A Filipina has been awarded in a ceremony as the best nanny in the United Arab Emirates Saturday.
Lorina Bunio, 29, who received AED5,000 (P67,608) top prize, was in tears as she gestured to the audience.
“This is really an unexpected blessing,” said Bunio, dressed in ball gown.
“I think I give 100 per cent of my best and honesty in my work.”
Two other Filipinas won runners-up honors in an event that was staged in the country for the first time.
“This is just an award, but the love, the support and the trust that they give to me [is enough],” said Danalyn Acuriza, 40, the first runner-up, who looks after two boys, according to a Gulf News report.
The second runner-up, Besma Abas, 48, has served as a nanny for eight years to a Emirati family.
“I’m very happy that they appreciate me. I didn’t expect that I would win,” she said.
The three winners were selected among 200 nannies nominated by their sponsor families. More than 100,000 people chose their candidates on the organizer’s Facebook page. The top ten vote-getters were then interviewed — along with their respective employers — by a three-member jury.
The event was organized by Dubai startup Rise, which seeks to promote the welfare of domestic helpers.
Hectic lifestyle and large family sizes prompt many residents and expats in the UAE to rely heavily on domestic help.