An OFW gifts money surprise worth Php200k to her sister on her wedding – and everyone’s so amazed to learn how she managed to save that much (and more!) even with her job as domestic helper in Hong Kong.
OFW Gifts Money Surprise to Sister’s Wedding
Joranie “Gigi” Estacio, is a 30-year-old domestic helper in Hong Kong.
She amazed everyone after she surprised her sister, Dioralyn Estacio – Escarpe, with a money cake, money lechon, and money cape with money crown on her wedding day at their hometown in Calatrava, Negros Occidental.
These days, money surprises are common in cakes and as money cape with money crown in weddings, but Gigi added a money lechon. Money was rolled up inside the lechon and the couple had to pull it out from a hidden box.
All the Php500 bills made up to a total of Php200,000 – an impressive gift from one sister to another, huh?
All she wanted was to give back to a sister who’s always been so generous and helpful to her, too.
“Gusto ko pong gumaang naman ang kanyang buhay dahil ang tagal niyang nagsakripisyo para sa aming pamilya. Kaya nga umabot siya sa edad na 35 bago nag-asawa ay dahil inuna niya muna niyang tinulungan ang aming pamilya,” she explained.
Dioralyn is also a domestic helper. Before going home, she spent Php260,000 to buy a truck that their parents can use in their farm.
“Sobrang mahal ko po ang aking ate. Kaya gusto kong suklian ang lahat ng ginawa niya para sa akin,” Gigi added.
“Gusto ko din po ipakita sa mga nang-aapi sa amin noon dahil sa sobrang hirap namin na kaya na naming mabuhay nang mas maayos ngayon.”
But everyone was even more surprised to learn that Gigi is a domestic helper in Hong Kong and the money she used for these surprise gifts were all from her savings. She didn’t take a loan!
In fact, she was able to save Php400,000 while working aboard.
How To Save Money as OFW
How did Gigi save that much money?
Well, their siblings and parents never relied on them for money.
Also, she and Dioralyn never spent money on buying stuff they didn’t need. While they were together as OFWs in Hong Kong, they would go out on their days off but only ate simple foods like instant noodles.
“Sa buhay probinsiya po namin dati ay malaking bagay na yung nakakakain kami ng mga ganito,” she explained.
“Ang pera ninyo ay ipunin muna ninyo para may panggastos kayo kung kailangan.”