Simple wishes

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

MOST children are wishing for gifts this season, but there are those who only wish they’d have one whole family to celebrate with.

For brothers Ardyboy, 14, and Eugene Tambalangon, 12, holding on to this simple wish is what keeps their hopes alive as they look forward to Christmas every year, even if they know the celebration will never be the same after their father passed away.

"Ang wish nako mabuo ‘mi tanan sa among pamilya kay bulag-bulag me tungod sa kalisud (My only wish is for the family to be together. We’ve been separated from each other because of life's hardships)," Ardyboy said.

Ardyboy said his older siblings have to eke out a living away from home. His sister works in Manila while his older brother is in Albay.

"Ganahan man gud ko kung kumpleto ang pamilya. Kung naay magbulag isa mingawon ka (I like how it feels when your family is complete. If someone's far away, you'd miss him)," he said.

Ardyboy and Eugene are also compelled to be on streets to look for empty plastic bottles they can sell so that they can have food on Christmas Eve.

"Mangolekta na lang ‘mi og basura para makakwarta (We'll collect garbage to earn money)," he said.

He and his family reside in Barangay 21-C Poblacion where they celebrate Christmas yearly at a nearby plaza.

"Unta dili na mausab kung kumpleto na (I wish that once we are get together, we will never be separated again)," he said.

He said his family sometimes offers a helping hand for just about anyone who needs their help in preparing for the celebration in exchange of food.

"Sa Christmas, makakaon lang mi og pancit og bihon tama na (For Christmas, pancit and bihon are enough)," he said.

Ardyboy, a grade 3 pupil at Sta. Ana Elementary School, knows too well that the chances of finishing school are slim, especially with the situation his family is in. Nonetheless, he looks at life with enthusiasm, dreaming to be a policeman later on to help his family and to be of service for the people.

"Dapat naa nako sa first year high school karon pero niundang ko tungod walay kwarta (I'm supposed to be in first year high school but I stopped because we don't have money)," he said.

His younger brother, Eugene, also stopped attending to school. It's the two of them who assist their mother who works for a school canteen while their two younger siblings stay at home.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 23, 2013.


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