Story and photo contributed by US-based journalist Ronnie Estrada
Francis Don Veridiano, a successful businessman and aspiring philanthropist, has shed light on the pivotal role of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in supporting and empowering their struggling hometowns in the Philippines.
Speaking as an esteemed guest at the Santo Niño Reunion held in Las Vegas, Nevada last May 20, Veridiano delivered a compelling speech that focused on his own journey and dedication to giving back to his hometown of Santo Niño in Cagayan province.
The event itself was a celebration of the town nestled in the scenic Cagayan Valley region and brought together a vibrant community of Filipinos based in the US.
Veridiano, who hails from Santo Niño, emphasized three key avenues through which OFWs can make a lasting impact on their hometowns.
Firstly, he stressed the importance of financial assistance as a catalyst for positive change, encouraging support for local businesses, initiatives, and education scholarships.
Secondly, he highlighted the significance of knowledge sharing and skill development, urging fellow OFWs to provide mentorship programs and educational opportunities.
Lastly, he emphasized the power of connection and community, inspiring collaboration and collective action among OFWs to address the needs of struggling townspeople.
Veridiano concluded his speech with a resounding call to his fellow Filipinos abroad to be ambassadors of hope by sharing their OFW success stories to encourage others to pursue their dreams wherever it takes them.
The speech received resounding applause, leaving his audience of “kababayans” inspired and motivated to take action.
Most of the attendees represented Santo Niño and the surrounding areas of Cagayan Valley to foster unity and camaraderie.
Veridiano noted that the Santo Niño Reunion in Las Vegas showcased the enduring bonds that connect Filipinos and “served as a powerful reminder of the commitment of Santo Niño’s sons and daughters to uplift their hometown and contribute to its growth and prosperity.”