WATCH: Dubai OFW Disguises as Hospital Staff, Surprises Parents in Emotional Reunion

Living in a foreign country, away from family, inevitably leads to occasional bouts of homesickness. And so it goes without saying that most, if not all, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) look forward to going home for a visit and spending quality time with their loved ones.

ALSO READ: How to Overcome Homesickness as an OFW

Recently, a Dubai-based OFW made his visit extra special by surprising two of the most important people in his life: his parents. Ednicol Macalatan, an IT professional who’s been working in Dubai for five years, shared his surprising — and emotional — visit on YouTube.

Watch Dubai OFW Disguises as Hospital Staff and Surprises Parents in Emotional Reunion
Screengrab from video shared by “Ready Ed Go” on YouTube

Pinoy Based in Dubai Reunites with Parents in the Philippines

The first part of the video shows Ednicol’s departure from Dubai International Airport to his arrival in Manila. His parents have no idea that their son is coming, as they believe he will not be arriving in the Philippines until next year.

From the airport, he heads to Metro Antipolo Hospital, where his father has been undergoing therapy treatment after suffering from a stroke.

Wearing a mask and hair cover, Ednicol disguises himself as part of the hospital staff. At the lunch area, he waits while his family sits around a table, before walking up to them and asking, “Pwede pong makiupo?” (May I sit with you?)

Watch Dubai OFW Disguises as Hospital Staff and Surprises Parents in Emotional Reunion
Screengrab from video shared by “Ready Ed Go” on YouTube

Even before he finishes speaking, Ednicol’s mother stares and recognizes her son. She gives him a warm hug and chides him lovingly for wearing a disguise!

Later, they go to the therapy area, where his father has been undergoing treatment to walk normally. Once again, Ednicol pretends to be part of the staff, helping his father to stand up.

His father then looks at him and recognizes his son. With tears in his eyes, he says, “Bakit andito ka?” (Why are you here?) Ednicol hugs his father, assuring him that he will soon be able to walk again.

Here is the video of their emotional reunion, shared via Ednicol’s channel, Ready Ed Go, on YouTube:

ALSO READ: A Taste of Home – How to Watch Overseas TV in the UAE

Being an OFW is not easy. We have to endure long periods of being away from our loved ones — making the journey home and family reunion extra special, indeed! So if you are thinking about going abroad, read these 10 reasons why you should not become an OFW first, before making your final decision.

We're on YouTube!
Please subscribe to the Dubai OFW YouTube Channel for updates and tips!

Get FREE Dubai Updates by entering your email address:

Don't forget to check your email to activate your subscription!


Dubai Police Capture One of the UK’s Most Wanted Criminals

One of the most wanted fugitives in the United Kingdom has been apprehended by the Dubai Police. The perpetrator had entered the UAE under...

Mommy Eats FREE at Radisson Blu Deira Creek

Radisson Blu Deira Creek announces a great treat for all our mommies this Mother's day. Mommies can enjoy a FREE 5-star lunch or dinner...

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE at American Eagle Outfitters in Dubai Festival City Mall

We dropped by Dubai Festival City Mall today (May 7, 2021) and saw that the American Eagle Outfitters shop has so many items on display...

UAE, Bahrain Establish Quarantine-Free Travel for Eid Celebrations

For vaccinated travellers, a secure travel corridor has been developed between the UAE and Bahrain. This will allow them to fly between the two...

Up to AED 10,000 Fine for Organizing Eid Gatherings in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Police have warned that anyone found organising or attending an Eid gathering in violation of COVID-19 safeguards could face a fine...