To all the Filipino fathers in the world who have taken the road to Diaspora and braved the biting wind of loneliness, our Government has exulted you as "Modern Day Heroes", while your children have looked upon you as "Men of Steel" and traditionally you are commonly referred to as "haligi ng tahanan (house foundation)".
However, behind those machismo beliefs - the large chest, bulky muscles strong and calloused hands; these "manly" body structure cannot contain the tears running down from the men's eyes cascading to their cheeks and the muffled cry that they tried to contain during the still of the night where the faceless "homesickness" strikes unexpectedly. When everybody sleeps, or alone in the cold room, the men in shining armour shed tears too as they realized how many special events and occasions they have missed, their kids baptism, first walks, annual birthdays, first communion and graduations... enough to bring the "Man of Steel" sobbing in tears as the emotional anguish of men is unmeasurable as they hide those tears of sadness from their family and with cracking voice - they talk to them on the telephone, or thru internet or snail mail, they always tell their wife and children - with firm voice and with assurance that "I AM OKAY", even though you they're not.
Driven by their determination to fight poverty by trading loneliness for econimc gain in the hope of bringing brighter future to their family, their sacrifices as OFW Dads are priceless, they are not just heroes, but super heroes - you are Super Dads who plays bigger role in nation building and have been an inspiration to your proud family back home. And most of you have made our country known in evey part of this world, you are an ambassador in your own right and an evangelist too as you bring your religious faith in the foreign lands.
TO ALL THE OFW FATHERS, DADS, AMA, ITAY and TATAY and LOLO... HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, I look forward in the coming days when you reunite with your children and wife.
MALIGAYANG ARAW SA LAHAT NG MGA AMANG OFW, BAYANI KA!