By ROCKY NGALOB
LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET — Book entitled ‘Between Two Worlds’ stories of struggle and symmetry of Filipinos abroad authored by Ireneo W. Marcelo an alumna of Mountain Collegian student’s publication of Benguet State University was launched last August 16 at the BSU Strawberry hall.
Author Ireneo W. Marcelo a native of Kapangan, Benguet, a graduate of BSU with a degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English first taught here in the Philippines then was later given the opportunity to teach in Saudi Arabia as an English instructor at the Arm Forces Hospital.
According to him, it was there that he witnessed and also experienced the hardships of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). With that, he decided to document through writing selected stories of OFWs abroad for fellow Filipinos in the Philippines to know.
“I visioned myself 15 years ago as a mere teacher not an OFW, in fact I discouraged my students back then not to work abroad but an opportunity opened for me to go to Saudi so I went and grabbed that opportunity. It was then, I found my calling to write the stories of our OFWs” said Marcelo.
According to him, life abroad is like a huge vast body of water in which OFWs are leaves. Those with long stretch of perseverance and patience float while those who go against the current sinks.
In the book, according to Marcelo, readers will get a glimpse of what most OFWs are experiencing abroad. Through the wonders of technology according to Marcelo, stories in the book were gathered from different countries like Australia, Hongkong, Japan, US and more. Furthermore, the book could also serve as a guide for the ‘dos and don’ts’ of the host country.
“During my stay abroad I learned a few acronyms that are commonly being used by our OFWs. For instance, the acronym ATM to them it means ‘After Three Months Pay’ and OFW translates as ‘Overworked Filipino Worker’ said Marcelo.
The launching was originally scheduled for last year but due to an unfortunate accident that affted the family of Marcelo it was moved for a later date. “I dedicate this book to my daughter Irish Sheinaz Marcelo” said by a very emotional Marcelo towards the end of speech during the book launching.
‘Between Two Worlds’ stories of struggle and symmetry of Filipinos abroad was edited by Riaflor B. Rebolledo, layout design by Orsalyn U. Goyo and its publisher, Researchmate Inc. The book launching was attended by the BSU academe, BSU students and relatives of Marcelo from Kapangan and Kibungan. On its first day, 78 books were sold. # nordis.net