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OFW couple ‘near yet far’ from each other under quarantine in cruise ship


 

A Filipino husband and wife who are both crew members of a cruise ship floating along the waters of Manila Bay lamented being "so near yet so far" from each other while they are under quarantine.

According to a 24 Oras report by Howie Severino on Thursday, Jun-jun and Chique are among some 1,000 Filipino crew members who are quarantined in their own cabins.

“Bawal na bawal pong lumabas so ang ginagawa po namin minsan is sa may balkonahe po ay sisilip at tatawag na ‘Uy, silip ka sa may balcony,’” Chique said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ‘yung kaba, ‘yung walang kasiguraduhan kung anong mangyayari. May mga araw po na iniiyak ko na lang po kasi parang napakabigat ng pakiramdam and then iniisip ko na lang lagi na one day at a time na lang,” she added.

Jun-jun likewise said he felt wary about the uncertain future, especially for the cruise industry, which took a huge hit from the coronavirus pandemic.

The couple shared that they regularly talk to each other and their child through video calls.

“Halos every hour, tatawag sa isa’t isa. Bago matulog, paggising, gano’n. ‘Anong ulam mo diyan?’ tapos ‘Anong ginagawa mo diyan?’ gano’n lang,” Jun-jun said.

“And then ‘yung anak namin, magco-conference call kaming tatlo. Tatawag siya dito and then siyempre sasabihin niya nalulungkot siya. ‘Yun ‘yung minsan malungkot na part kasi ‘yung malapit ka pero hindi mo puwedeng i-console kasi siyempre iba pa rin ‘yung mayakap mo, ‘di ba?”

Fortunately, Jun-jun and Chique will soon be reunited with each other and their family once they step on Philippine soil. —Julia Mari Ornedo/LDF, GMA News

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