Defying culture and religion for true love’s sake is a sweet treasure for a girl she could ever find.
A Filipina OFW came from South Cotabato Mindanao,
find her treasure in Oman.
She married an Arab Omani fellow. Who, against all odds endures everything and
crossed all boundaries just to get her legally in his arms.
From my casual opportunity of having talked to this fellow, just when he came to the clinic for common cold treatment, I am extremely astonished hearing him as he spoke Tagalog fluently. Well, perhaps not a common encounter as most Arab men tried to blow their Filipina friends admiration and attention by speaking Tagalog.
I’ve met Hakeem, a simple and vibrant gentleman who worked as a hand in one of the Rigs I was stationed in. From the middle of our good conversation, he just told me he is married to a Filipina for more than 6 years. He is proud and happily married as they are blessed with 2 kinds (a boy and a girl) and one to go.
He had waited 5 years from the
government to finally get the approval of marrying his true love. From the Arab
culture it is not in context of norm marrying woman not of same culture and
most especially of different religion.
He had stayed few years in the
He left his job and his family, no support received from anybody, but by his love
he faced all sacrifices and defies all that stood in between them. He had
constructed a four bedroom house and opened a sari-sari store for their livelihood.
They had survived a frugal way of living but life in the remote islands of the Philippines is
hard. They decided to come back here in Oman and venture a new life of
living together in spite of the odds of getting penalized.
To this date, they are happily and legally married here in
a happy family with 2 kids and one coming. They now savor the social acceptance
in the Arab community. The kids go to
school regularly and his wife does the usual household chores. They attended
regular meetings and a usual family gets together party. The lady is already well accepted by Hakeem’s
parents and the most loved daughter in-law. Both of his wife and kids now have
Omani passports. Muscat, Oman
They have no plans to settle in the
yet. For the time being, his wife wants
their kids to embrace the Arab culture as normally as their father does.
This is an extra ordinary story for a Filipina OFW who had found true love to an Arab gentleman.