Woman of Change: Vagelyn T. Federico

vagelyn pic 2Vagelyn Tumbaga-Federico is Director of Human Resources at Dusit Thani Dubai.

I am very active with all the social community services in the UAE. When I was the General Manager of Acacia Hotel, I supported the liver transplant of one Filipino Child “ Baby Iya” and all fund raising projects were supported by Acacia Hotel under my leadership.

I always initiated in my company to support the fund raising programs of different associations and communities especially the Filipino Community who were in jail and who needs medical assistance. The last fund raising program that I initiated through Acacia Hotel and Ice Land Water Park was almost 200,000 AED which were given to all Filipino beneficiaries in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

It is my nature to help people. I think of others first before myself. My dad taught me before to give rather than to receive. That’s why I feel I am so blessed because I always share whatever I received from God. I love my profession because it leads me the way to help people and reach out to those who are in need. I have the power and authority to decide what is best for my staff and how I can be beneficial to the community and to others. I have given many jobs to our jobless countrymen way back home and in the UAE.

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.

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Pinoy Lensman Randy M. Legaspi

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Mina A’ Salam at Madinat Jumeirah during the blue hour. photo by Randy M. Legaspi

Lou Olvido Parroco: A Woman of Vision and Integrity

????????“Apart from my distinct fingerprint and DNA,” this extraordinary lady jokingly said, “I honestly do not think I am that unique.”

 Low profile yet known in the Arab corporate world, Lou Olvido Parroco, a senior level HR manager with 18 years broad-based and progressively responsible experience in management and human resources, though highlights some of her traits that she’s happy to have.

 “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.”

Many individuals who have worked with her are amazed by her ability to communicate effectively and effortlessly work with numbers with her strong analytical skills. Yes, not so many have both abilities and interest to excel in both subjects.

Lou possesses that proven ability to work with senior management team to integrate the human resource function within the business operating strategy.  She is well-experienced in department start-ups, high-growth operations and organization restructuring, both in local and multi-national organizations.

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Pinoy Entrepreneur: Laarni de Leon Eugenio

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For Dubai-based royal wedding stage designer and event planner Laarni de Leon Eugenio, the springboard for success of any once in a lifetime event depends on how you triumphantly create something remarkable.

Laarni has been in the business for two decades and she still falls in love with what she does every single day. She practices by heart the value of working smart not just working hard. She started as Project Manager of Petals in Dubai from 1988 to 2000 then as Event Organizer at Lava from 2001 to 2007.

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.

Eros Goze: Top Fashion Photographer

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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.

“Impress the client with technical merit, stylistic merit, or shock them. Break a rule or taboo. Make them remember you,” said Eros, who was born in Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines.

Relocating to Dubai is so far one of the best decisions he has made for his career. From 2007 to 2012, he worked as a Fashion Designer with the Farfalla Haute Couture. In 2012, he partnered with a professional friend to establish the Playground FZ LLC.

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Ed Cabading: Teaching Pinoys for Free

Picture1He 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.

Born in 1964 in Manila, Edmundo A. Cabading is just happy to share with what he has learned. He also conducts trainings for other groups like PICPA and FilHR among many organizations which tap his expertise in information technology.

At present he serves as Vice President for Education of FDA. As a certified MS Excel trainer, he is knowledgeable of Core, Expert, Superior, master and VBA in Excel. He said he volunteer his time and talent to help his fellow Filipino citizens acquire skills in computer.

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Pinoy Entrepreneur: Joan Alcudia

armani1Life 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.

In 1991, she earned her degree in Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Accounting from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City. She worked with the Coral Reef Hotel, a class “AAA” exclusive resort in Mactan, Cebu, from 1992 to 1996 – first as Guest Relations Officer, then as Front Office Staff and Executive Assistant to the General Manager and Chairman of the Board.

Chito Pachica: My passion tells a story one click at a time

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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.

 Chito Pachica is an IT professional but he decided to make his passion his profession hence he works as a fulltime photographer. “I don’t take photos; I capture moments,” said Chito, an active member of the Filipino Professional Photographers

Chito, 35, took his B. S. Electronics and Communications Engineering in 2002 at the University of the East. A team player, flexible and adventurous, he has been widely recognized for his wide experience in events, fashion, product, architecture, portfolio, wedding and sports photography. He was commended as outstanding employee in his previous company.

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Flor Pesigan: Award-Winning Pinay Artist in Middle East

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Honestly, she does not know what she would be if she’s not an artist today. This Flordeliza Pesigan admitted adding it’s just how she is designed to be. “I breathe art.” And yet, 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. Very recently, Flor moved out of UAE.

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