Filipinos are taking pride as Yolanda Pascual, or Auntie Yolly, is making headlines. She is the Filipina nanny who is instrumental in raising Joseph Schooling to a man he is now.
Schooling, 21, has made headlines for himself after winning the gold medal in the 100 meter butterfly event in Rio, Brazil. He beat no other than Michael Phelps, a world swimming champion himself. The young Olympian said that it’s been a “tough road” bringing home Singapore’s first gold since joining the Olympics. However, he’s gotten a lot of support from his hometown. Even Singapore’s President Tony Tan was in attendance during the said swimming event.
Singapore and fans all over the world rejoiced his win. And that includes Auntie Yolly. A mother of two, the 56 years old nanny has worked for the Schooling for 19 years already. In an interview, she said that she couldn’t express how happy she was with Schooling’s win. “I was jumping and crying after he won.” Auntie Yolly has always been a believer of the new world champion. She knew that Schooling could be just like his swimming idol, Phelps. Auntie Yolly recalled a younger Schooling telling her that “he wanted to be there and be like him,” referring to Phelps as they were watching him on TV. She added that even as a youngster, he was already strong-willed and a go-getter.
It’s not only Auntie Yolly who is all praise of the new boy wonder. On a Youtube commercial uploaded by Singtel, a Singaporean telecommunications company, Schooling was very appreciative of his nanny’s unconditional support. He detailed how Auntie Yolly has been like a second mother to him. He also said that he didn’t think he could have a better second mom or nanny by his side as he went through his journey.
It is expected that we see a number of “proud pinoy here” on Youtube’s comment section, ofcourse. Pinoys are known to take pride on any fellow Filipino success story. Some Pinoys are not happy about this attitude, though. They complain that it has become a part of Pinoy’s psyche to react this way. They added that it’s already becoming tiresome hearing such reaction. Some even argue that this case is especially true even if their fellow Pinoys are just associated with someone famous. It’s as if we are claiming the credit that isn’t ours in the first place. The same case as that of Auntie Yolly.
However, some take pride on the said issue for a totally different reason. Some are proud of Auntie Yolly not because she is associated with someone famous. The pride comes from knowing that wherever you put a Filipino and whatever job you assigned to him or her, he or she always delivers. With a heart. And as what Schooling has said on the video, we are proud of Auntie Yolly because despite of being away from her family, she never ceases to put, in whatever she does, the “extra” in extraordinary.