong. The new culture and environment accompanied […]

Pappet Amihan | Huwarang OFW 2017 Missionary Nominee

Pappet Amihan | Huwarang OFW 2017 Missionary Nominee

Holding on to the promise in God’s Word found in Jeremiah 31:16-17, “Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope for your future, says the Lord, and your children shall come back to their own […]

Shiela Cansino | Huwarang OFW 2017 Individual Nominee

Shiela Cansino | Huwarang OFW 2017 Individual Nominee

Shiela valued her education greatly, influenced by her mother who worked hard to send her and her siblings to school even if it means borrowing money. This inspired her to be more dedicated to her studies. After graduating with a degree, Shiela worked in Bermuda as an accountant to pay for their financial responsibilities and send her younger relatives to school. Her […]

Geline Casil Genova | Huwarang OFW 2017 Family Nominee

Geline Casil Genova | Huwarang OFW 2017 Family Nominee

God will pick up the broken pieces of your life and make you complete in Him. This is what Geline Casil realized after going through various trials in life. Coming from the tribe of Manobo and belonging to a poor family, she experienced hostility and discrimination. Her efforts to attain a better life by studying hard was cut short to […]

Patricia Lazaro | Huwarang OFW 2017 Individual Nominee

Patricia Lazaro | Huwarang OFW 2017 Individual Nominee

To forgive someone who has hurt you may be difficult but God can give you the grace to be able to. This was how God changed Patricia’s heart towards her heartaches after she has come to know Jesus. Patricia Lazaro worked for almost 13 years as a domestic helper in Hong Kong. After retiring, she found out that her husband […]