The tale and struggles of Nanay Delia Balonzo is truly an incredible source of inspiration. A mother to 13 children, and a grandmother to several grandchildren, she also took on the responsibility to care for nine more children. Undaunted by her humble means, she persevered juggling multiple jobs ~ tending to a sari-sari store and a small canteen, serving as occasional manghihilot, as well as laundrywoman, and persevered to provide the needs of her big family, including sending all her children to school.
Nanay Delia’s tibay ng loob has inspired her children to finish school and succeed in life; one of them is now working in Austria and raising her own family. Her selflessness and steely determination in the face of extraordinary challenges left a big impact on the judges of “Republic Tibay Mo, Inspirasyon Ko”, and contributed to her win as the Republic Tibay Hero.
Here are Three Inspirational Lessons To Learn From Nanay Delia
- Do not give up ~ Indeed, Nanay Delia never gave up even with the seemingly hopeless predicament of raising all her 9 children on her own. Instead of focusing on her dilemma, she worked hard and braised herself to support her children and send them to school.
- Life is tough, but so are you ~ Life might be tough for her and her children but Nanay Delia just prodded on, taking on many different jobs to support her family.
- You do not need to be wealthy, you just need a big heart ~ Even when she is struggling to make both ends meet for her many children and grandchildren, it did not stop her from taking care of 9 more children, supporting and raising them as her own. Indeed, you do not really need to be rich to help those who are in need, you just need to have a big heart to love them.
The Search for Republic Tibay Hero
“Republic Tibay Mo, Inspirasyon Ko!” salutes the Tibay Hero in every Filipino and their courage to persevere against all odds for their loved ones, community, and causes they believe in. Delia’s tibay ng loob epitomizes the same tibay in every single bag of REPUBLIC® Cement, the only cement in the Philippines with Tibay Enhancers®, a special technology that makes concrete more compact and more durable from the inside. [Read more…]