“Natupad na ang pangarap ko! Ito na ang simula ng bagong buhay ng aking pamilya. Maraming salamat! (My dream has now come true. This will help my family start a new life. Thank you so much!)”
-Delia Balonzo, First Tibay Hero Winner
Republic Cement searched far and wide for a Tibay Hero, someone who possesses strength from within. Out of 1,671 incredible stories from all over the Philippines, the story of Aling Delia Balonzo stood out for her strength and resilience.
Aling Delia is truly an inspiration. Not only is she a mother to thirteen and grandmother to several grandchildren, she also took on the challenging responsibility of taking care of nine other children. Watch her video as she shares her story of determination and courage. She persevered to provide for her big family, juggling multiple jobs to make ends meet and send her children to school.
She tended a sari-sari store and a small canteen, and occasionally served as a manghihilot (folk chiropractor) and laundry woman. She grabbed every opportunity to earn money and support her family. She was always resilient, bouncing back after every challenge she hurdled. Her efforts have not only inspired her children to finish school but also pushed them to lead better lives.
Recognizing her Tibay Mula sa Loob, Republic Cement has partnered with top architecture firm Palafox Architecture to build a new two-storey house for Aling Delia and her family. This house, which has a contemporary tropical design, was built to last using Republic Cement. Space, lighting and ventilation were also carefully considered to suit the needs of Delia’s family.
As an added surprise, comfortable and family-friendly appliances were provided by Real Living, Abenson, Match Furniture and Uratex.
As Aling Delia and her family move in to their new home, a new chapter of their lives begins. And this will start in a house inspired by Aling Delia’s life story… a house fit for a hero; a house that is her legacy to her children and to everyone who has been touched by her story.