Schooling's Filipino nanny 'Auntie Yolly' addresses bashers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 17 2016 08:31 PM

The Filipina nanny of Singaporean Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling is hurt over the negative comments she has received on social media.

News about Schooling's Filipina nanny circulated after he won Singapore's first Olympic gold medal last week.

According to Yolanda Pascual, or "Auntie Yolly," she sent a message to Schooling before he competed.

"Nag-message ako sa kanya na you just pray hard and try your best. Ang ano lang niya sa akin ay smiley and 'I love you, Aunt'," Pascual said.

Pascual has been taking care of Schooling since he was a year old. She also patiently collects news clippings about him.

As a nanny who works far from home, Pascual loves Schooling as much as she loves her own children.

In a 2015 interview with the now-Olympic medalist Schooling, he named Pascual as his second mom.

"As a kid, I wasn't the easiest one to handle. She's the one who always takes care of me at home, cooks for me," said Schooling for a marketing campaign by telecommunications firm Singtel.

Pascual, however, received negative comments after her story came out on social media.

"I never claimed, I never say to anybody na ako ang nagpalaki sa kanya. Ako ang yaya niya. I'm so sad lang na my friends are saying ganito, ganyan," she said.

Negative comments on foreign workers like Pascual is common in Singapore, but it is her first time to hear negative comments directed at her.

What makes it worse, she added, is that some comments come from fellow Filipinos.

"I'm so sad na 'yung discrimination ay hindi galing sa Singaporeans o kay Joseph at sa family niya because they know kung paano ko siya inalagaan," she said.

Pascual is also thankful that some people, including Schooling himself, have defended her against "bashers."

For Pascual, her story is not about "Pinoy pride" or riding on the success of Schooling, but is simply a story of a nanny who is happy for the success of someone she has treated as her own son. - report from Jenny Reyes-Dogma, ABS-CBN News Singapore

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