THE GLOBAL FILIPINO MAGAZINE Issue 9 After years of supporting siblings’ education, OFW in Dubai...

After years of supporting siblings’ education, OFW in Dubai finally gains academic success


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Growing up in a province in the Philippines full of dreams for her family, Nerissa Barrios Cabrea sailed to Dubai to work as a professional therapist with her sports and elderly patients. Described herself as a ‘simple and responsible daughter to her parents and siblings to her brothers and sisters.’ 

Hailing from Tagkawayan, Quezon, Cabrea’s, at an early age, took the responsibility of sending her youngest siblings to school. Although she was not able to graduate from college, she is still thankful for providing them a good education. While working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, she tried taking an online course, however, due to financial and time constraints, she was unable to finish it. 

Now that she is working in Dubai, and after supporting his siblings, she continued her education with the help of the Filipino Institute. Initially, she enrolled herself in the Sales and Marketing program, however, after taking one session, she realized that it wasn’t the type of profession she will work on in the future. 

She then transferred to Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), a 24-week professional diploma course. “It was so much fun studying here. Everyone knows that I really enjoyed the class. I would like to thank Miss Ef for mentoring us,” she said. 

Cabrea belongs to the first batch of CNA graduates to receive a professional diploma certified by the International Organization of Certified Professionals (IOCP) with Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) attestation in the Filipino Institute Al Rigga campus. Part of her plans is to seek a job in the healthcare industry and practice what she has acquired in the training centre. 

“To my fellow Filipinos, especially to OFWs, never stop believing in your dreams. It has no expiration. To household service workers, if you want to achieve something, don’t stop and never underestimate your capacity. We, humans, are capable of everything possible, take actions,” the CNA graduate said.

This story has been featured on the 9th 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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