Filipino maid writes a best-seller book
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VANCOUVER, Canada – â€œMaid in Singapore,â€ a book written by a former Filipino domestic helper, has made it to the top ten non-fiction bestsellers of Singaporeâ€™s to newspaper, The Strait Times, and also became a hit in Canada where she now resides.
The ex-DH is Crisanta Sampang who used to work for years in Singapore as nanny/housekeeper before immigrating to Canada. The book became a hit only two weeks after it was launched.
Besides proving her talents as an author, Criselda is also the editor of the first Filipino newspaper in Vancouver. She also formed Crazy Planet Films together with two other Filipinos in Vancouver while working as a researcher for the news desk at Canadian TV. Sampangâ€™s dabbling in filmmaking and scriptwriting has earned her awards at the 2001 Vancouver International Film Festival and a Jury Prize at the National Film Board Contest in Banff, Alberta.
â€œGaling Pinoyâ€ said it might seem hard to believe that a domestic helper could reach great heights as a best-selling writer and filmmaker. But those who know Crisanta believe that she is certainly no ordinary girl. â€œBorn and raised in Batangas, Crisanta performed well in high school which earned her a government scholarship in college. Unfortunately, she wasnâ€™t able to graduate from college because she got pregnant at 19 and had to drop out of school and get married. The union bore three daughters who were born one after the other.
â€œThe marriage didnâ€™t last long, however, and after a few years, Crisanta separated from her alcoholic husband. Struggling to support three daughters; then aged seven, five, and two, Crisanta desperately looked for a job abroad. Deciding to work as a maid in Singapore, Crisanta left her children with her mother in 1984.
â€œFilled with ambition and knowing that she can do so much more than just cooking, cleaning and looking after children, Crisanta pursued what she would later on discover she was good at-writing. In between household chores, Crisanta contributed to â€œThe Strait Timesâ€, Singaporeâ€™s largest-circulated English newspaper as well as in other newspapers. She described the employers who warmly welcomed her into their family and didnâ€™t object when she began writing about them in features for the newspapers.
â€œI have always wanted to write about the experiences of those like me who left their homes and sacrifices so much for their children,” says the author.
Crisanta admits that she has been fortunate in having worked for good employers. She was not among the countless numbers of OFWs who become victims of abuse, exploitation and sexual assault. â€œI was living in a bubble with good employers, good people,” she says. â€œAnd I didnâ€™t have much experience with abused nannies. But I heard things.”
What she heard formed the basis of many of Sampangâ€™s featured stories in her book.