THE GLOBAL FILIPINO MAGAZINE Issue 11 ‘Age is not a basis if you want to...

‘Age is not a basis if you want to achieve your goal’


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In the hopes to provide his family and himself a greener pasture, Dubai-based overseas Filipino worker Eric Longanilla Jr. decided to work overseas. And for four years of staying and working in the emirate, he has never regretted working abroad as he is able to achieve his dreams one by one despite the median salary that he’s getting every month from working as a captain waiter at Al Safadi Restaurant. 

He recalled the time when he arrived at the Dubai International Airport, he said that he was amazed by the indulgent, glamorous, and progressive city. “My goal was to seek work. After a few days, I was hired as a waiter. And until now, I am currently working as a captain waiter,” he said. 

Longanilla, in spite of having no work background in the dining service, wholeheartedly accepted the offer. “I always believe that if you persevere and do your work diligently, God will provide,” he said. 

“Then, I was promoted and there were a lot of opportunities and learnings along the way. And up until now, I still carry that attitude here in the UAE. In just a few months, I was given an opportunity to work as the captain waiter,” he added. 

Prior to working abroad, he had worked as a school secretary in the Philippines and laboratory custodian of HRM. 

Passing the medical coding exam

Longanilla, though busy working all day and night, was still able to educate himself in the field of medical coding through the help of the reputable Filipino Institute. Through dedication, prayers, and tenacity, he was able to pass the stringent medical coding exams recently. 

“Dubai provides residents many opportunities, just don’t stop dreaming until you reach your dreams. Just like me, I passed the exam though I was not expecting it. And I thought that now that I am 32, it was already late. But I realized that age is not a basis if you want to achieve your goal,” he added. 

He thanked his trainers for allowing him to take the exam even though the last module isn’t finished yet. 

“Thank you, Filipino Institute for helping us reach our dreams. Very affordable education and the trainers are well versed with the courses. Great things happen for those who don’t stop believing, trying, and being grateful,” he said. 

The Filipino, when asked about his plans after working in the region, said he will stay until he can and might start a family here, however, if he gets to save enough money, he said he will start a business.

“It’s still better to live in your own country with your family. For now, I’m considering working in a hospital even if it requires me to study more,” Longanilla said. 

This story has been featured on the 11th 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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