Meet Daisy Bucad-Eng, a former domestic worker in Hong Kong.
Daisy is now a millionaire. She inherited PHP 25 million from her deceased owner.
Daisy now owns a five-story building, land, a house, jewelry and money.
Daisy from the Mountain Province got married early.
She was only sixteen years old when she got married and had children.
To make money, she sells salt in Besao, Mountain Province.
In the October 10, 2021 she said, “Yung mga taga-Benguet ba talagang matakaw sila sa asin. Kasi isa pa, sa mga baboy nila, sa mga baka.”
She earns 100 PHP to 300 PHP per day from selling salt.
But to try to provide for her family, she went to Hong Kong to work as a maid.
But Daisy was unlucky with her first owner.
“Hindi ko na nakayanan. Dalawang oras lang ang tulog mo, tatlong oras. Kukulangin iyon, e.”
Meanwhile, because she was far away from the children, Daisy discovered that they often went to pick up trash on the street, sometimes even sleeping in the jeep.
As Daisy looked back on hearing this, “Pumasok ako sa ilalim ng lamesa doon ako umiyak.”
Daisy found a new boss. It’s an old Portuguese, Marie.
She is paid HK$900 or PHP 2,700 per month.
But Daisy is happy because her boss treats her like family.
The old Portuguese refuses to live in a house for the elderly and only takes care of by Daisy.
When Daisy decided to go back to the Philippines, Marie went with her.
Daisy’s story, “Namamasyal kami doon sa Manaoag, lahat ng mga Catholic na simbahan.”
Until Marie died in the Philippines in 2002.
Daisy said, “Wala na pala. Yung puso niya lumobo.”
Daisy served Marie for eleven years.
Marie’s remains were repatri.ated to Hong Kong by relatives.
One day, a letter was sent to Daisy that changed her fate.
In Marie’s last will, Daisy was among her heirs.
One of these is an apartment worth 25 million PHP.
Daisy recalls, “Yung mga stocks sa iba-ibang company.”
“Dinala kami sa executive room. Well-treated kami doon.”
He used to think, “Totoo ba to?’ Parang may katotohanan na nga ito.”
When Daisy received the inheritance, she built a five-story building with a penthouse in Mountain Province.
Her penthouse features a gym and rental space for commercial facilities and event venue rentals.
Daisy’s building has traces of the culture and traditions of her origin as even the furniture is inspired by Igorot culture.
She said, “Talagang ginawa ko talaga iyon para ma-picture out ko yung pinanggalingan ko.”
Daisy’s kitchen has a hanging garden, “Nature lover kasi ako kaya gusto ko yung mga halaman sa paligid ko.”
It’s not just Daisy’s property.
He bought a house and plantation in the Mountain Province.
In memory of Marie, she made a memorial statue part of the penthouse.
“Sobrang mahal ko siya. Imagine siya ba naman ang nagbago ng kapalaran mo.”
“Marie Augusta Ramchand,” the epitaph reads.
Daisy also shared Marie’s advice for her while she was still alive.
She says he’ll never forget it, and she promises Marie, “I will do my best to do and to live and be a person that you want me to be.”m
She said he believes Marie is happy now,“I’m very sure you are so lucky looking at your legacy.”
“Super talaga yung saya ngayon sa binigay ni Madam Marie. Maraming naitulong sa aking pamilya.”
Daisy offered advice to overseas Filipino workers, “Sa mga OFW naghihirap kayo ngayon, patience and hard work are the key to success.”