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VOF Week 2 ( Hope and Struggle)

Coming from a poor family, my life is colored with difficulties and celebrations of life. My father was a stevedoring worker and my mother was engaged in a small rolling store where earning a living is made of sweat and blood. I grew up helping my mother starting at the wee hour of the morning till nights selling food stuffs among ship’s passengers and workers in the port. With my frail body, I had to carry two heavy baskets in my left and right arms selling stuffs such as eggs, bread, soft drinks and cigarettes.

I felt no hardship but all fun especially when my food stuffs were all sold and I have to turnover my money to my mom. This only means that I will have money for school the next day. I spend my primary education in public school where I walked one kilometer everyday from home to school in barefoot. After my graduation in high school, I was fifteen years old then, I worked as a banana worker and I was one of the thousands of exploited workers of the multi-national corporations in the developing countries like the Philippines. It was hard labor and I learned the meaning of labor, exploitation and survival.

This led me more to pursue my college studies and dream of a better life for my family. I spent my college years away from my family at the age of nineteen years old and I became a single mom at the age of twenty. It was such a dilemma of choices for me at a young age either to get married and not able to graduate college or to have a kid out of wedlock, despise by the community yet finish my college studies and help my family have a better life. It was the latter that I’ve choose. It was then I realized how my parents love me so much and such love made me to struggle for more to finish my studies.

I finished my college studies with honors, a pride of our university. It was such a great achievement for me and made my family and friends so proud of me. However, I carried with me the fear of humiliation whenever I am confronted with a situation about my personal life. Until I married the guy who love me so much and made me so happy yet lasted only for four months.

My husband was a trade union worker activist was abducted by secret military forces and remains missing until now. It was so devastating for almost two years of uncertainty and despair. It was the darkest years of my life I supposed but it was the memories of him that keeps me alive. It was the memory of him and all the martyrs of the struggling people that give hope and light to my journey towards freedom and find my way in the Voices of Our Future,

Comments

meg.peterson's picture

Incredible story

Hi malayapinas

Thank you for sharing your story, it is amazing. Although you said in your first journal entry that you aren't a writer , I must say that your voice comes through clearly and your story is very vivid. I could picture everything, especially you as a child selling food. What an incredible journey you have made! Your story is empowering and your commitment to social justive is inspiring. You have a drive and detemination that few have. I look forward to reading more of your entries.

Cheers,
Megan

malayapinas's picture

thanks

Hi Megan! I really wished I could have quickly told you how elated I was with your very inspiring words. I just have my surgery in my uterus done and i have to stay at the hospital for days and have rest for days (I don't know what's the exact medical term - I don't want to research about it anymore since it will delay further my response to you and all the women out there). I just want to say thank you while my heart wants to say more about my feelings ! I don't know how to write this in words- because my heart is so full of happiness!

best regards,
malayapinas

LauraB's picture

Hope and Light

Malayapinas,

You give hope and light to your journey towards freedom with VOF as part of that journey. As you tell your story for yourself and for others, your voice and confidence are growing. PulseWire has that imapct on us. I get to hear your story and listen. Thank you for being so brave to share it!

I can tell that the VOF is a great experience for you and here you will find healing for the loss of your husband.
Would you take some time to comment on other applicant journals strengthening your leadership qualities? Something happens when we listen, process, feel, and interact with the other women here. It would be great to make that a part of your Week 3 and Week 4 VOF process.

I am so impressed by your determination and your honesty.

Warm wishes,

Laura

malayapinas's picture

Hi Laura! My short journey

Hi Laura! My short journey with the VOF is surely very redeeming! Thank you so much for sparing time with me reading my journal and the words of wisdom to further my leadership qualities. I really loved reading the posts of all women of PulseWire and my desire to give my share of words of inspiration and hope to our sisters on- line. Its very powerful reading the journal and it really took me sometime to internalized my apprecaition to all the input I've came across. I'm so overwhelmed . However, I had undergone surgery in my uterus due to some abnormalities - I was so sad that it took me almost a week to open my internet again. I'm excited to log in again! I'm also happy that I'm back again on line .

best regards,

malaya pinas

meg.peterson's picture

Hi malaya pinas

I wish you a speedy recovery! I am glad that my words could bring you joy in a time of need. I feel blessed to be able to share these exchanges with you and other women around the globe.

Take care,
Megan

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