Isabelle Daza Pens Children's Book "Yaya Luning," A Tribute To Her Longtime Nanny
"A yaya has a special place in a child's heart," she said
Yaya, ate, manang, nanay, 'nay—kids (even those who have have already grown into full-fledged adults) have a hundred and one names for them, but the experience of growing up with a beloved yaya is one and the same.
Having experienced this very special bond between a nanny and her alaga as a child, teenager, and now, almost a mother of two, Isabelle Daza wrote children's book Yaya Luning as a tribute to her own yaya. Yaya Luning was Isabelle's nanny growing up and remained with her family years after, even meeting Isabelle's firstborn Balthazar and excitedly expecting baby number two with her.
The book, which has yet to find a publisher, isn't just about her experiences with her second mother, though.
It's meant to capture a deeply Filipino experience for many children and emphasizes the need to give importance and dignity to yayas everywhere. Seeing firsthand how dedicated yayas are—often sacrificing time to be with their own children to care for another family's—she aimed to elevate their status to an extended, family member from just an outsourced caregiver. Additionally, Isabelle Daza wrote children's book Yaya Luning to "remind parents that yayas need some love and care as well."
For those who follow her on social media, this touching tribute to Yaya Luning isn't surprising at all.
Isabelle Daza, as well as her little sister Ava Daza and cousins Georgina and Jess Wilson and Martine Cajucom, all grew up being loved by, and loving, Yaya Luning, enough to treat her like an aunt. Over the years, Yaya Luning has traveled with their family to more cities and countries than the ordinary person and has always played a big part in family milestones—engagements, weddings, baby arrivals, and birthdays included.
She even has her own Instagram account that documents her proud yaya moments with her alagas.
Isabelle Daza wrote children's book Yaya Luning as a follow-up to her first piece of children's media she released last year.
In 2020, she came out with Tralala The Tiger, a character that stars in an animated book she penned that explains the COVID-19 crisis to young children.
The inquisitive little cat has since become the center of other children-focused passion projects of hers. He's starred in a few web episodes teaching kids about current events like typhoons and how to help typhoon-stricken communities, the sacrifices of front liners, and even self-acceptance.
Family dynamics and children's care have always been close to Isabelle's heart. She majored in Early Childhood Education in college and was a preschool teacher before becoming a showbiz personality and entrepreneur.
Photos from @isabelledaza @yayaluning