THE GLOBAL FILIPINO MAGAZINE Issue 7 Former receptionist now a frontline medical hero in Dubai

Former receptionist now a frontline medical hero in Dubai


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Ten years ago, Michael Sipano has set foot in the UAE with a reason to expand his personal and professional network. A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, he started to work as a nurse in a hospital in the Philippines immediately after his graduation. 

For the past several years in the UAE, he mainly worked in the corporate and events industries. His first work was as a receptionist for a flower and garden company, then became an assistant manager in a flower shop, until he became an office manager and events manager for an events company. 

While working in the events sector, he was given a chance to collaborate with local people and experts of different countries. 

“Working abroad is also a great opportunity to travel while getting paid. Moreover, moving to a new country to start a new job taught me to become independent because it pushed me out of my comfort zone,” he said. 

He added that working as an events manager, he was able to aim for a consistent level of professionalism with himself and other people. 

Siapno, through working in the industry, has immersed himself and volunteered in various community events. 

“Volunteering helped me to connect to my community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest task can make a real difference to the lives of people and organizations in need,” he further added. 

Saving lives

The former events manager is now working as a nurse. When the country called on the medical workers to step in to fight the spread of Covid-19 and save the lives of thousands of patients, Siapno is one of the residents who responded. 

“Despite the fact that the situation is quite devastating, I took it as a personal challenge. This challenge made me a better person because it helped me grow mentally and I learned new skills. And what I love about this job is it makes me mentally matured, especially in making a tough decision,” he further added. 

He added that being an overseas Filipino worker is not an easy task as it’s tailor-fit with obstacles and hard work. 

“Having to deal with these mixed physical and mental challenges can be very exhausting. However, you need to have a strong will, perseverance, and hard work and you will surely soar high by God’s help,” he said. 

This story has been featured on the seventh 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

The Global Filipino Magazine is the only Filipino magazine in the UAE that prints on a monthly basis. Its goal is to champion the success of every global Filipino across the globe.

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