Filipina nurse Charito Romano, a recipient of the British Empire Medal from Queen Elizabeth II said that her triumph is not just for herself but for all Filipinos working hard all over the world.
Ms. Romano, who works at the Artbrook House, a facility that provides specialized medical care for those with serious illnesses and therefore vulnerable to COVID-19, in Surrey, South East England, was included in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honor List for her efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Filipina Nurse Recipient of the British Empire Medal: ‘English People Appreciate Us’
According to Ms. Romano, her triumph is not just for herself but for all Filipinos working hard all over the world, GMA News Online reported.
“Maswerte tayo dito sa England because English people really appreciate us, especially [the] Queen [We are lucky here in England because the people here really appreciate us, especially (the) Queen].” Romano shared.
“Hindi matatawaran ang mararamdaman mo sa paga-appreciate nila sa atin [There’s nothing quite like it – the way they (English people) make you feel appreciated here,” she added.
“I was surprised and thankful as well,” the nurse said. “It’s mixed emotions, you know … I can’t explain the feeling, really.”
In line with this, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III thanked the United Kingdom for giving the award to Romano.
“Binabati ko po at pinapapasalamatan ang nagpamahagi ng karangalan na binigay sa ating bansang Pilipinas. Nais ko ulit pasalamatan ang nagbigay ng award sa kanya,” Bello said.
Romano, a staff nurse at Artbrook House Care Home in Surrey, hails from Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, and has been working in the United Kingdom for almost two decades.
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