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Mother’s Day an important occassion for OFWs

May 12, 2019

Survey shows spike in remmitance every year toward second Sunday of May

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis who died in 1904, at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.

Despite objection from the US Congress in 1908, Mother’s Day was observed by all states by 1911 due to Jarvis’ efforts. President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation in 1914, designating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May as a national holiday to honor mothers. The tradition spread to other nations.

Filipino tradition

Technically, Mother’s Day in the Philippines should remain celebrated on the first Monday of December. It has been that way since the 1920s until 1980 when Pres. Ferdinand Marcos signed a proclamation declaring the date as both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

The Filipino mother is touted as ilaw ng tahanan (light of the home), whom children are normally closer to the one who gave birth to them — recognizing the guidance, sacrifices, warmth, generosity and patience of their beloved nanay. IMAGE FROM PINTEREST OF A PAINTING BY ARACELI DANS AS DEPICTION OF OUR LADY IN ‘BARO AT SAYA’ NOW HOUSED AT REGINA RICA IN TANAY, RIZAL OF THE DOMINICAN SISTERS OF REGINA ROSARII.

With the assumption of Cory Aquino to the presidency in 1986, the date was changed to align with the US tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, and the Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June. When Joseph Estrada became President in 1998, he changed the date of Mother’s Day back to first Monday of December. It wasn’t overruled by the succeding leaders until now so legally Mother’s Day in the Philippines should be in December and not in May.

However, with Filipinos inclined to assimilate into American culture and traditions, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated on the second Sunday of May, and Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June.

The Philippine society being maternal, with the mother touted as “ilaw ng tahanan” (light of the home), children are normally closer to the one who gave birth to them — recognizing the guidance, sacrifices, warmth, generosity and patience of their mom. Mother’s Day then becomes a full celebration also for other women in the family — lolas, aunties, ninangs, ates, cousins and other women who are also mothers.

While there are those who opt eating out to celebrate the occasion, most families prefer to stay at home and enjoy dinner most likely with party foods like pancit, spaghetti, pizza, fried chicken or lechon manok — with mom getting gifts of chocolates, kitchen implements, bedroom and bathroom essentials or bouquet of flowers.

OFW survey

In a survey conducted by online international money transfer service WorldRemit both in its Manila and London offices early this month, majority of Filipinos working abroad or OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) send money thru their moms.

Data showed that money transfers during the week leading up to Mother’s Day last year increased by 13 percent. Mother’s Day is a special time for OFWs to show their love and appreciation for their moms.

The survey also revealed:

– 62 percent said they send money to their moms in the Philippines.

– 43 percent said they haven’t seen their moms for at least two years.

– 99 percent who send money to their mothers celebrate Mother’s Day.

– 82 percent send money to their moms on Mother’s Day.

– 78 percent of those who send money to ther mom for Mother’s Day give her mom a call and 52 percent also send her a gift.

Responses were collected from a survey of 2,384 WorldRemit customers aged 18 to 50 years old who have sent money to the Philippines in the last six months from the USA, Australia, Canada, UK and Norway.

Called “mga bagong bayani,” OFWs are a strong force in keeping the country’s economy afloat. Last year, remittances from OFWs totaled $33.8 billion.

Save on fees

For Mother’s Day, WorldRemit is offering new customers zero fees on their first transfer if they use the code MDAYWR when making payment.

WorldRemit app and website make sending money home as easy as sending an instant message. Filipinos living in over 50 countries, including the USA, Canada and Australia, can send money in a few taps directly from their smartphones, without having to travel and pay expensive fees at a money transfer agent,” WorldRemit Managing Director for Asia-Pacific Michael Liu said.

“Mother’s Day is an important time for the 10 million Filipinos living and working abroad to show their moms that they’re thinking of them. Our online money transfer service makes it easier to send money to your mom this Mother’s Day. Customers can make transfers at any time from anywhere with just a few taps on their smartphones. We also deliver notifications to you and your mom when the money has been sent and received to help you stay connected at every stage of the money transfer journey,” he explained.

For recipients in the Philippines, WorldRemit offers a variety of convenient ways to receive money, including mobile money, bank deposit, cash collection at around 15,000 locations across urban and rural areas of the Philippines, and mobile airtime top-up.

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