Often times we hear about nannies being abused all over the world. On the other hand, we also often hear about parents complaining about their nannies bad behaviour. It has even become so common that when we hear a fresh story of the same theme, our subconscious mind seems to think that it’s expected. No matter how much of a common thing it is for us to hear about such stories, we can never conclude that it will always stay that way. Still, there are some rare stories that need to be put out there to change the mentality that we have become accustomed to.
One of the most heart-moving true-to-life stories about nannies these days is a story about a Filipina nanny who worked for a family in Singapore. Teresita, a woman from Ilo-ilo, Philippines used to work for a Singaporean family back in the early 1990’s. She spent 8 years working for the family but had to leave for health reasons. The experience that she had with them was priceless for her. She carried their photos and graphic memories of them being together even years from the time she left.
Teresita, called as “Auntie Terry” by the family, spent a vacation with the family during the time she was still working for them. She shared a very memorable time of those days where she visited a wishing well and gave her heartfelt wishes for the family. According to her, she wished that her wards will grow up not forgetting about her and that they would be successful and decent men in the future. For her, it was simply an expression of her love for the family and the kind of relationship she had with them not knowing that it will surely come true.
After a couple of decades, an unexpected blessing came and paved the way to making her wish come to life. During the 2013 Cannes, an Ilo-Ilo film that received an international appreciation and won the Camera d’Or prize brought Teresita or “Auntie Terry” into a great and emotional reunion with her very loved wards. Anthony Chen, who was one of the three boys in the family that she used to work for as a domestic helper, featured it as his debut film. With the cooperation of Cebu-based public relations agency Selrahco PR, a bridge was created for Teresita to meet with Anthony Chen and his youngest brother Christopher. It was a challenge to find Teresita at first because of the fact that they only knew her first and last name but with the great support of these people given to her, she was easily found. Chen and his youngest brother flew all the way to Ilo-ilo to reunite with Teresita after 16 years of not seeing each other. It was an emotional reunion that moved the heart of not only them who were involved but of every person who have watched the movie and witnessed this one-of-a-kind bond that existed between them.
Ilo-ilo, the title of the film, is now shown in Singaporean cinemas as it was scheduled on the later part of this month. Teresita will also be attending the premier screening with the boys thanks to the help of a popular low-cost airline in the Philippines known as Cebu Pacific. This will be the first time for the Filipino nanny to travel overseas again after 16 years since she departed from Singapore. Truly her wonderful and heart-moving story has shown the kind of selflessness and genuine love that Filipinos have for others. Filipinos are known to value relationships highly and Auntie Terry is just one of the many examples who show that to the rest of the world.
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