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Making it big overseas is a feat. Not everyone has the guts and the right attitude to hurdle all the challenges that come with success. But with the right attitude and perspective, it is always possible.

One Filipino is now living his dream: being a fashion stylist in the glorious city of Dubai.

Edward Taculog was born in Ilocos Sur. His first dream was to become a nurse, a passion which he fervently followed. He passed the nursing board exams and served in his home city as a nurse at the Central Ilocos Sur District Hospital.

But fate had other plans for him. From being a caring nurse, Edward began to embrace another passion, this time for fashion.

In September 2010, Edward embarked on an arduous journey to reach his dream. He flew to Dubai and tried his luck as a stylist there. His hard work paid off and now, he is reaping the fruits of his labor.

Today, he is a model booker and in-house stylist at Diva Modeling and Events. He has worked hand-in-hand with the bigwigs in fashion for different collaborations including designer Ezra Santos for the Thailand Tourism campaign.

In an exclusive interview with The Filipino Times, Edward Taculog shared snippets of his success story.

TFT: You were a nurse back home. Did you find it difficult to make the shift from nursing to fashion?

Edward: It’s not that challenging, because I know that I love fashion and styling. Though sometimes, I miss working in the hospital because felt fulfilled after being of help to other people.

TFT: How is it working away from home, working in Dubai?

Edward: I find working in Dubai challenging but at the same time, rewarding. Dubai is a multicultural city where you need to deal with lots of people of different nationalities, people who have different perception about life.

On one hand, working here is challenging because I have to adapt to different norms. You can’t just do anything you want here. You have to adhere strictly to rules, you have to learn how to behave and go for what is right. In the process, you end up as a disciplined citizen. You also have to let go of your ego. This will help you overcome whatever challenges you face, not just here in Dubai but in any country you work in.

TFT: What’s the secret to making it big overseas?

Edward: I never considered myself big here in Dubai. I’d rather consider myself as an expat who loves to experiment and create lasting impact to fellow Filipinos.

TFT: Who is your role model or inspiration?

Edward: In fashion, I look up to Michael Cinco. He is a Filipino pride. He transforms brides to beautiful princesses on their wedding day.

I also look up to my dad. He taught me everything I know. He made sure that I would grow up to be God-fearing and responsible.

TFT: Lastly, any advice to fellow Filipinos who long to be successful in their respective fields overseas?

Edward: Dreams do come true. Let go of your fears, your ego. Work hard and everything else will follow.

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