Pinoy Pro: Ian Paul Medalle

Ian Paul Medalle is Manager for Data Base and Data Quality of Oetker Collection, the most inspiring selection of masterpiece hotels in the world. It is privately owned and headquartered in Baden-Baden, Germany. 

His post allows him to look after the entire collection’s portfolio including those of Hotel Le Bristol, Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Château St Martin and Spa, Palais Namaskar, St. Barth Isle de France, Brenner’s Park Hotel and Spa, and L’Apogée. He has been in the hospitality industry since 1996 way back in Mactan, Cebu.

Ian Paul Medalle pixAmong the different fields, why did you choose your profession? – I love to see people happy and feel great when I see people smile.  Also the love of beautiful architecture and interior design, amazing locations, and the finer things in life being offered in luxury hotels.

What do you like about what you do? What do you dislike? – I currently like the challenge of going into details, setting up guidelines, looking for new technology to improve systems.  There is nothing I dislike about what I do, but maybe the slow response of some of the people I work with.

What do you think are the advantages of being in your profession? – I get to travel a lot, enjoy experiencing beautiful and amazing hotels, sample delicious cuisines, and meet all kinds of people. I grow personally by these interactions and knowing that there is so much to do in our line of work.

 What are the qualifications or skills needed in a job like this?  What advice would you offer someone considering this career? – Being in the hospitality industry, you need to be open to change, have perseverance, the ability to multi-task, and most importantly have a real passion in serving people.  A degree would be great if you want to achieve higher management but from my experience, I learned by life’s greatest teachers – Experience, Hard Work, Patience and believing in yourself that there is always an opportunity to do better or the best.

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Pinoy Pro: Ace Roger Labuac

ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE ADMINISTRATION

Ace Roger Labuac is  Business Analyst of Goodyear Tires MEA (Middle East & Africa). He is  in charge of financial planning and pricing of the commercial business unit, supporting the Business Unit Director in achieving volume and profit targets. 

“The company has been driven by a clear vision and mission, coupled with open communication and transparency from the top management all the way to the ranks. Everyone is treated with respect and dignity, and each one’s opinion is being listened to and heard.”

Ace YachtPlease mention just one of the most exciting projects you’ve been involved to. Why? – I am involved in the annual operations planning process and this have been an exciting journey for me as it shows how teamwork and cooperation can produce outstanding results. Even if the group consists of people from different backgrounds, a clear sense of purpose sets everything straight and makes everyone accountable, hence the excellent outputs.

Among the different fields, why did you choose your profession? – I enjoy numbers and being able to influence decisions because of what the numbers say. I have been working for 6 years already since 2007.

 What do you think are the advantages of being in your profession? – The advantage of being a finance professional is the satisfaction that one gets, it is a critical role in the organization, being the interpreter of the company’s financial results. Also, it’s a career that is present in all companies regardless of the industry… they all need accountants and finance professionals.

What are the qualifications or skills needed in a job like this?  What advice would you offer someone considering this career?For someone considering to be in the field of finance & accounting, assess yourself as to whether you enjoy “playing” with numbers to drive business performance.

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Pinoy Pro: Francis Rey Apo  

OFFICE ADMINISTRATION AND HUMAN RESOURCE

Francis Rey is currently working for Hitachi Consulting located in Dubai Internet City. “We are a global consulting company, with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Hitachi Consulting is a recognized leader in delivering proven business and IT strategies and solutions to Global 2000 companies across many industries. The company earned Diamond level partner status, the highest ranking available in the Oracle Partner Network (OPN) Specialized program.” 

“My main tasks as an Administration Executive are in line with my duties as PRO and HR – visa processing, flight and hotel bookings for our UAE staff and visitors, company trade license, office license and insurance renewals; Finance duties such as salary processing, bill payments, bank transactions, transaction reporting; Purchasing office supplies; Facilities Management; and Events Coordination.”

