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Nasaan si Balikbayan?: How an OFW family celebrates Christmas

Nasaan si Balikbayan?: How an OFW family celebrates Christmas

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THE YEAR 2011 was the last time Hannah “Hans” Joy Baquiran physically celebrated Christmas with her father. This would be the tenth year they will celebrate the holidays with an unfilled seat by the dining table.  As Hans and her mother Liza Baquiran prepared food and gifts for their relatives, her father Baroy Baquiran would set up his device in time to see his family’s smiles back home.  Liza’s phone would eventually ring, she would answer and would be greeted by her husband’s voice.  From Qatar to the Philippines, a virtual connection allows them to share the joy of celebrating the Holidays. From screen to screen, they would endure the longing that precedes their situation—all in hope for their family in these coming years. Holidays Remembered After Hans’ elementary gradu...