Dina Tenerife, a 45-year-old nanny from Sagñay, Camarines Sur, is a single mother, who married a Filipino back in 2016. But their marriage was cut short and they separated early 2017.
According to KAMI, Celo took a risk and worked in Saudi Arabia in 1994. Unfortunately, she did not find any luck there so she back to the Philippines and applied for another job in UAE.c Luckily, Celo landed a job as a household helper at Melissa McPike’s in Khalifa City in 1998. Celo’s main task was to look after McPike’s two children, Saeed – 6 years old and Saif – 4 years old.
Her two-year contract of Celo with the family ended, she tried other jobs in UAE like being a waitress and a cashier. Nonetheless, Celo remains in touch with Melissa McPike and two children. Just when Celo 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.
“Marami rin akong mga naging ibang trabaho. Kaso dumating ‘yung time na nagkasakit ako. Nagdesisyon na ako noong bumalik sa Pinas. Pero laking pasasalamat ko na kinuha uli nila ako pagkatapos ng 14 taon,” Celo said.
Last October 2017, Celo was rewarded by McPike for her good service with Dh23,000 (P320,000 approx.). She used this money to buy a lot in her hometown in Tigaon, Camarines Sur. 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,” said Celo.
On January 18, Celo is set to fly home with her employer’s son, Saeed, to visit the property and plan the construction.
“Madam Missa, maraming maraming salamat sa lahat ng ibinigay mo sa akin… sa mabuting pakikitungo sa akin. 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,” Celo added.
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