THE GLOBAL FILIPINO MAGAZINE Issue 12 ‘Always hold on to God’: Filipino business owner in...

‘Always hold on to God’: Filipino business owner in Dubai credits God for success


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By Nina Eloisa Leuterio

Working abroad was never something that Enrique III Rivera Araneta considered. It had never sparked in his mind before, despite all of his family members are living abroad. Admittedly, Araneta shared that it was something that he despised considering because he was used to having been provided to by his parents. He considered himself as an easy-go-lucky person, he didn’t want to deal with something that could possibly be hard for him.

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This changed, however, when he decided to visit Dubai. Having had a couple of friends who worked abroad and out of curiosity, he became interested in what life must be like to work abroad. Something he liked about Dubai was the system and discipline emplaced.

“Everything is in order and accessible, there is also proper support from every governing agency,” Araneta said.

Having always felt the challenge to prove himself—that he could be on his own and that he didn’t have to rely on anybody—for Araneta, Dubai seemed like a great opportunity and place for that challenge. This challenge did not forget to come with its own set of struggles, however. Araneta shared that he had financial struggles to the point where he can only eat once a day; where he would go on job hunting with nothing in his pocket but a packet of mentos and pocket money that was just barely enough to go back home.

It was a tough time for him, a time that he did not dare share with his family so that they wouldn’t worry. Through these trying times, he shared that all he truly had was his faith in God. He had spent hours every day at St. Mary Church in Oud Metha kneeling and praying. Araneta shared that he thought that being prayerful holds immeasurable power.

What seemed to compensate for his hardships, is his chances of having had many jobs. During his stay in Dubai as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), he had many ­positions. He had sold encyclopedias in Jumeirah Beach Residences his first week, dwelled in sales for a banking and finance company, and worked in both oil and gas company, and a vehicle exporting company.

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The position that Araneta enjoyed the most, however, was when he worked in an automobile dealership-operations department.  It was a position that he considered a highlight of his career. Working in AW Rostamani-Nissan/Infiniti as a sales coordinator sparked his passion back for cars.

“I was enjoying my work and the experience having to handle different kinds of cars not only the brand that we are carrying. It gave me the chance to meet and have good relations with significant people inside and outside the industry. It was like a dream come true having to work in an industry where my passion is- cars,” Araneta added.

Currently, and through this newfound passion, Araneta partially owns and works as the general manager for ERJ Autoworks LLC; a complete automotive workshop fully owned and operated by Filipinos including the staff.

“What I enjoy most in my current business/work is having to meet different kinds of people, make new connections & discover new friends as well, handle different kinds of cars specifically supercars and of course owning some couple of nice [sports & luxury] cars which I can’t afford in the Philippines. The most satisfying part of our business/work is when I see our client walk out of our workshop happy and more than satisfied with the services and experiences we provide. It is a very fulfilling feeling for me and my team,” Araneta said. 

This story has been featured on the 12th 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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