THE GLOBAL FILIPINO MAGAZINE Issue 6 Versatile Filipino engineer also a sought-after commercial model and...

Versatile Filipino engineer also a sought-after commercial model and actor in UAE


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For more than three years, Dexter Dalisay has been working as a Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental Engineer at the Emirates Fire Fighting Equipment Factory. One of the few things that he enjoys the most about his work is that he can deal with numbers since his passion goes out to engineering and mathematics.

While progressing in his career, Dalisay, 31, also works as a commercial and print ad model for various top brands in the UAE such as Etisalat, Crocs, Lulu Exchange, TGI Friday, to name a few. It is even a greater accomplishment for him to pat of a number of international films, including Twisted Blue a 2018 Hollywood film; Love Check, a 2016 Bollywood film; On Borrowed Time, an Arabic film produced in 2018; Kaarawan, a Filipino film produced in UAE in 2017; and Lamentasyon, the first full-length Filipino film in the UAE in 2017.

Dalisay left the entertainment industry in the Philippines, and just like many overseas Filipino workers, he opted to work abroad to seek greener pasture and concentrate on pursuing a career in engineering.

“Although I was an engineer already back in my country before entering the show business, I still want to widen my horizon by exploring more opportunities abroad with what I love the most—numbers,” he said.

Early days

After graduating from college, he became an Industrial Engineer and Quality Management and Productivity Engineer in two companies in the Philippines. However, he decided to take a break in his chosen career and tried venturing a career in show business since it was also his dream to experience such.

During his stint in the entertainment industry, he became part of the regular artists of Walang Tulugan with Master Showman and had several endorsements with Smart Telecom, RCBC Bank, and Dermaworld, to mention a few.

Dalisay also expresses his love for animals. He indulged in advocacies concerning animals and usually visits shelters and volunteers in taking care of them.

As a commercial model

“Acting and commercial modeling give a different sense of fulfillment. They give you the ability to portray any character and be who you want to be, but they also give you an opportunity to connect with the audiences on a deeper and more meaningful level. Although they are only channels to convey emotions to people, they still provide a humbling experience for me to be able to touch minds and hearts,” he said.

The Filipino engineer, through his dedication both in the field of art, hailed for two consecutive years one of the Most Influential People in the Gulf Region by Illustrado.

Struggles and advice

“Struggles will always be there,” Dalisay said, noting that it is even more difficult to experience it especially if you’re working overseas.

“There was a time when I was used and betrayed by people whom I trusted the most. Fortunately, there were still some who helped me pull myself back,” he added.

He advised his fellow kabayans to be always open to external advice and learn from the mistakes of others.

“We should not impose our own perspective but instead help those people find a solution that works for them. Be careful of you who trust also. We cannot avoid having an attachment to certain people, but I think sometimes it’s necessary to cut off ties with people who drain your energy. Instead, surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you and who are happy to see you win in life,” Dalisay further added. 

This story has been featured on the sixth issue of The Global Filipino Magazine. To get a copy, you may contact Mr Orli Gayeta at +971503196856. If you have an inspiring story or know someone with one, please send an email at

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got story to tell? Email him at

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