The Global Filipino Magazine Issue 09 Stepping out of comfort zone: I like to be...

Stepping out of comfort zone: I like to be in a world where I can be myself

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Saudi Arabia-based Rico Angeles Madrigalejos believes that stepping out of his comfort zone and trying new things is the best way to grow. He has been in the Kingdom for about 10 years now. 

Madrigalejos, who initially worked as a staff nurse, said he wanted to work in the corporate world where he can be himself and excel in many aspects and deal with executives as it gives him more opportunities to discover his potentials in the field. Currently, he is working as an HR admin at the Rawabi Holding Company, an oil and gas conglomerate in Saudi Arabia. 

The youngest and the only guy among the siblings, according to him aside from the idea of living a better life by earning more, he also ventured into an overseas life mostly due to the fact that he is an adventurous person. 

“I wanted to see what is in store for me and push myself outside my comfort zone. Traveling and living outside of your country helps you develop resiliency. I wanted to be independent and acquire knowledge that only traveling can give,” the well-traveled overseas Filipino worker in the Middle East said. 

Madrigalejos added that his ultimate objective is to provide his mother a comfortable life while she’s living in the Philippines alone. “Basically, I wanted her to experience a good life,” he added. 

At 17, he was already working as a service crew for a popular fast-food chain in the Philippines to his guardians support his studies. He said that he was raised to be self-reliant and work for what he desires. Through this teaching, Madrigalejos said he learned the value of hard work and the importance of work ethics. 

While studying, he worked as an ‘extra’ for local TV shows where he earned a few pennies to buy his books in school. During those years, he also had an opportunity to audition to be the next lead vocalist for a local boyband called ‘Jeremiah’ with the hit song ‘Nanghihinayang’ and ‘Suko Na.’ “It was an amazing experience to be a professional recording artist and it boosted my self-confidence. I was also able to appreciate my talent and be a good role model to people,” he said. 

Madrigalejos is also currently affiliated with The Filipino Channel’s K World which features Filipino community events and individuals who have extraordinary and inspiring stories. “I am grateful for the opportunity to be one of their hosts. I actually gain some real-life lessons from them that I can treasure for the rest of my life,” he added. 

The Kingdom’s role

According to him, for about 10 years of staying in the Kingdom, he’s thankful for what he has become after learning many life lessons first hand. It has also provided him more financial freedom that allows him to continue to support his family back home. 

As for his role as an HR admin, he said it allows him to provide support to the management. “Being able to see that employees are adequately helped out and get what they need to keep their employment effectively makes me happy. Supporting a company to enable the employees to enjoy their benefits by providing efficient HR support is very rewarding,” he added. 

When asked about her plans after being an overseas Filipino worker, he said he’d continue to serve and support OFWs in his own little ways after seeing and learning the plight of his fellow Filipinos abroad. “I would like to utilize the small capacity to promote their welfare and share their stories, success, and triumphs,” he further added. 

Madrigalejos had also a chance to establish an organization in Al Khobar called WeShare which aims to help and assist distressed and displaced OFWs. 

“I truly believe that we are more blessed to give than to receive,” he added. 

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 a story to tell? Email him at eic@theglobalfilipinomagazine.com. Or follow his IG @rtnamia.

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