News anchor and television host Korina Sanchez is mourning the death of her nanny, who passed away on Monday night, March 8. She was 73.
The Rated K host announced the sad news via her Instagram page, where she shared a photo of her beloved Nanay Fe.
"Our Nanay Fe left us tonight. She joins my Mom and Dad and my brother for a reunion she told us she was ready for," wrote Korina.
She went on to pay tribute to Nanay Fe who had been her nanny since she was four.
"Imagine this 17 year old girl from Tacloban finding a job as yaya to a feisty little girl named Korina. I think she was challenged. Since then she refused to leave our family," she began.
"Her victory came when I landed on TV. She never told me. I just know. And then when I took the reins and led my family the way my parents would’ve wanted. Another victory for her was when I got married. And then kids! She never thought. That’s just me thinking this," she said.
"She actually took care of all my three younger brothers and their families after me. Many victories for her there, too," she continued.
According to Korina, they had been planning to throw a celebration for Nanay Fe to thank her for the "50 years in dedicated, selfless service to our family."
"We were planning a bash for her to say Thank You. But there've been many, many Thank You’s exchanged all these years. Still not enough," she said.
"I share this with you as a reminder we all should never waste time in conversing with our loved ones. Especially the elderly," she continued. "They long to converse and share their thoughts. But we are often too busy. Don’t wait."
"True Mothers need not be blood. What a woman Fe Mazo was, and will forever be in our hearts. Paalam Nanay. Till we meet again," she added.
Back in 2019, as she marked the 72nd birthday of Nanay Fe, Korina said it's a blessing to have someone love her family this much for this long.
"A Cebuana whose first job in Manila as a young lady was an all-around househelp and yaya. Hindi na nag-asawa o nag-anak. She certainly earned her Nanay status with the Sanchez Family. She was also the loyalist to both my parents who she cared for till they both passed away in 2004," she said.
"We love her, Nanay Fe. Irreplaceable," she added.