From Nanny to Family: The Extraordinary Journey of Luis Manzano and Yaya Cindy

Luis considers Yaya Cindy not just as an employee, but as a valued member of his extended family.

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From Nanny to Family The Extraordinary Journey of Luis Manzano and Yaya Cindy

In an era where finding a reliable, dedicated, and responsible kasambahay has become an increasingly complex task, we are reminded of the invaluable role they play in our lives. They are the quiet yet powerful force that enables us to navigate our busy routines and create cherished moments with our loved ones.

Among those who deeply understand the significance of this relationship is Luis Manzano, a multi-talented host, actor, and a prominent figure in the Philippine entertainment industry. Widely celebrated for his charismatic presence and kind-hearted nature, Luis’ genuine compassion extends beyond the screen. This compassion is prominently showcased 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. This profound understanding of care and support 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. She has been an integral part of Luis’ life for 27 years, providing unwavering care and support since he was just 15 years old. Her duties range from preparing his clothes to cooking his meals and favorite food as well as to attending to his other needs, a testament to how much a kasambahay can help make an individual’s life easier and smoother.

Luis Manzano and Yaya Cindy

Yaya Cindy, who hails from Iloilo City, has a family and a child who live in Batangas. She sees Luis as more than an employer. He’s a caring, generous individual who consistently goes the extra mile. 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 showcase how Luis views Yaya Cindy not only as an employee but also 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 through Palawan Express Pera Padala and now with PalawanPay. Her remittance covers providing for her family’s essential needs, allowances, and her child’s education. She was able to achieve her dreams when she was able to purchase their own home. Her years of employment were fruitful and valuable not just for her but also for Luis.

In a heartwarming exchange of gratitude, Yaya Cindy extends her heartfelt wishes to Luis and his family, with special thoughts for Peanut, Luis’ cherished daughter. Yaya Cindy fondly describes Luis as, “Si Lucky ay napakabuting tao, maalaga at napakamatulungin” (Lucky is a very kind-hearted, caring, and very helpful person). In turn, Luis responds 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 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. This story is one of dedication, trustworthiness, and genuine care, showcasing the profound impact a household helper can have on an individual’s life.

In the spirit of honoring outstanding kasambahays, helpers, caretakers, and drivers, JCI Senate Philippines together with  the Palawan Group of Companies extend an invitation to them to participate, and/or to employers to nominate their household helpers for the Kasambahay Kasambuhay Pilipinas Awards 2023. 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. With the unwavering support of JCI Senate Philippines and Palawan Pawnshop Group, the award continues to flourish in its 8th year. 

Luis Manzano serenades Yaya Cindy, honoring her 27 years of dedicated service with a heartfelt song

The Kasambahay Kasambuhay Awards has played a pivotal role in transforming the lives of 65 past awardees, enabling them to improve their circumstances and pursue their dreams. This includes sending family members to school, building homes, reuniting with relatives in the province after years apart, and even establishing their own businesses. These awards continue to serve as an ongoing source of inspiration for Kasambahays, encouraging them to maintain their exemplary performance and serve with love and genuine concern in their households.

To participate in the contest or nominate your Kasambahay, please visit their official Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/JCIkasambahay for further information.

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