Filipino Driver and Housemaid Re-enact Romeo and Juliet in Saudi Arabia

Filipino Driver and Housemaid Re-enact Romeo and Juliet in Saudi Arabia
Tue 31-12-2013

2 Saudi families who employ a Filipina housemaid and a Filipino driver decided to re-enact the famous Romeo and Juliette play by English playwright William Shakespeare but with a happy ending.

Instead of drinking poison and unite in death after failing to marry in life, the Philippine couple drank beverage to mark their wedding following an 18 year love story that swept through the two families and most of their neighborhood in Riyadh.

The wedding was funded by the Saudi families.

"It was in contrast with the image characterizing Saudi families that they mistreat their maids," the Arabic language daily Sharq said.

"The employers of the Filipina maid and their neighbors who employ the Filipino driver met and decided to stage a big wedding for the couple…it was held in a rest house and attended by many people, mostly maids and drivers."

The paper said the marriage was arranged by the Philippine embassy in Riyadh, adding that the two Saudi families decided to allow the maid and her new husband to meet regularly in a way that will interfere with their jobs.