Taking care of animals has always been her passion. When asked about her future plans after her OFW journey, Senior Manager for Events at Rove Hotels Bianca Litonjua said she’s in the process of starting to build an animal sanctuary on some remote places in the Philippines and save the voiceless animals.
The animal advocate makes it a habit to feed the stray cats and dogs in Dubai during her free time or day off. She has been in the UAE for 12 years now and managing all the events happening across the six places owned by Rove Hotels. Through the years, she has developed and nurtured her team and operations from the scratch.
Get to know more Litonjua below as we exclusively interview her recently:
Tell us more about yourself.
I started out as a marketing assistant for a tourism company, then became a personal assistant prior to my success in events which was one of the hardest parts of my career. It was difficult to excel even if your good simple because people don’t believe a Filipina can do the same job as what they do.
I’ve spearheaded multiple partnerships across the hotels including collaborations with top companies. As my company continues to strengthen its ties with the Filipino community, I’ve also managed the first Filipino Food Festival organized by the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai.
Due to her commendable leadership, Rove Hotels won Best Event Spaces in Rove Downtown at the prestigious AHEAD ME Awards in 2017 and Events Venue of the year 2019 from Hotelier Awards for Rove Dubai Marina.
Why did you opt to work overseas?
I wanted a sense of adventure which I was not getting in the Philippines. Here the market is so diverse and competitive that it drives you to push a bit harder.
What do you enjoy about working in this field?
I enjoy the satisfaction of making people smile, for me gatherings and events with any type of culture, nationality is a must. People always long for social interaction especially with the advent of the digital world wherein we are so connected yet disconnected people still look for a wat to become social.
What do you like about working in Dubai?
I love the culture and how safe it is in this country, it’s one of the safest countries! You can see how much they love their people and that the government is working for its people and not the other way around. The work environment is also an A-plus: competitive and diverse.
What were the struggles you have endured while making it to the top?
Working in the Philippines has also been pleasant for me, I never had any struggles working and was overall having a good time. I was young and hungry with a sense of competitive edge. The only things that really turned me off and decide to work abroad are certain laws and rules in the Philippines. Some just don’t fit with my belief, a great example is the contractualization. Although I’ve never experienced it, I just wish that the businesses in our country would take care of their employees more rather than look over profit all the time.
What is your plan after UAE?
I am in the process of starting to build an animal sanctuary in some remote places in the Philippines. My dream is to retire and rescue animals and live with enough money to survive, I don’t dream to be a millionaire, I just want a simple and quiet life.
What is your advice to our kabayans who are struggling now abroad?
Never give up on your dreams no matter how much people are bringing you down. Always get back up 100 times more. Always be kind and be empathic.
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