Amid heartbreaking stories of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) being abused by their employers in the Middle East, here’s a video that tells the opposite.
It showed a Qatari teenager expressing his gratitude to his Filipina nanny – in Filipino language.
The video came from the Qatar Living and was uploaded on several Facebook pages including the Doha Insider. It has since gone viral on social media, earning praises from Filipino netizens from all over the Middle East.
In the short clip, the young Qatari man said he has always considered his Pinay nanny – Yaya Zubaidah – as the 7th member of their family.
Yaya Zubaidah, he narrated, had been living with them for more than two decades. The Filipina first worked for his paternal grandmother before his father took her in after the old woman died.
“Mahigit 20 taon nang isang mahalagang bahagi ng pamilya namin si Yaya Zubaidah simula pa noong ipinanganak ako. At hindi ko lubos maisip kung anong uri ng pagpapalaki ang mangyayari sa akin kung wala siya sa buhay ko,” the young man said.
[For more than 20 years since I was born, Yaya Zubaidah became a quintessential part of my entire family’s life. And I cannot imagine what my upbringing would be without her in my life.]
He added it was because of Yaya Zubaidah why he always hold a soft spot for the Filipinos.
“Bilang isang Qatari, taos-puso akong nagpapasalamat sa Filipino community dito sa Qatar para sa inyong ‘di katanggi-tangging contribution sa paglago at pag-unlad ng aking bansa,” he said.
[As a Qatari, I whole-heartedly extend my gratitude to the Filipino community here in Qatar for your undeniable contribution to the development and progress of my country.]
The video has since been viewed nearly 2-M times since it was uploaded in Facebook last August 17.