An employer in Abu Dhabi, UAE was all praises to an OFWwho worked as a house helper for their family because of her loyalty and dedication to work. And as a way of thanking her for the attention and care they were receiving from her, the employer had thought of “giving back” and granted her with a monetary reward.
The said generosity had been shared on social media and later on had become viral after many netizens found the story heart-warming and inspiring.
According to the employer named Melissa McPike, they still cannot believe of the positive reactions and commendations coming from the Filipinos and expat communities the moment they’ve learned about what they did to their helper, Dina Tenerife Celo. Apparently, McPike and her kids gave more than P400,000 to Celo as their Christmas gift and for the good service, she rendered to them.
McPike claimed that she and her kids Saeed and Saif do not expect to catch the attention of the public as they did it sincerely to help Dina to be able to buy a lot in the Philippines and build a house on it.
“It is a little overwhelming, a little embarrassing. We obviously did not do it for attention.”
“We just wanted to do something nice for Dina…so yeah, it is a little strange.”
Just like his mother, McPike’s son, Saeed also shared the same sentiment.
“I feel good. It’s a little embarrassing doing all these interviews and stuff because we just wanted to do something nice for someone.”
“We were not expecting the media frenzy.”
The female employer described Dina to be very shy, very humble yet very trustworthy and very giving of her time.
Likewise, Saeed claimed Celo played a big role in bringing them up to become better persons, to be always loving, giving and doing things that would make them happy. He added that she also taught him how to cook chicken adobo.
On the other hand, Celo’s son, Ryan was also grateful for all the help and assistance that McPike and her kids were extending to his mother. Ryan said they took care of his mother and make sure she’s always fine.
Apparently, McPike and his sons knew that Ryan was Celo’s son with former employer who raped her when she first worked as a house helper in Saudi Arabia.
Recounting the old days, Celo still remembers how she was treated every time she would go home to their hometown, Bicol.
“Noongumuwiakosa Bicol kung ano-anoangnaririnigko. Minsannapaawayako, perosakabilanglahattinibayanko pa rinangloobko para buhayinanganakko.”
She then gave encouragement to everyone not to lose hope and believe that there’s still a brighter and better future ahead for all of us.
“Kung kayo man ay may kagayakongmapaitnakaranasan, tuloylangangbuhay. Tiwalalang at magpakumbaba. Tuloylangangbuhaydahilhindinamansalahatngorasnamaghihiraptayo. Nandiyan din si God nabibigyan din tayongmagandangbuhay.”
Celo had worked for her employer from 1998 until 2001 and went back in 2014 up to the present.
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