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by | EDITOR’S CHOICE, Feature, TOP STORIES

Jan. 06, 19 | 2:33 pm

The overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Abu Dhabi who received house and lot from her employer in 2017 received yet another incredible gift from them on January 3, 2019.

Exactly a year after The Filipino Times featured her life as an OFW in the UAE, Dina Tenerife Celo has recently been gifted by her employer with a Nissan car to spare her from the hustle and bustle of taking public transportation to visit her son in Abu Dhabi.

The 47-year-old domestic helper who hails from Sagñay, Camarines Sur told TFT in an interview, that her employer, Melissa McPike, gave her a second-hand car to provide her comfort in visiting his son who is also working in the UAE.

“Kasi nakikita nya na lagi akong nahihirapan at naghahabol ng oras tuwing sumasakay ako ng bus para bisitahin ang aking anak na nandito rin sa UAE. Kapag wala kasing available na sasakyan, sa bus ako sumasakay,” Dina said.

“Ang hirap sumakay ng bus. Kailangan ng dalawang sakay sa bus para makapunta doon. Inaabot ako ng mahigit ilang oras sa biyahe. Kaya sobrang laking tulong nito,” she added.

Dina said that a bus re-routing took place in December that made traveling even harder for her. However, since she wants to keep seeing her son every now and then, she still took the bus despite her concern.

“Last December lang nung nagbago yung mga bus schedule. Yung dalawang sakay ko lang dati, naging limang sakay na. Nag-iba kasi ang mga ruta ng bus. Mula noon, nahihirapan na ako,” she said.

“Bigla na lang sinabi sa akin ni Madam Missa na, ‘After two weeks, no more bus’,” she said.

Dina was even able to take her car for a spin when she and her friends went out for a simple celebration last Friday, January 4.

Aside from the car, she also received Christmas gifts from Melissa and her sons Saeed and Saif.

As an OFW who has her fair share of struggles in life, Dina is ever grateful that she has people like Melissa, Saeed, and Saif in her life who make her feel loved and special.

“Lahat ng suporta at tulong binibigay niyo sa akin. Pati ang aking nag-iisang anak, alam ko at naramdaman kong mahal niyo din,” Dina continued.

This isn’t the first time Dina received a special gift from her employer. Dina was previously gifted by her employer with Dh23,000 (P320,000 approx.) last October 2017 to buy a parcel of land in her hometown.

Her employer also helped finance the construction of her dream house back home. Dina even gave an update to The Filipino Times saying that she went home to the Philippines three times last year to see the progress of the construction of her house. She added that her house is almost complete.

As soon as the construction is over, she said, her employer’s whole family promised to be her first visitor.

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