Filipino maid writes a best-seller book

VANCOUVER, Canada – “Maid in Singapore,” a book written by a former Filipino domestic helper, has made it to the top ten non-fiction bestsellers of Singapore’s to newspaper, The Strait Times, and also became a hit in Canada where she now resides.
[singlepic=378,100,240,,left]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. Sampang’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.
“Galing Pinoy” 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. “Born and raised in Batangas, Crisanta performed well in high school which earned her a government scholarship in college. Unfortunately, she wasn’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.
“The marriage didn’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.
“Filled 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 “The Strait Times”, Singapore’s largest-circulated English newspaper as well as in other newspapers. She described the employers who warmly welcomed her into their family and didn’t object when she began writing about them in features for the newspapers.
“I 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. “I was living in a bubble with good employers, good people,” she says. “And I didn’t have much experience with abused nannies. But I heard things.”
What she heard formed the basis of many of Sampang’s featured stories in her book.

2 Replies to “Filipino maid writes a best-seller book”

  1. is there a way that i can have this book. im one of the facilitator of one of the website her in edmonton alberta. i would like to share this book to the people here. i watched this segment in GMA. im interested to used this book as one of the inspiring stories in the lives of nannies here.. it really inspired me a lot.

    hope you can help me
    mabuhay ang pinoy!!!!

    salamat po
    bambi

  2. AMAZING..I WISH I KNOW THE KNOW HOWS IN HOW TO BEGIN PUBLISHING MY INSPIRATIONAL ARTICLES AND SOME GOOD IDEAS THAT GOD HAS INSPIRED ME TO WRITE> WILL SOMEONE OUT THERE LEND A HELPING HAND.I AM IN THE STATE O MARYLAND USA.

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