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The Brual Family: Cordillera's Model OFW Family of the Year

Discover the Brual Family's journey as Cordillera's OFW Family of the Year, embodying success, resilience, and community leadership.

Explore the Brual Family's journey from Santa Marcela, Apayao, honored as Cordillera's OFW Family of the Year, symbolizing success, resilience, and community leadership.

The Brual family from Barangay Sipa in Santa Marcela, Apayao, has emerged as a beacon of inspiration by clinching the prestigious Model OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) in the Cordillera region. This accolade, presented by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), recognizes their outstanding achievements in the Land Based Category. The regional award ceremony, held on December 14, 2023, in Baguio City, celebrated the Bruals' unwavering commitment to family, community, and financial prudence.

A Tale of Sacrifice and Economic Triumph

Mrs. Nancy Brual's narrative unfolds as a testament to the sacrifices made by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Since embarking on her journey as a household overseas worker in 1991, Mrs. Brual's resilience has been instrumental in steering the family towards economic success. The MOFYA award, bestowed upon the Brual family, underscores their ability to navigate the challenges of family separation while achieving financial stability.

Strong Family Bonds and Financial Wisdom

The essence of the MOFYA award lies in recognizing the strength of OFW family relations and exceptional financial management. Mrs. Nancy Brual emphasizes the pivotal role of consistent communication in fostering trust and maintaining a healthy emotional home environment. This insight into the importance of family bonds reflects the Bruals' holistic approach to their overseas experience.

Mr. Teodolfo Brual, the President of the OFW Association in Santa Marcela, echoes the significance of proper financial management. The family's judicious spending and financial conservation have not only secured their economic well-being but also contributed to their overall success.

Community Engagement and Support System

Beyond their individual accomplishments, the Brual family actively engages with the community. Mr. Teodolfo Brual's leadership as the OFW Association President showcases their commitment to civic and community involvement. The support derived from their two children, Lourdina Brual and Mark Kirby Brual, exemplifies the crucial role family plays in the success and resilience of OFWs.

National Recognition and Future Prospects

As the sole nominee from the province of Apayao and one of seven contenders in the Cordillera region, the Brual family is poised to represent their region on the national stage. The upcoming national MOFYA competition in January 2024 will provide a platform to showcase their achievements and inspire others on a broader scale.


In conclusion, the Brual family's journey encapsulates the spirit of resilience, familial unity, and financial prudence that defines successful overseas work. Their story serves as an inspiration, not only for the Cordillera region but for OFWs nationwide.

The MOFYA award recognizes not just individual achievements but the holistic approach the Bruals have taken towards maintaining strong family bonds, active community involvement, and wise financial management.

As they move forward to compete nationally, their narrative becomes a beacon of hope for others navigating the challenges of overseas work.

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