Filipina Domestic Worker Wins UAE’s Best Nanny

A 44-year-old Filipina domestic worker who has passion and love for children was crowned the UAE’s Best Nanny for 2017.

Melanie Manansala, 44, won the title — which comes with a million peso retirement fund — on Saturday.

She was cited for her positive qualities: being open, honest, balanced, committed and knowledgeable.

Now in its second year, the award, which is an initiative of migrant wealth management platform Rise, received more tha 500 nominations from families across the United Arab Emirates.

Manansala came to UAE in 1993 to work for a Lebanese family for the next 12 years. She has since moved to another family but has not lost touch with the previous one.

“I’m so happy with the award, I almost can’t believe it! I’m already saving for my retirement, which I believe is very important, and every nanny should do so too. With this prize, my dream can come true to open a supermarket in my home country after my retirement as a nanny,” Manansala said in a report by Gulf News.

“I think I am proud of my job because I love what I’m doing. I like being with children, they return the love that you give to them,” she added.

Manansala said she started saving for herself after her brothers, who she used to support, landed jobs. In her entry, she recounted how having no savings or reserved fund during a personal emergency taught her to pay herself first after getting her salary. She realised that it’s crucial to make savings a priority so she can have cover on rainy days.

“I realised that if I don’t have anything and if I don’t save anything, nobody will help me. So now, whenever I see new nannies I always teach them how to save. Even AED100 tucked away each month [will do],” she said.

In addition to the one million peso cash prize, Manansala also won air ticket to the Philippines from Air Arabia, a bank account, Rise child care courses and more.