If there’s someone other than Iza Calzado’s family who stayed and supported her in the middle of her fight with COVID-19, it was Donna Garcia, her kasambahay for two and a half years.
In the pilot episode of ‘Paano Kita Mapapasalamatan’ on the Kapamilya Channel hosted by Judy Ann Santos, Iza showed her gratitude and appreciation to her loyal kasambahay by giving her the key to their home—a home that will forever open its doors, whatever happens to her. (Read: How to be fair and open with your kasambahay? Ask Isabelle Daza!)
According to Donna, she was already being asked by her family to return to her province after finding out that Iza has been hospitalized due to COVID-19. But it wasn’t an option for the loyal kasambahay, who knew that the actress will need her more than ever because of the pandemic.
“Nalaman ko lang pag-uwi ko na noong time pala na iyon [na may COVID-19 ako], pinauuwi na pala siya ng pamilya niya,” Iza said. “Siyempre, worried sila sa kanya. Hindi ko maiaalis iyon dahil ikaw, alam mong mayroon kang kamag-anak na posibleng na-expose sa COVID, magwo-worry ka rin.”
Loyalty and Trust
Iza also shared that more than anything, it is Donna’s years-long of faithful service and patience in helping her take care of her younger brother that made her trust and love Donna more. And as a symbol of her loyalty and love, Iza decided to give Donna a copy of their house key, saying that the kasambahay is welcome at any time. (Read: A Bond Thicker than Blood: Yaya Didang and the Barretto Family)
“Donna, paano ba kita mapasasalamatan? Hindi ko alam kung sapat ba ang mga salita, ang yakap, at kung anuman na puwede kong ibigay sa iyo. Ang dami mong isinakripisyo para sa amin. Sa amin mo ibinigay iyong pagmamahal mo at taos-puso akong nagpapasalamat,” the actress said.
“Pinatunayan mo na hindi lang employer-employee ang relationship natin, na posibleng maging iisang pamilya tayo. At dahil doon, sana tanggapin mo ang isang simbolo na ibibigay ko sa iyo. Ito ay ang susi ng bahay. Bahay natin ito. Dahil anuman ang mangyari sa buhay, saan man tayo dalhin nito, tandaan mo na may susi ka sa bahay namin. Parte ka ng bahay na ito. Dahil iyan sa pagmamahal at malasakit na ibinigay mo sa amin,” Iza added.