In these trying times, everyone searches for ways to put something on their table, like these two incredible women in their senior years who make a living by diving into the deep waters of Boracay just to catch some sea urchins.
A life-threatening job, plus they are both already senior citizens; why do Lola Gloria (74) and Lola Luisa (64) do this despite the danger it holds?
Their answer? It is because they have no choice, since catching sea urchins is the only thing they know on how to make a living, according to the Facebook post of Kapuso Mo Jesica Soho (KMJS).
“Walong taong gulang pa lang kami, sumisisid na kami para manguha ng mga sea urchin o tirik. ‘Yun kasi ang pinambuhay sa amin ng aming mga magulang," Lola Gloria said.
(At the age of 8 years old, we were already diving to catch sea urchins. That's what our parents did to sustain and to support us.)
"Pagtitirik lang din ang alam naming hanapbuhay," she added.
(Fetching sea urchins is the only work that we know.)
Lola Luisa said that being a senior, she can no longer find suitable jobs in Boracay, especially during these pandemic times. So that's why she does what she knows best, diving for sea urchins.
"Delikado ‘yung trabaho namin, pero ganoon talaga. Wala naman kaming magawa,” Lola Gloria expressed.
(Our work is dangerous, but that's the way it is. We can't do anything about it.)
In the Facebook post of KMJS, the two senior citizens also shared that when their catch is not enough, and the pay is negligible, they can only afford to have hot coffee with rice just to ease their hunger.
"Gumagawa talaga ako ng paraan kahit isang baso lang ang makuha ko sa dagat. Para man lang may pambili kami ng bigas," Lola Luisa shared.
(I really find a way to get at least one cup of sea urchins in the sea. So that we can have the money to buy rice.)
Meanwhile, they also said that their children already have families on their own. They don't want to be a burden to them; that's why they'll continue to dive for sea urchins to make a living.
"May kanya-kanya na rin kasing pamilya ‘yung mga anak namin ni Gloria kaya itong pagtitirik ang ipinambubuhay namin sa sarili namin,” Lola Luisa said.
(Gloria's and my children already have their own families, catching sea urchins is the only way for us to have a living.)
(Source: KMJS - Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho)