HE had an outstanding job with a big company back home, probably one of the 10 top multinationals in the Philippines, but how does that compare with a chance to raise a family in New Zealand? Being a typically resourceful Pinoy, he uprooted himself, started from scratch, accepted the first job that was offered him in Kiwiland, and piled up as many hours as he could in two jobs.
That’s my cuz Tom Agustin for you. He is also a loving, dedicated and romantic husband, a strict but understanding father to his kids, and an outstanding friend to all.
He never fails to give me a call on the weekends he’s not at work, asking me about the family and life in general. He always reminds me that you can take the Pinoy out of the Philippines, but you can never take the Philippines out of the Pinoy.
Even if he wasn’t my favourite cousin, he would be one of my favourite people in Wellington. He deserves the best. Happy birthday pinsan Tom, and blessings of love, life and health always!