Joseph Schooling's Pinay nanny Auntie Yolly calls him 'waterboy'

IMAGE Courtesy of The Straits Times

Yolanda Pascual, or Auntie Yolly, on Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling: "He has a very strong will; if he wants something, he'll get it."

Yolanda Pascual ang tunay na pangalan ni Auntie Yolly, ang Filipina nanny na nagpalaki at kinikilalang pangalawang ina ng Olympic gold medalist na si Joseph Schooling.

Si Schooling ang Singaporean na tumalo sa American swimmer na si Michael Phelps sa 100-meter butterfly swimming category ng 2016 Rio Olympics.

Pinahalagahan ng The Straits Times, ang leading newspaper sa Singapore, ang malaking impluwensiya at kontribusyon ni Auntie Yolly kay Schooling sa pamamagitan ng isang interview at artikulo na isinulat ng reporter na si Jean Iau.

“Waterboy” ang term of endearment ni Auntie Yolly kay Schooling, na isang taon pa lamang nang alagaan niya.

Pahayag ni Auntie Yolly sa phone interview sa kanya ng The Straits Times tungkol sa 21-year-old Olympic champion: “I've always believed in him. I was watching and shouting for him.

“I cannot express how happy I am... I was jumping and crying after he won.”

Sabi pa ng 56-year-old nanny, “When I miss him, I read our messages (on the phone). He's like my own son.”


Nineteen years nang naglilingkod si Auntie Yolly sa mga Schooling na kapamilya na ang turing sa kanya.

Paglalarawan pa niya kay Joseph, “He was playful like all boys, but (has) always been loving and caring and a very good boy. He never shouts at me or anybody.”

Mayroon din daw siyang newspaper clippings ng tungkol kay Joseph.

“He'll always say 'I want to be No. 1.’

“I remember once we were watching (Michael) Phelps on TV, he told me he wanted to be there and be like him, and I knew he could do it.

“He has a very strong will; if he wants something, he'll get it.”

Inalala rin ni Auntie Yolly ang kabataan ni Joseph.

“When friends asked (him) to go out, he usually couldn't because he had practice early the next day.”

Kapag nakakaramdam daw ng pressure o pagod ang kanyang alaga ay nasa tabi lang nito si Auntie Yolly.

“He told me when he was very tired, and I'd give him a massage.

“Even now, when he comes back, he still asks for massages and he's still like the young boy he was before he left.”





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