It’s unfair for many Pinay women to be branded as ‘gold diggers’ once they associate themselves with foreigners, but it’s the sad reality that they still face until today. What others fail to realize is that there’s always more to what they see – just like Regina Hoover and her husband’s incredible love story.
Don’t get us wrong, it isn’t a fairy tale-like story, but rather, one that is tough and imperfect. What makes it incredible is the genuine love they have for each other that stands strong even in the midst of personal struggles and scrutiny.
In a Facebook post that Regina wrote on Facebook, she and her husband met in an online dating site. They instantly hit it off as friends first, and from there blossomed a special relationship. Their only communication was only through touchscreens, but the two made it work. One day, her then-beau finally proposed to her through a letter.
Even though at the time, they have not yet met personally, Regina said yes.
Nine months after their engagement, the foreigner flew to the Philippines to meet and marry Regina. They initially had to call off the wedding when the latter’s father passed away but was able to push through with the ceremony sometime later.
This was when things got tough for the couple. While she endured snide remarks from other people, the truth was, the Pinay was actually making ends meet for the both of them. Apparently, the husband left his life abroad and started anew with his wife here in the Philippines. It was difficult for him to secure a job, but later on become a Retail Floor Manager for a Hardware store out of sheer will and determination.
As wife and husband, of course the couple wanted to make their own family. For the first four years of their relationship, Regina wasn’t able to conceive as she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). But they were determined. After a month, she finally became pregnant with their first child.
However, this is where things took a turn for the worse. Their child was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As parents, they were naturally worried. But they wouldn’t let it get on the way with their love for their son.
After a year, Regina and her husband welcomed their second son. At this point, she’s a housewife and full-time mom to her kids, while her partner works to provide for their family.
“Hindi sya aalis ng bansa na hindi kami kasama. Nagpapasalamat kami sa Panginoon dahil sa lahat ng nangyari sa buhay namin, naroon Sya para kami ay protektahan at gabayan. Para sa amin, simpleng pamumuhay lamang kasama ng pamilya ay sapat na. Makitang malusog at maging mabubuting tao ang aming mga anak kay kayamanan na. Nag celebrate kami ng aming 9th years of marriage last January at pinapanalangin namin na mag cecelebrate pa kami ng marami pang taon.”
How inspiring! Truly, love trumps everything!
Can you believe this incredible story of Regina Hoover and her foreign husband? What can you say about the relationship between this Pinay and her devoted husband? Feel free to share in the comments section below!