OFW Jimmy Cubilla Finally Finds His Mother

“I couldn’t believe it, I was hearing the familiar voice of my mother, and felt like I was in heaven.”

Yes, OFW Jimmy Cubilla has finally located his mother! And talking to her today, he said that his cry, because of happiness and relief of finding out that his beloved mother is still alive, was cut off by his mother’s incessant talking, in a language he couldn’t understand, so he laughed instead! But while relating this to me earlier, he said that he has been openly crying – tears of joy – because his search in the past month, has finally bore fruit!

“I no longer am alone and at last I have a family I can call my own. And I thank God for answering my prayers!”

A family, it is, because he has a brother and a sister, from his mother’s – Lucy Cubilla – union with her second husband, Edgar Sanogal.

Jimmy requested for this photo of his family and seeing it has brought him happiness beyond measure. . .

Jimmy requested for this photo of his family and seeing it has brought him happiness beyond measure. . .


Jimmy related that in a desperate move to locate his mother, he posted last night, after work, at around 1.30am, to yet another  Facebook group bearing the name of Antique, the province known to be the place of his stepfather. His initial search took him to The Antiquenos Around The World Group and Page.

In less than an hour he read a comment from one member named Leen Ai Sisa asking him if his stepfather is nicknamed “White”? He remembered his father to be white-skinned with yellow hair, so he excitedly responded a YES! And it started a deluge of messages in the thread which led him to finally talking to his brother,  and to his mother.

Jimmy now plans to take care of his family, especially after he found out that his mother is working in a house in one of the neighbors and his stepfather just relying on meager income from odd jobs. He wants to go and see them but he cannot enjoy a leave of absence from work yet because he just switched jobs and he needs to finish his two years contract at least. He plans to go to Antique, specifically in Poblacion 4 of Hamtic,  only in March 2015.

[Hamtic is also my hometown and told Jimmy that because I will be going back to Antique this April, I will be seeing his family ahead of him.]

NOTE: You can read previous stories on Jimmy Cubilla’s search for his missing parents through the following links:




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Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

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