Maria Luz Maestre, or “Yaya” as she’s affectionately referred to, has been a part of the Fajardo/Valenciano family since the early 1980s. A native Filipino, she began working as a babysitter at age 13 after dropping out of school to help her financially strapped family. In May 1981, Maria began working for the Fajardo family, where she met Pia and began a relationship that has continued for more than three decades. Yaya has cared for two generations of children in their family, including a now-grown Pia, her sisters and all of Pia’s children.
The Valencianos feel it’s time to repay Yaya for her many years of love and devotion by giving something back. Laila and the Home Made Simple team transform her small, humble bedroom into a stylish, relaxing retreat where she can retire at the end of a busy day.