OFW STORIES

FILIPINA WOMEN OF CHANGE

Vagelyn Tumbaga-Federico The advantages of being in my post is that I can able to train, motivate, empower and recognize people in my organization. I believe it is very important being a leader to see that your employees progress in their career and they develop themselves to be somebody like me in the near future. I love to see others succeed in their career through my guidance and leadership.

Brigette Mazo-Tagure Personally, doing a service for the community helps obtain the opportunity to interact and meet new people. I once worked in the remote places of UAE. Surprisingly, there are quite a number of elderly people, sick, and never sought medical attention, regardless of the country’s free medical services for locals. My former job was a test out on my career field, and I saw that this fits my own personality. There is nothing as comfortable and satisfying than giving yourself, whether it for time or money or both.

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Amabella S. Ong We have come up with the idea of doing a walkathon in conjunction with the world heart day celebration of that year. It was the first time for the hospital to have that kind of event and there were a lot of challenges. We were able to tap both government and private institutions in partnership with us. In summary, we were able to have around 800 participants for the walkathon, started an awareness campaign on how important walking is on ones cardiovascular health and that the community has a partner on their way to health and wellness and that is IMH.

Anna Marie M. Dawis You work hard and you get paid well, you can send money back home everyone is happy and you sleep well at night. But to be able to find a good job and good employer is another story.  A good employer to me is a blessing.This is one of the many reasons why I try to share in my own way quietly from time to time.  We need to give something back somehow, no matter how small.

Raquel Aquino During my three years of stay in Dubai, I was able to see and feel how difficult life is. I don’t go and visit the consulate that much that’s why I am not that much aware of our unfortunate OFW’s being held in OWWA’s care. “God thus use people as instruments for others…a very close friend of mine told me about the situation of our kababayans in OWWA and the moment I knew it, I thought that indeed I am lucky that I have landed in a very good company.”

Lou Olvido-Parroco My husband and I are both passionate about getting involved with humanitarian and community projects since our university years.  Here in the UAE, we are active members of the Couples for Christ community and of numerous Filipino organizations where we get the opportunity to be a part of many humanitarian projects.

Wella Manabo I work so hard and really strive to be successful because I came from a poor family. Therefore, in many ways, I am able to relate to people who suffer from the harsh realities of life. I understand their pain. I also understand that if I manage to succeed in my chosen career and in my business ventures I will be able to help and reach out to those in need in a more substantial way, and I fervently hope that I may inspire people to do the same. I have learned to give not because I have too much, but because I know the feeling of not having.

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INTERVIEW WITH PROUD PINAYS AT WORK

Franceska Marie Monfero is Account Manager for Marketing and Public Relations of Gulf Reps. Marie has been in the industry for more than 5 years now. She started her career in 2006 but entered the travel and tourism industry in 2007 when she moved back to Dubai.

Jennifer Malapitan-Aguinaldo  is a Senior Analyst at MEED. Jen works for the research and advisory arm of a British firm providing business intelligence in the Middle East. The company was founded in 1957 so it’s among the oldest and most reputable companies in the region.

Laarni de Leon Eugenio is Chief Executive Officer of Ariel’s Design. Confident and fully aware of her capabilities, this Dubai-based royal wedding stage designer and event planner and her better-half teamed-up and established in 2007 the Ariel Wedding and Organizing, also known as Ariel’s Design, mostly a design business for wedding stages. There had been frustrations but they never gave up. With one warehouse, their company has matured and expanded into three warehouses with more than a dozen staff.

Roleth Fernandez has been in Dubai for the last 5 years starting as a Personal Assistant to the Managing Director then she was promoted as a Sales and Procurement Coordinator. This year, she was hired in Ecolab Gulf as Customer Service Executive which is under the Customer Support department.

Karen Bisana-Tolentino is HR and Administratiion Manager at TEKAB CO. LTD. Celebrating 11 years of continued service to one company, she started working with TEKAB from 2003 as a Receptionist-cum-Telephone Operator and Secretary in which after 3 years, was promoted to become the Executive Assistant to the Managing Director where she served another 7 years and now once again has moved to a higher post as the HR and Administration Manager of the company.

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FILIPINO PHOTOGRAPHERS IN UAE

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Eros Goze In the world of fashion and photography, one has to stand out somehow. This has been the guiding principle in the life of a promising Filipino artist who has chosen Dubai as his second permanent home. It was not surprising after all when Eroz Goze, 39, was recently chosen by PAMAS as Photographer of the Year.

Chito Pachica This Filipino achiever who is an expert on club photo shoot, model portfolios, wedding photography  and architectural photography, was one of the winners of 2012 The Spirit of Ramadan Art Contest organized by the Dubai Culture and Arts. His winning entry was titled Fanouz Light.

 

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FILIPINO ACHIEVERS AND TRAILBLAZERS IN THE EMIRATES

Ed Cabading: Teaching Pinoys for Free He is a certified Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) in MS Excel. Yet, he teaches for free every Friday for computer classes organized by the Filipino Digerati Association (FDA) in Ajman, Sharjah, Deira and Karama.

Joan Alcudia: Life is Beautiful Life is beautiful no matter its complexities. This has been the motivating factor, on a day to day basis, when this business executive and career woman wakes up at 7 in the morning. Joan dela Victoria Alcudia is an astute professional with over 15 years of rich and diverse experience in customer service, administration, hospitality and training proficiency in overseeing smooth operation to maintain minimal or zero customer complaints.

Lou Olvido-Parroco: A Lady of Vision and Integrity I am happy that I have the ability to listen more — with my heart; this is because most people nowadays tend to talk more and hardly listen.  I am happy to see myself enjoy more when giving than receiving, perhaps because I know the overwhelming joy of receiving especially when one has nothing simply because I’ve been there.

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Laarni de Leon-Eugenio: Filipina Entrepreneur Confident and fully aware of her capabilities, she and her better-half teamed-up and established in 2007 the Ariel Wedding and Organizing, also known as Ariel’s Design, mostly a design business for wedding stages. There had been frustrations but they never gave up. With one warehouse, their company has matured and expanded into three warehouses with more than a dozen staff.

FILIPINO ARTISTS IN UAE, MIDDLE EAST AND USA

Flor Pesigan: Award-Winning Pinay Artist Makes Mark in Dubai  Flordeliza, who has been in Dubai for 15 years now, finds fulfillment in being considered as one of the respected artist in Dubai art scene. Her works now adore the offices of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi amongst other private collections internationally.

 

FILIPINO ORGANIZATIONS IN UAE

Filipino Digerati Association The motto that brings Digerati to greater heights is “Connecting Filipinos through Technologies.” Digerati members are keen to the goals of the organization and all volunteers are genuine to go for the objective. Hence, the club continues to strive and reach out to all Filipinos in UAE and provides free services through sharing knowledge about digital technologies, personal and professional developments. True to its mission, it offers high-quality computing, office procedural, speaking and personal development programs that help students and members to further promote and advance careers in all professions.

 

 

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