December 22, 2022 | 4:45 pm
How have we managed to withstand the challenges and uncertainties during the COVID-19 crisis? Even though we were physically apart from our loved ones, friends, and colleagues, we definitely were not alone in coping with the situation. Throughout life’s countless adversities, they’ll always be there for us to lean on and gather strength from.
As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, we recognize those who have lent a hand and made our burdens lighter. As such, Cocolife celebrates solidarity and kinship in this year’s holiday season; appreciating those who became the “sandalan” of their families. They are the highlight of Cocolife’s Christmas music video for 2022 entitled “Sumandali Ka Lang.”
The video honors Lanie Calapiz and Roselo Baynosa, serving as utility workers for Cocogen and Cocolife, respectively.
Cocolife employees expressed their gratitude to Mr. Baynosa for his dependability, someone that they have been able to lean on during the pandemic. He did his job diligently day in and day out, and never failed to treat his fellow coworkers with care and respect.
“Maliit na bagay man o malaking bagay, lagi kang nandyan para i-assist kami,” one of the employees added.
They also expressed their appreciation to Ms. Calapiz for her patience and for the lessons they have acquired from her. “Thank you sa pagiging pasensyosa. Kasi alam mo naman, alam kong mahirap,” an employee told her. “Pero kaya mo, para sa pamilya.”
They have not only been providing support to the people at Cocolife and Cocogen, but also to their loved ones’, which drive them to work every single day.
Ms. Calapiz is a single mother with three children who are all studying. “Ako lang po mag-isa nagtataguyod sa kanila,” she shared.
Meanwhile, Mr. Baynosa is a father to three children. “Ang pinakanakakapagod ko pong parte is kung naiisip ko po na ako’y malayo sa pamilya ko eh,” he expressed. “Yung asawa ko may sakit, bilang may diabetes, tapos marami na siyang sakit na komplikado, so hindi na siya masyado makapagtrabaho, makatulong sa akin.”
Their families also expressed their gratitude for their efforts and love for them.
“Salamat sa pag-alaga, paggabay, at pagpapasaya mo samin,” Mr. Baynosa’s daughter tells him in a video message. “Sana maging okay na ang lahat para makauwi ka na din dito tapos magsama-sama na tayong pamilya.”
Ms. Calapiz was also surprised by her children and her mother. “Gusto ko magpasalamat sa mga ginagawa at binibigay mo samin,” one of her children expressed.
Through the video, Cocolife also reminded everyone that we are each other’s “sandalan” not only this Christmas but for all seasons.
Read the full feature on BusinessWorld here.