MANILA – Filipina caregiver Rose Fostanes has made it to the top 5 of reality talent show X Factor Israel.
The 46-year-old Pinay from Taguig sang a Freddie Mercury song "Bohemian Rhapsody" during the live show last January 5.
"I hope I will get through to the finals. I'm praying for that," Fostanes said in a video shown before her performance.
Fostanes also had kind words about her mentor, Shiri Maimon, whom she said really takes good care of her. Maimon is one of the four judges in the reality show.
"She's like a mom to me. It reminded me when I was young, my mother was with me. It's like a flashback to me, you know? A flashback that my mother is beside me," she said.
Maimon told the Filipina: "I know how good you are as a singer, and I know how good you are as a person. I want everyone to know that."
Fostanes, or Osang as she is fondly called by friends, said her sacrifices are for her loved ones back in the Philippines.
"I'm a person who likes to take care of everybody. I don't care about myself. What's important for me is my family. All my life I want to support them even the last penny that I have. I have to give it to my family," she said.
Even the show's host, supermodel Bar Refaeli, could not hide her admiration for the Filipina contestant.
"Rose, you're wonderful and more so as a human being. I love watching you," she said.