June 7, 2010

Igorot Nanny Writes a Book

CANADA - The Cordillera region has always been the pride of the Philippines. Blessed with a rich and fascinating cultural history, it has been a home for many skilled artisans and a source of mystical tales. Its breathtaking sceneries have become the subjects of masterpieces among literary artists. Photographs of it have graced numerous travel magazines.

Now, another source of regional pride has emerged in the person of Analyn Aryo, a native of Mankayan, Benguet, who has started to explore the realm of the publishing industry with her creative approach on the life of an immigrant worker.

Aryo compared her life’s journey as a caregiver to a ‘Pinit”, a wild berry that grows in the mountains. Akin to a Pinit, the overseas workers such as those working as nannies and domestic helpers work hard in order to earn money and it entails a lot of sacrifices.

“The pinit are like a sight and taste of heaven on a tired traveler’s soul…working as a DH (domestic helper) or a nanny is like reaching for the sweetest pinit berry on the thickest thicket. You don’t get out of it unscathed,” says Aryo.

During the recent Fil-Can expo held in Hamilton, Ontario, Aryo along with Terry Olayta of The Caregiver’s Resource Centre officially launched her book, “Nanny Tales”. The book is a kaleidoscope of amazing experiences, memories, friendships and gratitude among overseas workers.

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