“The funny thing is, she has known him since they were kids because he’d always tease her […] But the fate had other plans for them “
” I don’t need to work abroad and live in the house of a foreigner, I have a foreigner living in my house! “
Tita Fe as we fondly call her was born in Lambunao, IloIlo in Feb 27, 1968. She was the youngest of twelve children and her parents small scale entrepreneurs in their hometown.
She was able to go to school until 2nd year but had to relocate to Manila when tragedy struck. She lost both parents in 6 months, she was just 13 years old then. She first worked in a restaurant (washing, cleaning, baby sitting) from 6pm to 12pm for 6 years to pay for her high school and college education in Sta. Mesa. She was able to support her studies until her 1st year in the university.
However, she felt the need to go back to her hometown to help her family, so after much thought, she did. In the province, she chanced upon an old frienemy, Tito Boyet in Lambunao and you guessed it, the two fell in love and got married. The funny thing is, she has known him since they were kids because he’d always tease her, steal little things from her and throw small pebbles at her when they were young. But fate had other plans for them.
After awhile, they moved back to Manila to look for work, and lived by the Pasig River for a year then transfered to Tungko, Bulacan where they lived for 8 years. Life was always hard but they would always strive to make things better especially for their children.
Poverty is the Best Teacher
Because of their steadfastness and hard work, they were chosen to be part of the Gawad Kalinga community in Bulacan. They were awarded a home of their own and because their community evolved to what we now know as the GK – Enchanted Farm, employment opportunities knocked on their doorstep. It didn’t take too long before she joined Fabien and the rest of the Plush and Play Team. She is now the production manager, admin/secretariat and team leader of 7 other women in the farm.
As she reflects back on life, she quips – I don’t need to work abroad and live in the house of a foreigner, she has a foreigner living in her house! Fabien, the social entrepreneur for Plush and Play is her self proclaimed adoptee.
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