November 26, 2008
We Filipinos are by nature kind to our household help unless (if the rumor is true) you are Korina Sanchez. And kindness is always rewarded.



Erikina, whose housekeeping services barely afford her diurnal canned fish and noodles supper went through the trouble of weaving bilums for me. These bilums probably cost her and her family a days’ meal yet she even bothered with a wrapper. It wasn’t my birthday. And they are not early Christmas presents either. She said they are her tokens of thanks.



I castigated myself for offering to pay for the bilums since it wasn’t her intention to consummate a sale. She was purely giving.

Talk about reeling-in big inspirations from the humblest of ponds. Erikina is illiterate and may not be able to spell magnanimous but even she knows that Oxford couldn’t educate us to be one. Heaven bless her!

May we meet more Erikinas and less of them yacht-owning, popper-sniffing pretentious queens who have posh apartments in several countries and travel first class only but their idea of giving is mostly to their fat selves.



P.S.
I didn’t want her to miss dinner. I gave her extra plus extra bus fare.

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posted by Bryan Anthony the First at 11/26/2008 |



33 Comments:

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Aris said........
nakaka-touch naman ito. please say hello to erikina for me. god bless her! :)
 




At 7:09 PM, Blogger lucas said........
really inspiring post :) kung mayaman lang ako, i'll make sure mayaman din ang house help ko...ahehe
 




At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Rey said........
good for you for having a house helper like her... and her for having a non- Korina boss.

speaking of korina,is she still with Mar roxas? I saw Mar here in Singapore twice, shopping with a voloutous bombshell. and younger, I may add.
well, maybe that's just a female friend? hehe.
 




At 2:00 AM, Blogger Kiks said........
iba talaga kapag sila ang nagmahal.

they are the ones who humble me.

sila ang mga taling naghahatak sa ating mga saranggola pababa sa lupa.

bongga, bryan. touched!
 




At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said........
dear beastfrenship miseducated BRANG...itago mo na lang ako sa pangalang erikina...haha..ate charing!
nakaka touch naman ang blog mo,may visual effects pa,nakakadurog ng puso.i really appreciate people who return the favor,by saying a simple`thank you` will do the trick..
at bukod kay korina,nakakaloka rin ang marjorie barretto na minsan nakita ko sa shangrila mall with her kids and her 2 nannies,at take note,naka uniform sila ng pang nanny..yung white all over kulang na lang walis to accentuate and emphasize na nannies sila. point is,pag nasa mall,baka pwede namang naka casual wear sila,i mean bakit naka uniform pa,para makita kung sino ang amo at kung sino ang yaya? naman! as if they needed to be reminded of their sad plight. and an insight from our own housekeeper,mas gusto nilang matawag na `kasama` rather than `katulong`. yun na! :) c.stewart
 




At 11:55 AM, Blogger philippe said........
ayoko ng mga ganitong kwento, naiiyak ako lagi...
 




At 12:01 PM, Blogger the donG said........
i agree. sana nga ganun ang mga tao. pareho kasi kayong nagtutulungan. bait mo din talaga.
 




At 8:09 PM, Blogger Maye said........
That was truly touching. My eyes would've welled up if I were in your shoes :(
 




At 12:53 AM, Blogger Momel said........
Totally heartwarming-est that.

Bry, I'm re-filling my blogroll. And I'm looking for people with real intestinal fortitude. A real cheek for sarcasm will be so definitely appreciated. You're still on top of my list. Any suggestions?

Cheers!
 




At 8:46 PM, Blogger Lyka Bergen said........
I read this post yesterday and left me speechless. This story inspired me. It moved me. Thank you for sharing.
 




At 11:10 AM, Blogger r-yo said........
it's really heartwarming to see how even the most unfortunate lot would do everything they can so as to show appreciation for those who help them.
 




At 11:57 AM, Anonymous acey said........
how touching. god bless that woman! so sweet of her. the bags look cool, too.
 




At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Obnoxious Queer said........
It takes a kind soul to do that! Oh, Xmas!!! You deserve a standing ovation from OQ!
 




At 5:07 PM, Blogger tin-tin said........
ang sweet naman niya. that means you really are nice. :)
 




At 10:31 PM, Anonymous satya said........
That's rellay nice.thanks for visiting my site.I've added you in my blogroll.try to visit often.I'll also return my favor.
 




At 1:51 AM, Blogger joaqui_miguel said........
That was so kind and sweet of you. :)
 




At 5:40 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@aris: erikina is back in POM but i'll pass the message
 




At 5:53 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@lukas: mahirap hanap ng katulong now, much more pag mayaman
 




At 5:53 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@rey: i say mistress
 




At 5:56 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@kiks: thanks!
 




At 6:00 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@frenship: tse! malandi talaga si greta.
 




At 6:01 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@phil: iyak ka sa shoulders ko
 




At 6:02 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@dong: thanks.
 




At 6:06 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@maye: it did
 




At 6:08 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@momel: i'll drop by with a list
 




At 6:19 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@lyka: thanks din!
 




At 6:20 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@r-yo: korek!
 




At 10:24 PM, Blogger Port Moresby Diarist said........
@acey: i can get you one
 




At 11:00 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@OQ: thank you so much
 




At 11:11 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@tin: mabait talaga me sa mabait
 




At 11:13 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@satya: thanks again
 




At 11:19 PM, Blogger Bryan Anthony the First said........
@joaqui: thanks!
 




At 2:06 AM, Blogger Alison Perez said........
this a heartwarming post. very generous act. while it is advisable to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters, i think it is also ideal to teach them how to catch a fish. this post in pinoymoneytalk.com
is an eye-opener about the situation of many pinoys. kudos to you sir!