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OSAY, MY INAY: My Hardworking Mother's Life in the Philippines and in America by Reynaldo M Nova

OSAY, MY INAY: My Hardworking Mother's Life in the Philippines and in America

by Reynaldo M Nova

42 pages
A Filipina mother’s story about her enduring dedication and love for her family. She acquired the skills and the trade of dressmaking early in her youth. Her challenges in life made her a strong-willed and steadfast woman.

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Category: Biography
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About the Book
Osay, a mother of six, worked very hard and dedicated herself, together with her husband, to give their children the best education for their future.

Her diligence in this objective started very early in her childhood in the Philippines. Trained as a dressmaker and seamstress at aged 8, she helped her parents sustain their family of seven, standing in as the eldest among her siblings. She dutifully pursued this goal from her youth to adulthood in the midst of prosperity and tragedy, of joy and sorrow.

The various unforeseen circumstances in her life will bear on her strong character with every trait that she possesses, her virtues, and her shortcomings.

From her perspective of the world from the 1920s to the beginning of the 2020s, the only thing that matters was the solicitous and enduring love she had for her family. Her story is a testament to this extraordinary motherly love.


“The story painted a lot of color into Osay’s life and showed a lot of very interesting details, and hard work. It also had a lot of different emotions – sometimes it was randomly funny, and sometimes very bleak and a little horrifying. It is difficult to transition in and out of these different voices. The excitement and enthusiasm at times in the author’s narration made it more interesting and enjoyable to read. The energy and passion put into this was infectious.”
- Jonathan Chennova



About the Author
Reynaldo M Nova was a Civil Engineer in the Philippines. He was an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) in Saudi Arabia. He was a student at the Institute of Children’s Literature. Rey is an avid reader and subscriber of History, Science, Humanism, and Cultures and Religions. Besides being a logomaniac, he is also a word games addict. He lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.



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