People’s luck at gambling is varied: sometimes you win, but most of the time you lose. Architect Anthony Tario Austria is one of the many Filipinos who gambled their careers abroad with no assurance of ‘greener pasture’.
Austria, who is currently the managing director of ATA Architects and Design, embarked on a career overseas year 2004 in the Middle East.
A graduate o Mapua University, he became a designer in a prestigious architectural firm in Abu Dhabi, with branches in Dubai, Doha, Jeddah, Muscat, Cairo, and Khartoum.
“Because of a hard life, I have no choice but to gamble my career abroad. I believe if you’re on a survival, the situation you will find means to reach your goal and work hard for it to attain it,” Austria said.
The architect recalled that while he was looking for a job in the Philippines, he used to sell barbecue on the streets of Makati. “After that, I was able to get an internship in an office, also in Makati,” he added.
Managing his business
“Since I have my own business, I enjoy my work because I can maximize my time freely. I am able to spend more time with my family at work,” he further added.
When asked about his reason why he stayed abroad, Austria said that it’s due to the fact that it’s much easier to have an easy life in terms of financial stability.
“I was able to build my own house and was able to buy a car for my family. I was also able to help my mother, siblings, and other relatives in the Philippines,” he said.
Struggles, future, and advice
Austria dreamt of holding to his passion for drawing. Because of this, it became his strength and his source of income to sustain his need in school especially every time he wins in contests.
“Because of my poverty, crayon was the only weapon I used in joining competitions, and in God’s mercy, I won many times. God is good and all-knowing that because of the hardships I encountered, he provided the right way for me to be able to accomplish what seemed impossible for a poor, struggling student to finish college and able to get a license,” he added.
Living the dream of becoming the founder of his company, he admitted that it was his ambition to develop an architectural consultant office.
“I believe that my passion in architectural design and contributing to the world of arts is my goal and everything will follow. My secret only is I always pray to God for I believe this is only the way to succeed in life. Talent is already there but this is not enough. But the wisdom from God is the only way to succeed. Believe yourself and to God,” the Filipino architect said.
For him, it’s not important whatever one has achieved in life because the appropriate question would be ‘Do I enjoy my life at present?’
“If you’re happy and interested in what you do, in the process, you will never feel that you have achieved much and that you have been receiving awards. I never dreamed of becoming one of the topnotch architects. All I wanted then was that my works will inspire. I have this principle that I create images and masterpieces not because I wanted to win in competitions but to contribute to the world of arts,” Austria added.
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