Becoming a lawyer has always been Lorraine Marie F. Alfonso’s dream. However, due to her family’s fear of her safety—being an only child—she was convinced and take up another road that eventually took her to where she is right now.
Alfonso has been very busy because apart from being an EMT and a medical instructor for Dubai Corporation of Ambulance Service, she is also a co-founder of Hayat Institute; co-founder of Takhlees Business Services; CEO of The Filipino Hub; co-founder of Platinum Exhibitions Management (The Street Market); and vice-chairman of LAMA Group.
Alfonso, during college, took up nursing. Although it didn’t satisfy her at first, one day, she revived a patient and made an effort to come back to give thank her. That was at that very moment she knew she was destined to be a nurse.
She was an emergency room nurse before at the Dubai Ambulance and was promoted to her current position.
“The rush of every emergency is what made my day every day meaningful. I have always envisioned that one day, I will have my own medical training centre. I think teaching became the avenue for me to exercise the ‘lawyer’ in me. The training centre evolved and eventually gave birth to a business consultancy company, which led to events and exhibitions,” she added.
Alfonso’s parents were both overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and since being a nurse is not one of the most celebrated professions in the Philippines, she has decided to join them abroad. “The scenario for my chosen profession in the Philippines was not encouraging at that time. The chances of professional growth were scarce. However, leaving your home country, the dilemma is real,” she added.
While working in a government agency, she took the opportunity to throw her hat in the entrepreneurial ring. “Being an entrepreneur allows me to grow, to explore, and to learn more in aspects I have not really imagined. Every time a successful project goes through, the sense of satisfaction that I have made it from scratch is overwhelming which drives me to want to learn more,” she further added.
The LAMA group, through the Hayat Institute and The Filipino Hub, continues to deliver community health awareness programs and campaigns for the general public. Further, Takhlees Business, along with the Platinum Exhibition Management, continues to champion home-based entrepreneurs to join exhibitions.
“This may sound cliché, but the struggle is part of life. Perseverance and faith will always get you through, know that your current situation is not your final destination. Continue to push forward, continue to keep the faith, do not lose hope, and do not give up,” Alfonso said.
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