MANILA – Relatives of singing Filipina caregiver Rose Fostanes are also reeling from her success at X Factor Israel.
"Wala pa kaming tulog," said her cousin Anne Marie Fostanes told DZMM's Sakto with Amy Perez and Marc Logan on Wednesday morning.
Fondly called as "Osang," Fostanes was adjudged as the first-ever winner of X Factor Israel on Tuesday, or early Wednesday in Manila.
Her journey on X Factor Israel has been an inspiration to many Filipino overseas workers like herself.
"Medyo puspusang kaming nag-aabang at every time po nagska-Skype na po kami with Ate Osang," she said.
The last time they talked to each other was a day before her final performance.
"Habang nagre-rehearse siya nung lunch break nila," Anne Marie said.
The caregiver and veteran OFW in the Middle East stayed humble all throughout the show. She first said in an interview that joining the X Factor was hopefully a way for her to achieve her dream of becoming a singer and at the same time, further help her loved ones back in the Philippines.
"Nagpapasalamat sya kasi kahit papaano maraming Pilipino talaga ang sumuporta sa kanya. Mayroon pang taga Saudi, taga ibang bansa pa. Kasi alam nilang Pilipina at caregiver," Anne Marie said.
The eldest among the cousins, Anne Marie said their Ate Osang served as their family's singing mentor.
"Siya po ang aming mentor kasi siya po ang pinaka-ate sa aming magpipinsan. Siya talaga kinarir niya. Kami pag may chance o katuwaan lang," she said.
Even in the past, Fostanes' singing talent has helped her earn a little for her family. While still in the Philippines, Fostanes often joined village singing contests and would not go home empty handed.
"Yan, pag nananalo yan noon yan ang bumibili ng gamit namin sa school," she Fostanes' younger sister, Nancy.
Nancy and Fostanes' long-time girlfriend Mel Adel, went to Israel last week to support her.
In a previous report, Adel also recounted how they would always carry with them Minus One tapes in case they chance upon any singing competition.
"Laging may dala na minus one. Hindi kami lumalakad na wala kaming dala nun. Every time na may nadadaanan kaming mga pista, mga ganun, sasali siya at hindi naman kaming bigong umuuwi," Adel said.
For her final song, Fostanes performed a Frank Sinatra classic "My Way" that brought all four judges on their feet.
Anne Marie said "My Way" was among Fostanes' favorite songs.
"Ang paborito niyang kantahin yung kanta ni Dulce, yung 'Hindi Ako Laruan', at 'My Way'," she said.
She however, could not tell when exactly her cousin plans to return to the Philippines after winning in the contest.
"Wala pa po kasi yung time na yun hindi pa po namin ano na mananalo siya na makukuha niya yung title po. Pero sabi niya kahit anong mangyari, uuwi at uuwi ako at para sa inyo itong ginagawa ko at para sa buong Pilipinas," said Anne Marie.
Anne Marie said remaining humble has been an admirable trait of their cousin.
"Ang sabi ni ate, ang mensahe niya sa mga Pilipino, nagpapasalamat siya sa mga nagdasal at bumoto sa kanya, sa mga sumuporta. Nagpapasalamat siya sa lahat ng mga Pilipino at maging di Pilipino na ganun ang suporta sa kanya," she said.
Still quoting her cousin, Anne Marie said, "Nnagpapasalamat ako dahil di lang ako ang nagtagumpay, pati kayo".