Rose Fostanes,47, a Filipina caregiver, performs during a rehearsal for Israel's X-Factor talent show in Tel Aviv. Photo by Baz Ratner, Reuters
MANILA – Filipina caregiver Rose Fostanes ended her stint on “X Factor Israel” with flying colors Wednesday as her supporters’ efforts to make sure she would get the most number of online and text votes paid off.
Immediately after Fostanes’ triumph in the TV show, Filipino netizens stormed social networking sites to express how happy they are for the 47-year old singer.
Most of Fostanes’ supporters said they are proud that another Filipino, who was just once part of a faceless crowd of foreign workers who clean homes and tend to Israel's sick and elderly, has brought pride to the Philippines anew.
Below are some posts on Twitter and Facebook congratulating Fostanes:
Cesar Viray Ramirez: Cool....congrats....proud to be global pinoy...congrats, Osang
Alvin Valenzuela: Congrats kabayan mabuhay ka! From.NYC...proud to be a pilipino!
Sheng Guillermo: Thank u Israel yan ang walang daya na judging..proud to be pinoy once again..
Mylene Ungos Webb: wow..gling nmn iba tlga ang pinoy,satlento d best tlga congrats. ms. rose we are proud of you.
Sharon Tiglao: Congratulations Ms. Rose.... we knew you could make it to the top and you deserve it.
Mharvhin Peque Sandagan Durana: Congrats po dakila ka po sa ating bansang pilipinas MABUHAY...
Richard Ravena: Ha! good job ate Osang! ikaw na! Congratulations! eversince day one of this competition, you never cease to amaze me! it was awesome to see you sing your song and how you represent the filipino OFW community! And thank you also to Shiri for providing all the help ate osang needs to go through the competition! Congratz ulit ATE OSANG!
Joyce Martinez: congratz po ky Ms Rose..and thank u so much din po sa mga admin ng page na walang sawang nghahatid ng update bout ky Ms Rose..THANKS PO.. From: Suadi Riyadh
Loraine Klein Aquino: tagumpai ang filipino.... congrats madam osang .. we are proud ...
During the competition, a Facebook page solely dedicated to campaign for Fostanes was created to urge Filipinos around the world to vote for her.
Following Fostanes’ win, the administrators of her Facebook fan page posted a message thanking everyone who took time to vote for the Pinay caregiver.
“Ito lang po ang masasabi ko nho MARAMING MARAMING THANK YOU PO SA LAHAT NG SUMUPORTA AT SUMUNOD SA MGA INSTRUCTIONS NAMIN SA PAGBOTO, NAGAWA nating itawid si idol… SALAMAT PO SA SAMA SAMANG EFFORT NATIN SA PAGBOTO, SALAMAT SA CO ADMINS KO NA TUMUTULONG SAKEN SA PAG A UPDATE,” the post said.
“Sa lahat ng filipino san mang sulok ng mundo, sa mga nag pray at sa bumuto lalong lalo na sa mga pinoy dito sa israel na kanya kanyang kampanya din, sa ibat ibang org at group na tlgang suporta to the max, AS IN SUPER THANX AND SYEMPRE NHO SUPER THANX KAY IDOL OSANG DAHIL BINIGYAN NYA NG KARANGALAN ANG ATING BANSA GANDANG OPENING NG TAON, ISANG HUGE ACHIEVEMENT mabuhay KA IDOL deserve na deserve mo manalo... umpisa na ng lalo mo pang yayabong na career,” the post added.
During the live finale show, Fostanes sang the Frank Sinatra classic "My Way" with an orchestra.
Placing second was a young female singer, Eden Ben Zaken, who was mentored by rock singer, Rami Fortis.
There are about 20,000 Filipinos working legally in Israel, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, with most working as cleaners and caretakers for the elderly and disabled.