4 Leisure time 2013Among the different fields, why did you choose (your profession)? In choosing a job or profession, I look for something that is available and in-demand, something where I’m qualified, something I enjoy, something where I would grow and something where I could earn and provide for the family.

What do you like about what you do? What do you dislike? I love everything I do in my current job. I don’t have any dislikes but I find it challenging dealing with difficult people.

What do you think are the advantages of being an Administration Executive? Being an Administration Executive in our company gives me the opportunity to learn more about office management. The experience and skills that I’m learning may help me in the future if ever I decided to put up my own business. I also get to work directly with a wide range of individuals at all levels – regular staff, management and directors, external clients and suppliers.. so this can make the job varied and interesting.

What are the qualifications or skills needed in a job like this?  What advice would you offer someone considering this career? In an administrative role, leadership, organization, time management and people skills are needed. An administrator must have good communication skills both in oral and in written; must have excellent knowledge of computer applications; must have the ability to multitask and to prioritize tasks; has excellent record keeping and attention to details; and ability to handle pressure. For those who are considering a career in Administration, I advise them to develop their confidence by practicing speaking skills and dressing smart. Practice by being self organized, sorting out every detail of your life. If you enjoy paper works, filing, coordination, placing orders, reporting, sorting out hotel and travel arrangements, then this is will be a career you will enjoy.

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Pinoy Pro: Erik Byron R. Briones

WEB DESIGNING

Erik Byron R. Briones has been creating websites since 1999. At present, he is a Senior Web Developer of CPI Media Group, formerly Corporate Publishing International.

“We are a publishing company catering to C level market. Our top magazines are Computer News Middle East which is subscription only, and SME Advisor Middle East. We also have added a few Consumer titles that are successful namely – BBC Good Food Middle East, Mother, Baby and Child.” 

His life in UAE is quite typical for a professional expat. “Everyday,  I go to the office for 9-5 job, and then go home to my wife. Outside the office I try to enjoy as much as I can by playing PC games, watching movies or hanging out with our friends.”

erik01Among the different fields, why did you choose web designing? Being a web designer was half by choice, and by accident. I joined an IT team in our school back in college. To be honest I only joined the group to get FREE internet at home. I started with customer care, then I realized I am not good at talking to strangers, that I opted to join the design team – the web team. This was during college. I grew to love designing websites and creating websites for other people. My first client was a family friend and she was impressed by the Audio/Video presentation I made for her in Flash!

What do you like about what you do? What do you dislike?  I like the psychology of design. Predicting what people will like or dislike in what I do. Giving people the experience, and knowledge out of my websites, and the websites I create for the company. What I dislike? Uneducated inputs. Like when someone says “blue” because I like the color blue.

What do you think are the advantages of being a Web Designer? I am lucky to be in a field where it changes a lot. It does not remain stagnant. What you might know as standard today, is obsolete just a year after. Generally, this is because it involves the internet. I can easily read about stuff relevant to my work via the internet, I can interact with other people, exchange ideas. There are lots of Web Designers/Developers all over the world. The WordPress community alone is more than enough collective knowledge for me to create a WordPress site. I also get to show people exciting stuff. Although sometimes I take it for granted, some people enjoy most of my works which I find – simple and boring.

What are the qualifications or skills needed in a job like this?  What advice would you offer someone considering this career? If there’s one thing I can clearly say is that you do not need to learn from schools to become a Web Designer / Developer. I graduated a Mechanical Engineer. I know of a lot of other programmers and designers that have different educational background. The key thing to hold maybe is to just love making websites, and continue to grow.

You must have a good sense of design and be willing to learn. It is not in what I know now that makes me valuable, but it is in a way that I know how to find solutions to my problems. Read about it. There are lots of Web Designers all over the world. Some of them very young and some of them are in the field for years. There is no sense in competing with the rest of these people. You don’t get hired because you are the best web designer. You get hired because you are a reliable Web designer, that the company knows that they can trust you to deliver a project. Again, read, study, innovate, never say that you can’t do it. Anyone who has a passion for design and the internet can become a Web designer. With tools we have nowadays and the tutorials that are readily available in the web, it should be easy.

