LONG BEACH, CA — As America celebrates its independence, an 83-year-old birthday girl is finally celebrating her first birthday as a free woman.
The Pilipino Workers Center, LA Philippine Consulate, and staff at the Long Beach Care Center celebrated Nanay Fedelina’s 83rd birthday with a 4th of July-themed bash.
Ironically, the Leyte-born Fedelina was born on the Fourth of July, the day America celebrates her freedom.
From age 16, up until a year and a half ago, Fedelina lived as unpaid, overworked, abused and isolated domestic helper for a middle-class Filipino American family for 65 years.
But since her rescue last year, she now considers the PWC, consulate, and staff at Long Beach Care Center her family that has been helping her transition into freedom.
“Papasalamat ako sa iyon mga tulong nya sa akin, kung hindi dahil sayo wala akong ganito kasayahan maraming maraming salamt sa tulong mo. Lahat kayo hindi kalimutang. Utang ko sa buhay sa yo.”
And now with her first birthday, Nanay proves that you’re never too old for firsts. She also shows that life really begins at 83.
good for you Nanay. It is not too late for you indeed. At least naranasan mo ang freedom!