Yaya Ging has been with the Camacho family for thirty years. She started out as a nanny to the Camacho siblings—Leo, Greggy, Migs and Ted. As her alagas grew up, Yaya Ging has re-focused her energies from babysitting to managing the entire household. Slowly, she discovered her passion for baking then gradually made noise in the baking world with her rich, chewy brownies and her moist chocolate cakes.
What used to be your daily house tasks? I am the yaya to all the Camacho siblings so I was in charge of taking care of them as babies—preparing their food, bathing them, dressing them up; and when they started growing up as students, I had to make sure they woke up on time for school and prepared their baon.
My employers, the Camachos, saw my potential as a cook so they gladly enrolled me at Sylvia Reynoso’s school. I started learning about cooking regular everyday meals then eventually moved to baking pastries.
What are your specialties? What’s your daily routine like? I’m really proud of my chocolate cake and brownies. On Monday mornings, I wake up early to plan the menu for the week for the Camacho family. After planning the family’s meals, I instruct the younger household helpers to prepare breakfast for the family. I just make sure that the family eats on time--and on special occasions, I make sure their favorite meals are served.