- Lifestyle brand Bench produced an OFW children cover of the iconic song "Anak"
- Kapuso actors Rocco Nacino and Max Collins sing with other children of overseas Filipino parents
- Rocco and Max's parents both work abroad
Celebrities Rocco Nacino and Max Collins joined children of overseas Filipino workers in a heartwarming tribute to their hardworking parents all over the world.
Produced by Bench for the #LoveLocal campaign, 14 participants from 10 countries across four continents performed the hit song "Anak" to honor the sacrifices of Filipinos working abroad.
Participants have parents working in Qatar, Malaysia, Ireland, Switzerland, Japan, USA, South Korea, Singapore, Finland, and Italy.
They sang in different languages making the tribute more touching.
Rocco's father worked as an engineer in Singapore, where the actor was raised and studied primary school. Rocco went back to the Philippines when he was in high school.
In an interview with GMA News Online, Rocco shared how hard it was growing up away from his father.
"As a kid, siyempre hindi ko pa naiintindihan lahat. Bakit kailangan mong umalis dito? It was hard having a father who goes back and forth out of the country," said Rocco.
But he said he always appreciated the hard work his parents did to raise him.
"It's bringing back a lot of emotions. I feel very appreciative of (my parents), being there for me. My dad would be the breadwinner, but he would always find time to play with me," said Rocco as quoted by GMA News Online.
Bench posted a video of Rocco's message for his OFW parents.
Meanwhile, Max was raised by a single mom working as a store manager in Los Angeles in America. She never met her father.
Max recalled that most of her memories while living in the States were that of her mother tirelessly working for the two of them.
"My memories of us in the States were all of her working... I will never forget the times I tried to stop her from going to work," said Max to GMA News Online.
The Kapuso actress added how proud of her mom she is.
"My mom is amazing. Siya 'yung tumayong nanay at tatay ko. I'm thankful that she's given me the strength that I never would have had if it didn't come from her," said Max in a video by Bench.
The lifestyle brand also posted a behind the scenes video featuring the stories of the other participants in the music video.
December is OFW month.
The song "Anak", originally written in Tagalog, has been translated in 30 different languages and has been released in at least 56 countries. It was first released in 1977 as a finalist for the first Metropop Song Festival in Manila.