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The prestigious Gawad Kasambahay 2023 Awards Ceremony took place at the Boracay Club in Asiana Hotel, Dubai, where exceptional domestic workers were recognized for their outstanding contributions. The event attracted dignitaries from various sectors in the UAE, including diplomatic missions and business sectors, who gathered to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the awardees.
This year, a total of 35 finalists were carefully selected and nominated for several categories that highlighted their exceptional skills and dedication. The categories included Household Manager of the Year, Loyalty Award, Kasambahay Achiever of the Year, Lady Driver of the Year, Breadwinner of the Year, K! Idol of the Year, Nanny of the Year, TikToker of the Year, Best Dressed of the Night, and Best in Recycled Gown.
Amidst a sense of anticipation and applause, the winners in each category were announced, recognizing their extraordinary achievements and unwavering commitment to their work. The deserving winners of the respective categories are as follows:
- Household Manager of the Year: Helen Aduccul
- Loyalty Award: Elvira Tabaranza
- Kasambahay Achiever of the Year: Mary Jane Flores
- Lady Driver of the Year: Rosalina Gerasmia
- Breadwinner of the Year: Maribel Manocan
- K! Idol of the Year: Maricris Virtudazo
- Nanny of the Year: Marife de los Santos
- Leadership Award: Crisanta De La Cruz
In addition to recognizing the outstanding domestic workers, the event also highlighted employers who exemplify exceptional practices and foster positive working environments for their domestic workers. The Exemplary Employer of the Year award was bestowed upon Mrs. Nivedita Shrikent, Mr. Bahadir Pekin, Mrs. Danielle D. Bell, Mr. Laurent Lebouille, Mr. Pieter Egbers, Mr. Mirco Pieroni, and Mrs. Aarti Tandon, showcasing their dedication to fostering a harmonious relationship with their employees.
Furthermore, special recognition was given to OFW Leo Barrameda, who received the Dangal ng GK Award, honoring his exceptional contributions and achievements. Additionally, Kim Royce Mantua and Benjie Geronimo were awarded the Best Supportive Social Media Influencer award for their tireless efforts in promoting and advocating for the welfare of domestic workers.
Mrs. Michelle Guinto, the CEO and Managing Director of the event and main organizer, expressed her heartfelt appreciation for the Filipino community in the UAE. She emphasized their significant contributions to the nation's economic growth and cultural understanding, stating, "The overseas Filipino workers have not only contributed to the economic growth of this great nation but have also played an integral role in shaping the lives of their employers, fostering mutual respect and understanding between cultures."
During the Awards Ceremony, Mrs. Guinto also took the opportunity to launch Balikbayan Store, a new venture owned by her. Balikbayan Store aims to provide Filipinos in the UAE with an opportunity to purchase appliances, including TV sets and sofa sets, through installment plans with zero interest, catering to the specific needs of the community.
The Gawad Kasambahay 2023 Awards Ceremony was an extraordinary event that celebrated the remarkable contributions of domestic workers in Dubai. By recognizing their exceptional dedication and achievements, the ceremony promoted a culture of appreciation and respect for the invaluable services provided by these individuals to households and communities alike.