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'Welcome home': Michael Buble gifts house to Filipina carer who looked after his grandfather

The Grammy-winning singer renovated his grandfather's home for 'Celebrity IOU' before giving it to caregiver Minette

Michael Buble with Minette, in his grandfather's former home that he gifted to the Filipina caregiver. Property Brothers / Facebook
Michael Buble with Minette, in his grandfather's former home that he gifted to the Filipina caregiver. Property Brothers / Facebook

Grammy-winning crooner Michael Buble has given his grandfather's home as a gift to the Filipina healthcare worker who cared for his relative. Minette looked after Buble's grandfather for eight years, up until his death in December 2018.

Caregiver Minette's elegant new Vancouver home was first built by Buble's maternal grandfather, Don Demetrio Santanga, 50 years ago. It was then renovated extensively by the Home singer and 'Property Brothers' Jonathan and Drew Scott as part of Celebrity IOU.

The reality show features celebrities who renovate and then give properties as gifts to people who have had a major impact on their lives, with Brad Pitt, Jeremy Renner and Rebel Wilson among the stars who have taken part.

In his episode, which was released last week, Buble reveals he wanted to fulfil his grandfather's dying wish by taking care of Minette.

"My grandfather, his greatest wish was not just that this house was kept in the family but that this would be your home because he loved you so much," the singer told the caregiver in the episode.

Buble, 44, said Minette had given years of service to his family, all the while sending money home to her family in the Philippines. So, while the caregiver made a visit back home to the South-East Asian country, the singer worked with the Celebrity IOU team to overhaul the '70s home.

“My grandfather went from a little bit resentful [about having a nurse] to absolutely becoming one of her best friends, and she became family almost instantly," Buble recalled in the episode.

“Here was this really compassionate, kind empathetic human being with a great sense of humour, a great zest for life, who sort of never did anything for herself.

“I think my grandpa would be thrilled knowing that we could maybe lessen the burden a little bit in allowing Minette to continue helping her family without it being so hard on her.”

Buble had told Minette he was filming a documentary about himself and his grandfather, in a ruse to get her in front of the camera.

Stepping in to the renovated property, the Haven't Met You Yet singer simply told the healthcare worker: "Welcome home."

Minette, who said she normally did not cry, was brought to tears by the gesture.

“It is so much, really, really so much," she said.“I have no words right now. It hasn't sunk in yet. It's beautiful, beautiful.”

Updated: May 10, 2020 03:38 PM

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