Like many overseas Filipino workers, Lorevie Rexie Lianko Carrascal opted to work abroad to help her family and build a better career overseas. She was inspired to work abroad by her father who is working as a seafarer for nearly two decades now and by her sister who works as a nurse in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
She arrived in Dubai in 2017 and secured a job only after 10 days from her arrival in the host country. Carrascal, who hails from Albay province, said the emirate is a ‘great place’ that offers a lot of job opportunities in different career paths. A city where all the world meets, she added that residents are also very welcoming.
Despite living in a glittery city, she, too experienced a fair share of struggles abroad, especially she’s away from her loved ones. “Being anxious is difficult when you don’t know a lot of people. For me, one of the biggest problems I encounter at work is being treated unfairly by some nationalities. They assume that they are smarter than Filipinos, but eventually, they change the way they see us. I am proud to say that Filipinos are the most-hardworking employees at work,” she said.
A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Tourism Major in Travel Management, Carrascal has recently won the international beauty pageant BeingShe Universe 2020. The pageant is a platform to encourage women to embrace their own uniqueness and lead their inner drive and passion with concrete impactful structure. She currently works as an artist and brand ambassador for women’s empowerment.
She also revealed that she has recently signed a contract with Netflix. She, however, did not divulge further about the project but confirmed that it is an ‘upcoming series.’
The 30-year-old beauty queen has already been featured in FilmFare and Times of India. Carrascal is also the first Filipino to be on the fashion runway of The Fashion Connect Season 9 Dubai Edition.
When asked about her plans after Dubai, she said her future plans include continuing her work as an artist and in the fashion industry. “I also would like to continue inspiring women and also the OFW if there will be a platform that will help me too,” she further added.
“I always believe that we only need to have strong faith and belief that we can always do better. Struggles in life will always be there but we can accept that as a challenge for us to strive more in life. We also need good intentions and always remember why we start working and achieving our goals. In that mindset, we can always be safe and grow as a better person wherever we may go in our life journey,” she said.
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