UNTOLD stories of success and struggles of overseas Filipino workers will take center stage in the new GMA Public Affairs program "Tadhana".
Hosted by Marian Rivera, the weekend drama anthology will feature the colorful, romantic, heroic, inspiring and sometimes lonesome stories of OFWs.
It will give faces to heroes who left the country to provide a better life for their families.
"Ang sarap ibahagi yung kwento ng mga kababayan natin na nagsasakripisyo para sa pamilya nila. Na hindi biro ang mag trabaho sa ibang bansa. Na sila talaga ang tunay na bayani dahil sa isinakripisyo nila," said Rivera during the press conference of the program.
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The actress admitted that hosting this kind of show is new to her but said the theme is very close to her heart.
A daughter of a former OFW, the actress said she had firsthand experience of being left in the Philippines while her parent worked abroad to earn a living. It was her maternal grandmother who looked after while her mother was away.
"Hindi ako sanay sa ganitong tema pero sinubukan ko. Malapit sa akin ang kwentong ito dahil ang nanay ko ay nasa ibang bansa din para mag trabaho para sa akin. Talagang nakaka-relate ako."
She said in situations like this, it is difficult for both families left in the Philippines and the ones who are seeking greener pastures.
"Lalong lumaki yung respeto ko sa mga kababayan natin na nagsasakripisyo para sa mga pamilya nila. Ang daming nangyayari na minsan may mga nae-experience sila na hindi magaganda and meron din naman na may successful sa buhay. Pero lumalaban parin sila."
"Tadhana," the return show of Rivera on GMA-7, will air every Saturday after "Ika-6 Na Utos" on the Kapuso channel. (SunStar Philippines)