Another reproduction of a story under the Penpoint of ‘Pinoy News’ of Kuwait Times, originally published March 12,1995. The special Sunday supplement used to occupy the center pages of KT. The story is about a Filipina’s faith in an unknown person’s goodness of heart. It may be a 20-year-old story but it still sure can inspire.
Pinoy News Here To Serve
OVER a month after Pinoy News first came off the press, a letter (addressed to Pinoy News) was received from a Filipina seeking for help. As per her request, an enclosed letter was personally handed over to Assistant Labour Attache and Welfare Officer Ofelia Castro at the Labour Office stationed at the Philippine Embassy. (After giving the note, I remember I had doubts then if Ms. Castro would have the chance to attend to the complaint at all, being a regular witness to the daily heavy load being faced by the Labour Office). For a while, I, myself, forgot all about the note.
Recently, another letter was received from the same Filipina. Reading through the note, I found out that the help was actually extended to her by the Labour Office, personally attended to and followed-up by the hard-working lady officer. At the time I handed over another enclosed letter to the said officer, I learned that she has been trying to contact the Filipina, whom, as claimed, is suffering from a throat affliction (suspected throat cancer?) and has asked the Philippine Embassy to work for her repatriation.
The Filipina’s second letter, addressed again to Pinoy News, has actually brought light to her whereabouts at this very moment, of which Ms. Castro has been trying to locate in the last couple of months. As there is no other way of contacting her, her employers having cut off all kinds of communication between them and the embassy, Ms. Castro, has requested, through this column, to inform the concerned helpless woman.
It is interesting to note that, indirectly, Pinoy News is serving or helping some of its readers. It has been mentioned, time and again, in the last issues of Penpoint, how some of the readers have brought their problems and concerns through telephone calls. Had this Filipina had some access to the phone, she could have called and presented her problem the same way as others did.
A very strong faith (not knowing whether she will be heard or not) is manifested here of which Pinoy News would not hesitate to acknowledge!
Here’s a message for you, brave Filipina – your ticket has already been provided by the Labour Office and you can inform your employers, having given already their willingness to send you back to the Philippines (that is, according to them, if you can provide your own ticket), to contact Ms. Castro at the Philippine Embassy so your repatriation could be worked out in the earliest possible time. As to your request for the postal address of the Philippine Embassy, here it is – P.O. Box 26288, Safat 13123, Kuwait. Ms. Castro said that she will inform your cousin, as you requested, about your situation. (Thanks by the way for the stamp you enclosed, although you should have not bothered at all).
We, at the Kuwait Times, sincerely hope for the fulfillment of your greatest wish to go home to the Philippines.
— Freda E. Contreras-Naig