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A Life Changing Award For A Filipina Nanny

A Filipina domestic helper who loves children and is passionate about what she does was crowned the UAE’s Best Nanny this year and will take home a million peso retirement fund.

For the second year in a row, a Filipina has been named the UAE’s Best Nanny, an annual award given by Rise, a wealth management platform for migrants workers.

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Melanie Manansala, 44, won the title on Saturday because of her positive qualities: being open, honest, balanced, committed and knowledgeable.


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The award, now in its second year, is an initiative of Rise, a wealth management platform for migrants. The award received more than 500 nominations from families all across the UAE.

She will take home a retirement fund worth 1 million pesos and a plane ticket back home, courtesy of Air Arabia.

More than twenty years ago, the Filipina decided to fly Abroad to work as a nanny for a Lebanese family.

Her loyalty and dedication to the job enabled her to stay with them for 12 years, Even though she’s now with a new employer, Manansala said she has kept a good relationship and still in touch with her previous employer.

Manansala, a native of Pampanga, was said to be the overwhelming choice for the award, now on its second year.

“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,” Manansala said.

With the cash prize, Manansala now contemplates returning home and putting up her own supermarket.

According to some news reports from the UAE, the Best Nanny search was initiated by Rise, a wealth management platform for migrants. The search aims to recognize and appreciate the hard work of nannies in the UAE.

Rise founder Padmini Gupta said nannies play a key role in UAE society and deserve recognition and appreciation.

While thanking Rise for recognizing the contribution of nannies in the UAE and in society, she also shared the importance of saving for the future during the awarding function.

Last year, three Filipinas were also recognized, but the UAE’s Best Nanny award went to then 29-year old, Lorina Bunio.


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