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Pinay Pro: Franceska Marie Monfero

MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

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.

MonferoWhy did you choose this profession? This type of job allows me to be creative and meet a lot of interesting people from different walks of life both here in the UAE and in the places that I get to travel to.

What do you like about what you do? What do you dislike?  I also like that I get to handle various accounts and don’t stick to just one; that allows me to become flexible—when it comes to dealing with different types of people who have clear differences when it comes to job requirements. It has also helped develop my problem solving ability by adhering to and submission of various job requirements. I guess working on various accounts all at the same time could have its cons sometimes especially when conflicts arise when it comes to deadlines and schedules.

What do you think are the advantages of being a Marketing and PR Executive? I feel that there are quite a lot of perks being in this industry. My job has, like I mentioned, given me the opportunity to travel to a lot of places in Europe, Asia and around Middle East/North Africa.

What are the qualifications or skills needed in a job like this?  What advice would you offer someone considering this career?  One has got to have a natural sense of creativity in a way that it can translate into the promotions and campaigns that you’d need to plan for and execute. It’s not enough that you just want to become a “marketing practitioner” per se, one’s got to have a complete understanding of the requirements of the job and how it relates to public relations/communications, events, sales, among other. It is inherent that a person naturally loves to meet and interact with people and more importantly, to have an open-mind and a go-getter attitude is a big plus!

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Pinay Pro: Jennifer Malapitan-Aguinaldo

MARKET RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

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.

Jennifer M AguinaldoWhy did you choose this profession? I started out as a journalist covering the information technology (IT) beat for a trade publication in Manila in the mid- 1990s. Then I crossed over to do research when the IT bubble burst in early 2000 and the IT companies’ limited advertising budgets shifted from trade to mainstream publications. So I just sort of stumbled into this kind of job, I did not really consciously choose it or said this was going to be my life-work.

What do you like about what you do? What do you dislike? Learning new things and generating new ideas everyday is part of the job, and it helps when you work with people who are very knowledgeable and smart and who contribute to your growth.

What do you think are the advantages of being an analyst?  I’m not sure. My mother doesn’t even quite understand what I do for a living!

What are the qualifications or skills needed in a job like this?  What advice would you offer someone considering this career? Being inquisitive and being willing to learn an awful lot of stuff in the shortest time possible is the only way one can enjoy this kind of job. I reckon many people wouldn’t consider this fun, but it’s challenging and in certain ways quite rewarding. Building and contributing new knowledge, or actionable intelligence as we usually call it, for your client and for a particular industry is quite a rewarding enterprise.

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Pinay Pro: Laarni de Leon Eugenio

WEDDING, EVENTS PLANNING

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.

qWhy did you choose this profession?  Excitement is in the air the time I would be making wedding stages for royal families. These events demand everyone’s full attention, to the very small and intricate details up to the ostentatious and frequently massive stage decors.

What do you like about what you do? What do you dislike?  I feel fulfilled every time we execute eye catching designs though competition is tough. In this line of business, there will always be that someone who will try to demean our achievements. It may come from the competition or just someone who thinks he can do a better job than we do.”

How long have you been in the service?  I like to think that while the United Arab Emirates continue to attract investors and more designers, we are lucky to have been in this field for a very long time. With our  presence in major wedding events for the past years most people are already familiar with our work or at least have an idea of how we do things. We let our work speak for the company.

What do you think are the advantages of being a stage designer? It gives us opportunity to widen our horizon. Now, Ariel’s enjoys the prestige and honor of having been recognized as an ultimate wedding stage designer in Dubai.

What are the qualifications or skills needed in a job like this?  What advice would you offer someone considering this career? The springboard for success of any once in a lifetime event depends on how you triumphantly create something remarkable. The final output is the key to having a stable market, because it does not matter how grand a stage is in terms of its size, or how long it took to construct. We put the same amount of effort to every stage we make. What matters is the completed project captures the appreciation of the client and anyone else that will see it.”

