I came from Santiago, Ilocos Sur, Philippines on February 10th 1976 to be an auxiliary nurse at the Royal Hospital. I wanted to come to the UK because I saw that our neighbours who had come had been successful and they were living an abundant life.
The requirement to come over was to have two years hospital work experience. But back then, I only had one and a half years work experience. Luckily, the doctor gave me a reference for two years work so then my application got approved! My sister helped me organise all my papers so that by the time I came over, they were already waiting for me to work with them. I only applied for a Nursing Auxiliary role. It’s called a carer today.
My mum and dad said if they knew I wanted to go, they would have just broken my legs so that I couldn’t leave! When we were at the airport, my mum was crying. I also wanted to cry, but I held it in and didn’t want to show them.