By Rizal Obanil
In times of crisis, we Filipinos are known for smiling or even laughing at a situation that could cause loss of life and limb. It’s our sense of humor in the most unforeseen circumstances that sets us apart from other Asians.
An official of the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli is very well aware of this unique Filipino trait and is in fact banking on it to help encourage more of our countrymen to avail of the government’s repatriation efforts.
Well that, and the huge popularity of the Daniela meme, that is currently giving netizens and those who take time to make them, the joy of laughing your hearts out, no matter what else is happening in your life right now.
Ambassador Elmer Cato shared a Facebook post of a meme of Daniela, the famous character from ABS-CBN’s Kadenang Ginto, played by Dimples Romana, wearing that now “iconic” red gown with the repatriation efforts in Libya as her backdrop.
The meme even had a thought bubble with Daniela saying: “Wait lang! Sama ako sa Repat. Pwede ba business class?”
In his post Cato wrote: “We were all set to go to the airport when she suddenly showed up for repatriation this morning. Of course we had to take her in the same way we would any Filipino who would come to us for assistance.
Like the others we repatriated, we gave her a free economy class ticket home plus some pocket money and someone to welcome her and assist her upon arrival.”
This part answers Daniela’s question on whether she would get special treatment or not.
Cato further said in his post that since the conflict in Tripoli started three months ago they have been working with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to reunite our OFWs with their families.
Hopefully, with the help of Daniela, more of our countrymen who are still choosing to stay, despite the situation, will be convinced to return home.