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Pinay Pro: Roleth P. Fernandez

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Roleth 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.

rolethWhy did you choose this profession? I enjoy trade and business. I myself was a former owner of an online shop and have personally trained myself with shipping and logistics. I enjoy talking to people and getting to know their needs and requirement. I learn new things every day in supply chain and in building customer relationship. I appreciate the complexities of processes and the full operations. I like the planning side. And I feel great whenever I get customers satisfied with the service that I or my organization provides.

 What do you like about what you do? What do you dislike? You learn more about processes and about the people. I like how the sales team, finance and the customers are finding me reliable and dependable all the time. I am happy with the team I am working with.  I do not like the pressure. The time constraint –having so little time but so much more to do. Currently, the people I am working with are very supportive and that makes every minute count.

What do you think are the advantages of being a Customer Service Executive? Advantages will be product knowledge, though I know that I need more product training as we have more than 1000 SKUs presently. You get to be in touch with a lot of people from everywhere in the emirate. You are flexible because your job is important to the company –you are the link to the sales department as well as the finance and of course the heart of the supply chain team.

What are the qualifications or skills needed in a job like this?  What advice would you offer someone considering this career? In terms of skills, I think Filipinos are the brightest in this side of the world. We are flexible, we are easily to be trained, we can relate to whatever nationality. I think not only for this career but in any field that you would like to venture into, you have to have a lot of patience and perseverance. People can knock you down and beat you up but you have to be strong and patient. Especially for a role which requires you to be focused, to be in touch with everybody, to be smart –patience and perseverance is the key. And I also think, an open mind will help a lot.

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Pinay Pro: Karen Bisana-Tolentino

HUMAN RESOURCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Karen Bisana-Tolentino is HR and Administration Manager at TEKAB CO. LTD. based in Dubaia. Celebrating 11 years of continued service to one company, she started working with TEKAB from 2003 as a Receptionist-cum-Telephone Operator and Secretary.

After 3 years, she was promoted to become the Executive Assistant to the Managing Director where she served for another 7 years. She has moved to a higher post as the HR and Administration Manager of the company. 

1Why did you choose this profession? My profession was not really a choice I made from the start; the opportunity came to me when I landed here in UAE. It was the best offer I had at that time, starting as a Receptionist-cum-Telephone Operator, I managed to develop my skills and progressed to a higher position. I have learned to love my job as it has given me the chance to develop my best skill of being people oriented. I believe that the success of every company relies on its people.

What do you like about what you do? What do you dislike? I like almost about everything that I do, especially when challenging situations are presented and one needs to immediately solve these problems. I am always moved to re-assess all possibilities and reach to a decision wherein all parties involved are considered and satisfied. As a Human Resource Personnel, I am tasked to become the mediator between the work force and the management.

What I do dislike however, is when firm decisions need to be taken to be able to manage individuals or situations which continuously become nuisances to the company despite having been given constant notices.

What do you think are the advantages of being an HR professional? I think the advantage of being a HR professional is that the post allows me greater experience in all areas of human resources. Benefits and compensation experience, training and development opportunities, employee relations, learning more about the soft skills, or people skills, from adult learning methodology to motivational techniques and human psychologyare just a few of them.

What are the qualifications or skills needed in a job like this? What advice would you offer someone considering this career? Given the wide range of responsibilities for which HR managers are held accountable, one needs a wide range of skills, abilities and qualifications. HR managers interact with every level within the organization, from the executive-level decision makers to department managers and production staff.

Overall, HR managers should have a combination of education, certification and experience, as well as core competencies that enable effective performance. Since being involved in both strategy and implementation, one should have good communication skills. Additional core competencies also include analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to influence others and manage change.

The best advice that I can offer to someone considering this career is to continuously develop your skills, increase your learning, and frequently interact with the workforce as well as the upper management to be able to perform and achieve your tasks in the most efficient way.

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