by Diana Chan-Salitter

Book Cover: The Search for Sally
ISBN: 9798670917896
ISBN: 978-1-7772529-0-8

This is fiction about the current trend of economic migration. With a touch of Philippine history as a background to rural poverty, this is a modern story about a Filipina coming to work in Canada as a nanny to improve her earnings and send money home to help her family. It is a story of ambition, perseverance and love of family.


The two girls walked side by side to the wooded area behind the school after their class ended. They were here to say goodbye. Elena hugged Carina tightly then reluctantly let her go.

"Take care of yourself my good friend. I will miss you very much. Did you tell Miss de Lima that you are quitting school and why you are leaving?" Elena asked.

Carina nodded her head and tried to show a strong demeanor.

"Don't cry Carina. You will be fine. Let's plan our future together. Miss de Lima told us about new opportunities in the city."

Carina brushed away her tears. "I will call when I get a chance." Then she forced a smile hoping to feel better.

"Hey! If I don't see you for a while, don't forget to invite me to your wedding." Then they both giggled.


Elena handed Carina a piece of paper she had torn from her notebook. Elena had sketched a picture of two girls seated by a tree on the beach as a keepsake of their friendship. On the top left edge of the picture it said, "To Carina". At the bottom of the page it was signed, "Your forever friend, Elena." Under her name she had written the landlord's telephone number.

Reviews:Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2020, by Irene Lao wrote:

"I got the book on recommendation from some high school classmates who said the author was from our class. It details the reason why so many Filipinos go abroad to work in menial jobs to support families at home. Having grown up in the Philippines and migrated to the US many years ago, I know the feeling of landing in a different country with few friends and family. The growing population without job opportunities is compounded by the huge income gap with little middle class, years of governmental corruption with no end in sight. The Search for Sally is an attempt to search for answers to this societal problem."

Reviewed in Canada on December 12, 2020, by Richard wrote:

"This book is written from the heart of the writer. About a culture, and a country that is near and dear to her heart and one the author has it in her soul and not just on paper. This pours forth in the text. I look forward to a sequel or Diana's next novel. Congratulations Diana...well done and a great local authored work."

About the Author

Diana graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines. She received a Master’s Degree from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. Diana was Vice President at Philippine Banking Corp, then moved to become First Vice President at the Union Bank of the Philippines. For two years she was a private banker for American Express Bank Ltd. before immigrating to Canada with her family of seven. Diana published a family book, The Lumpia Reunion, covering four generations of her family from 1850 to current descendants of the Chan patriarch. She contributed to “The Kawartha Imagination Project, a CAA Peterborough Anthology published in 2016.