It is fitting that two inspiring women who do so much for Illawarra’s Philippine’s community took centre stage at World Day of Pray celebrations in Wollongong on Friday.
Christians from throughout the region gathered at Wesley Church on the Mall to acknowledge a day celebrated by 107 countries around the world.
In 2017 the theme “Am I Being Unfair To You” was chosen by the people of the Philippines.
Here in Wollongong Lilia McKinnon and Remi Macina spoke on behalf of the region’s thriving Philippine community.
The celebrations also featured traditional Philippine dances and singing as well as tasty Philippine cuisine.
Many people were struggling to hold back tears when Mrs Macina, Illawarra Filipino & Multicultural Women’s Group president, spoke on Friday.
The 64-year-old told of the struggles and challenges she faced in her homeland as well as when she moved to Australia in 1984.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when she talked of her only son, who passed away last June at the age of 29.
‘’But throughout it all my Faith is there to support me. That’s why I always emphasise the power of prayer,’’ Mrs Macina said.