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Celebrating the special bond between Luis Manzano, Yaya Cindy

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Celebrating the special bond between Luis Manzano, Yaya Cindy
Actor and TV host Luis Manzano and Yaya Cindy in a fun moment while being serenaded.
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MANILA, Philippines — These days, it is difficult to find good household help.

Very few are willing to commit to a lifetime of good, dedicated service. So if you stumble upon a good one, who does all the necessary work around the house very diligently and shows love and concern for the family, especially the kids, consider yourself lucky. Blessed is the better word for it, because finding a reliable, dedicated and responsible kasambahay makes a whole lot of difference. It enables you to navigate through your busy work schedule and gives you time, energy and opportunities to create cherished moments with your loved ones.

Among the lucky ones is Luis "Lucky" Manzano, a multi-talented host, actor, and prominent figure in the Philippine entertainment industry. Widely known for his charismatic presence and kind-hearted nature, Luis has a genuine compassion that extends beyond the screen. It often surfaces in his role as the host of a popular game show, where he extends a helping hand to contestants and provides support to those who may be facing challenges.

But it is not limited to the world of showbiz for Luis. It's a value he holds dear in his personal life, exemplified by his enduring bond with his dedicated long-time nanny, Yaya Cindy, who has been an integral part of Luis' life for 27 years. She has provided unwavering care and support since Luis was just 15 years old. Her duties range from preparing his clothes to cooking his meals and favorite food as well as attending to his other needs. She is a living testament to how much a kasambahay can help make an individual's life easier and smoother.

Yaya Cindy, who hails from Iloilo City, has a family and a child who live in Batangas. To her, Luis is more than just an employer. He is a caring, generous individual who consistently goes the extra mile for her. When her brother needed a critical operation, Luis immediately stepped in, covering the expenses without asking for anything in return. This act of kindness strengthened their bond. Instances like this show how Luis also sees Yaya Cindy as not just an employee but, more so, as a valued member of his extended family. Their open communication and shared sense of humor create a warm, familial dynamic in their working relationship.

For nearly three decades, she has diligently sent financial support to her family through Palawan Express Pera Padala and, now, with PalawanPay. Her remittance covers provisions for her family’s essential needs, allowances, and her child's education. Her dream—of owning a house—even came true. With her earnings, she was able to buy a house. Her years of employment have been fruitful and valuable not just for her but also for Luis.

In a heartwarming exchange of gratitude, Yaya Cindy extended her heartfelt wishes for Luis and his family, with special thoughts for Peanut, Luis' cherished daughter.

"Si Lucky ay napakabuting tao, maalaga at napakamatulungin. (Lucky is a very kind-hearted, caring, and helpful person)," she said. 

In turn, Luis responded with, "I want you to have all the best in life. ‘Gusto ko maging masaya ka every day, sa bawat tulog at paggising mo, masaya ka. (I want you to be happy every day, every time you sleep or wake up, you are happy)."

Their journey together is not just a narrative of an exceptional kasambahay but also a reflection of an employer who values and treats his nanny as an integral part of the family. It is a symbiosis, a proof that, indeed, love begets love. Give good service and your employer will know how to show appreciation for it. This story is one of dedication, trustworthiness, and genuine care, showcasing the profound impact a household helper can have on an individual's life.

So, in the spirit of honoring outstanding kasambahays, helpers, caretakers, and drivers, JCI Senate Philippines, together with the Palawan Group of Companies launched the annual Kasambahay Kasambuhay Pilipinas Awards eight years ago. The organizers extended an invitation to them to participate and for employers to nominate their household helpers for the award. Both organizations’ shared vision and passion led to the creation of this award, which recognizes the invaluable contributions of beloved kasambahays and commends their hard work, dedication, and integrity.

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