Overseas Filipino workers occupy their free time with a variety of activities, bowling, basketball, cards, hanging out with friends, karaoke, all designed to make them forget that they are in a foreign land and far away from their homes and families.
Anna Maria Zenaida Sundiang Magno, however, did something else.
Zenaida filled her days with words, sentences, adjectives, verbs and idioms.
She took her experiences as a maid for a Kuwaiti family and wove it into a compelling story of a girl forced into overseas work by her family’s need added to her personal circumstances.
After more than two decades of overseas work, Zenaida produced a book, “Katulong sa Pugad ng Dayuhan” which detailed the life of Maria Dolores, both before she succumbed to overseas employment and during her stint abroad.
In the book, Zenaida also told of how Maria Dolores fared when
Zenaida filled her life writing and incorporating into her story her life as a domestic helper, and the lives of her fellow OFWs in
With the help of Sheika Bibi Nasser Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Zenaida’s book was eventually published in
Zenaida is now in charge of the Chevron Company’s guesthouse in