The moment Ma. Cristina Tabilog of Sto. Niño Nurpa HOAI got hold of her own TCT on October 25 in San Pablo, Laguna, she immediately pointed to the sky and whispered a silent prayer of thanks. “Napatunayan ko po talaga na sapat at mabuti ang Diyos sa buhay ng mga taong nagtitiwala sa kanya,” she said, with emotions effusing from her voice.
It’s normal for mothers to take risks for the betterment of their family. Cristy, as she is fondly called, still remembers the time when they made a gamble in 2006, when her family left their rented apartment in Bicol in search of a better life in Laguna. “Noong lumipat kami dito, walang-wala talaga kami,” she shared. “Ang dala lang talaga namin ay kapirasong damit, isang kaldero, at isang kalan.” But with her and her husband’s hard work and a strong belief in God, their family is now blessed with a small sari-sari store and a buko-pie business, which are their primary source of income that supports their daily needs and pays their bills, including their monthly amortization with SHFC.
According to Cristy, she did not think twice to grab the opportunity to own a piece of land in Barangay Sto. Niño under CMP. Like any doting mother, she always wanted the best for her five children. “Iniisip ko po kasi ‘yung mga anak ko. Wala akong maipapamana sa kanila, kaya kaming mag-asawa nagsikap talaga na magkaroon kami ng sariling bahay,” she said. “Kasi sa lugar na pinanggalingan namin, wala rin kaming sariling bahay.”
Evidently, Cristy’s strong faith in God and perseverance has put the former bakery attendant to achieve what she has right now-a supportive family, a booming business, and her own land title. And this made her lost for words. “Masayang masaya po ako talaga ngayong araw na ito,” said the 43-year-old, who shared that she marked her calendar at home to remind her of this day. “Lahat ng meron ako ngayon ay inaalay ko sa Diyos.”
Cristy was one of the 19 partner-homeowners who received their respective TCT from SHFC in a ceremony led by South Luzon Area Manager Julita Parreño. Sto. Niño Nurpa is composed of 192 members and was mobilized by Tulong at Silungan ng Masa Foundation, Inc.