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How they did it: Success secrets of 6 Filipinas who made it big in the UAE

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Mar. 08, 17 | 5:46 pm

Every woman has a different interpretation of success depending on their calling in life. Despite this, there’s a certain kind of aura that a focused and determined woman exudes.

It’s true that becoming successful, especially in the so-called man’s world, doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of dedication, and a little bit of luck.

As the whole world celebrates International Women’s Day, we bring you a list of successful overseas Filipino women based in the UAE, whose rags to riches stories can teach you a thing or two about secret essentials to success.

Irene Corpuz TFT 2016 IT Professional of the Year Awardee
Irene Corpuz
Known as “The Iron Lady of IT,” Corpuz not only pursues breakthroughs in Information Technology but also advocates to larger-scope issues like gender equality in the industry .
Currently the Head of IT Security Section at an Abu Dhabi government entity in the UAE, she believes that to be able to achieve a certain kind of work proficiency, balance in terms of gender in the workplace is very important.
“It has been proven in researches that businesses that effectively support gender diversity perform better financially, enjoy exceptional team dynamics, and attain greater productivity. It has been long time since we hope to see women being contributors in the success of organizations particularly in the Technology industry,” she reasoned out in an interview with The Filipino Times.

Rebecca Desiderio
Dr. Rebecca Desiderio
If you would ask Dr. Rebecca Desiderio to choose between career and family, without a blink of an eye, she’d definitely choose the latter.
The current CEO of The Medical City Dubai said that her father was an OFW and had learned the importance of excellence at a yound age.
Winning the Top Executive of the Year at TFT Awards 2016, Desiderio said titles or recognition isn’t fleeting. Investing in acts of service , extending hands to others, are worth more than any titles, she shared.

Susan De Guzman
Susan De Guzman
Hailed as 2016 TFT Artist of the Year, de Guzman is one of the few who has been blessed with a talent that transforms ordinary things into breathtaking masterpieces.
De Guzman shared that she started being passionate with arts and crafts in a very young age. She currently busy working on different exhibition plans for the Philippines, in the UAE, and abroad.
“I will continue to share our history, culture and heritage through art, and to tell the world who we are as Filipinos. Winning the title Artist of the Year means that I have seen my worth as an artist.”

Arlene Pulido
Arlene Pulido
This multi-awarded Filipina is a firm believer of hardwork and dedication.
“If you are unhappy with the life you live in, don’t blame your situation to others. If you don’t want what you’re seeing, do something about it and act on it,” Pulido told The Filipino Times.
Her family didn’t live a comfortable life and oftentimes their neighbors would call her and her siblings “yagit.”

When she won an award in the TFT Awards 2016, she shaid, “This is a great validation of being an expert in my own way in providing awareness and learning opportunities to everyone.”

Louie da Costa
Louie Da Costa
Starting as a traffic reporter for various radio stations and even TV with a company called Trapik.com, Da Costa now serves as a DJ in Tag 91.1 – the first premium radio station launched in the UAE.
But despite her staggering success, Da Costa admits that it wasn’t easy before she scored her break in Virgin Radio Dubai. Just like most first time job hunters, she too, had to go from one office to another, handing out resumes to prospective employers.
She reveals her three mantra for success that includes surrounding yourself with people who make you happy, having faith and being kind.

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Joan Alcudia
The owner of an established confectionery and cake shop in Dubai, Mimoza Cakes & Chocolates, tried her luck in Dubai sometime in 1998.
Proud of her accomplishments, Alcudia shared The Filipino Times in an interview that she continuously challenges herself and believes in transforming to stay afloat on market demands and to stay relevant.
Her tip for Filipinos working abroad? Use their time and hard-earned money wisely by simply investing and learning from their experiences, just like she did.
She adds that being successful is not an easy road and yet she is happy that she quite managed to make herself relevant in the business industry.

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