-Pinay nanny's dream of having her own house and lot finally came true
- Her UAE employer surprised her with the money to purchase the lot
- She bought the property in Tigaon, Camarines Sur
This is the touching story of Dina Tenerife Celo, a 45-year-old domestic helper from Sagñay, Camarines Sur.
KAMI learned from The Filipino Times about Celo's story on her hardships abroad and her luck in finding a generous employer.
Celo is a single mother, who married a Filipino back in 2016.
But their marriage was cut short and they separated early 2017.
Her story started way back in 1994 when Celo took a risk and worked in Saudi Arabia.
However, due to undisclosed reason, Celo did not find her luck there.
After this, Celo went back to the Philippines and applied for another job in UAE.
With the help of a local agency, she was able to land a job as a household helper at Melissa McPike’s in Khalifa City in 1998.
Celo together with Melissa McPike.
Her main task was to look after McPike's two children, Saeed - 6 years old and Saif - 4 years old.
Saeed and Saif when they were younger.
New opportunities came to Celo, so after her two-year contract with McPike, she tried other jobs in UAE.
"May mga kumatok kasing oportunidad noon. Naging waitress ako, naging cashier din," she explained.
Unlike other OFWs who lost communication with their previous employers, Celo remains in touch with Melissa McPike and two children.
"Marami rin akong mga naging ibang trabaho. Kaso dumating ‘yung time na nagkasakit ako."
Just when she thought she is ready to settle for good in the Philippines, McPike asked for her services again and took her back in after 14 years.
“Nagdesisyon na ako noong bumalik sa Pinas. Pero laking pasasalamat ko na kinuha uli nila ako pagkatapos ng 14 taon,” Celo said.
Her employer Melissa McPike rewarded her good service with Dh23,000 (P320,000 approx.) last October 2017.
Celo used this money to purchase a lot in Tigaon, Camarines Sur under her only child’s name, Ryan, 21 years old.
McPike also promised Celo that she will be the one to finance the construction of her dream home in the Philippines.
"Mangiyak-ngiyak ako sa sobrang tuwa… ‘Di ko yun inaasahan. Randomly, inabot nalang ni Ma’am Missa ‘yung pera sa akin. Sabi n’ya alam daw nilang wala akong naipon man lang dahil tumutulong din ako sa pamilya ko.”
“Sabi ni ma’am, pati ng mga alaga ko, hayaan ko daw namang sila naman ang magparamdam sa akin ng pagmamahal na ibinigay ko sa kanila.”
Celo is scheduled to fly home on January 18 together with McPike's son, Saeed, so that they can check out the property and plan the construction of her dream house.
“Madam Missa, maraming maraming salamat sa lahat ng ibinigay mo sa akin… sa mabuting pakikitungo sa akin.
Saif with his mother, Melissa.
“Kay Saeed na ngayon ay piloto na at kay Saif, maraming salamat sa pagiging mabuting mga alaga. Hindi ko makakalimutan itong niregalo niyo sa akin,” she said.
Saeed and Saif
Graduation Photo of Saeed
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