The Global Filipino Magazine releases 12th issue; celebrates Vivamax Middle East’s arrival

The 12th issue of The Global Filipino Institute is now finally out! 

In this issue, The Global Filipino Magazine celebrates the arrival of Vivamax Middle East, a video-streaming app that offers content from all genres, including comedy, drama, romance, horror, action, special interest, documentaries, concerts, music videos, live events as well as showcase Viva’s originally-produced series, movies, and documentaries. 

Read the digital version of the magazine below: 

The latest issue features the following individuals:

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Ruffy Natividad

Ruffy Natividad recalled when he arrived in the UAE in 2010. He described himself back then as ‘naïve and free-spirited as all he wanted was to roam around the host country and gain acquaintances. However, according to him, everything ‘dramatically’ changed when I landed his first job in a logistics company. 

Read his full story here.


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Karl Vincent Ricamadas Baybay

Being a professional nurse with almost 10 years of experience, Karl Vincent Ricamadas Baybay never ought to spend almost half of that experience in the UAE. When his wife decided to leave the Philippines and work in the UAE, he contemplated and considered it as well. 

Read his full story here.


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Enrique III Rivera Araneta

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.

Read his full story here.


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Frando Luis De Lara Sarmiento

Frando Luis De Lara Sarmiento never imagined that he would be in the world of sales after university. He has heard unsettling things from his contacts that didn’t sit well with him. For example, he shared how a company director affirmed that the corporate culture in a company is to put a premium on one’s ability to climb the ladder on the basis of who you know. Coming from a director who had “mestiza” features, to Sarmiento, the culture felt unfair and somewhat misogynistic.

Read his full story here.


Chris Malvar A. Calumberan

For the last 19 years, Chris Malvar A. Calumberan, an entrepreneur and a husband, and a father of three, has been living and working in the UAE. He embarked on an overseas life in 2002 as a web page designer in Sharjah. After working in several production companies, he has been accustomed to home film and stills productions work in the region. Thirteen years after, he registered his company Chris Calumberan FZE and started working with global brands, including McDonald’s, Audi Magazine, Hermes, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton. 

Read his full story here.


Lemuel Garrido Africa

Lemuel Garrido Africa revealed that ‘not in a million years’ he has thought to work abroad as he was happily pursuing a career in marketing in the Philippines. However, when he was asked by his brother if he wanted to join him overseas, he jested that he wanted to. Africa, thinking that his brother got the joke. Unknowingly, his brother was already preparing for his visa and was surprised to know about it. 

Read his full story here.


Ruperto D. Marquez III

Military fitness coach Ruperto D. Marquez III has been training soldiers and conducting military fitness courses in the UAE since he arrived in the country last February 2016. Currently, he is also the sole coach handling the military course for soldiers in Hatta. 

Read his full story here.


Lorevie Rexie Lianko Carrascal

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. 

Read her full story here.


Mark Kevin Geronimo Domingo

Mark Kevin Geronimo Domingo, when asked to describe himself, said he is a jolly and lovable person who loves to motivate and spread positivity. He recalled arriving in the alien country in 2015. At that time, he was lucky to land an accountant general job for a multimedia agency.

Read his full story here.


Madeliene F. Baguyot

Living and working in the UAE for five years now, several people have asked and wondered why Madeliene F. Baguyot, a senior administration officer for a real estate firm in Dubai, gave up her nursing profession and went down a different career path. Baguyot, 31, practiced her profession in the Philippines for almost two years in various health care settings, particularly the ER unit, however, while in Dubai, she pursued her real passion in life and worked towards achieving her goals. 

Read her full story here.


Christian Marlowe S. Estocada

For Christian Marlowe S. Estocada, deciding to work abroad is a tough decision. Personally, he opted to work abroad because of better career opportunities and because of familial responsibilities. He saw UAE as a land of opportunities, as it welcomes more than a hundred nationalities and as there are several career options for everyone.

Read his full story here.


Jay Adrian Tolentino

These days, investing is all the rage when it comes to earning more money. You’re encouraged with the same words: “You should invest because investing is making your money work for you. You should invest because investing is earning money while you sleep. You should invest because you can earn Php500,000 with just Php10,000!” Following the trend feels inviting and the promise of profit seems tempting, but Jay Adrian Tolentino’s story seems to suggest otherwise (not yet at least).

Read his full story here.


Leonel M. Franco

A Philippine-based 22-year-old has successfully finished the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in the Filipino Institute and is offering this momentous victory to her parents. 

Read his full story here.


Jruzz Cabayan Merca

Filipino professional and travel photographer Jruzz Cabayan Merca, despite receiving criticisms that he would not be able to reach his goals, is celebrating his ‘biggest achievement’ from his Instagram account.

Read his full story here.


Mike Joshua G. Villanueva and Kwin Twinkle Ubante

They say relationships get stronger when both are willing to grow together. Living by this adage, Dubai-based couple Mike Joshua G. Villanueva and Kwin Twinkle Ubante enrolled themselves in the Filipino Institute and acquire a professional diploma to fulfill their dreams to work in the United Kingdom ‘in the near future.’ 

Read their full story here.


Vagelyn Tumbaga-Pacio

A former overseas Filipino worker, who had an ultimate dream of owning a resort back in the Philippines, has finally fulfilled her dreams. Vagelyn Tumbaga-Pacio, the former HR director of Dusit Thani Hotel Dubai, established J&V Holiday Homes & Resort in the heart of Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union. 

Read her full story here.


Cynde Paderna

A Filipina in the UAE is grateful to the Filipino Institute for giving her an opportunity of taking a free online course and earning a certificate that can be attested by the Knowledge of Human Development Authority (KHDA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mofa). 

Read her full story here.


Aicel Nava

Despite being a mother of three, an employee, and an online seller, UAE-based Aicel Nava was able to finish two online courses offered by the Filipino Institute on its website. While playing a major role in the growth of her kids, Nava, took the Purchasing and Procurement Basics and Basic Business Management-Booth Camp for Business Owners courses. 

Read her full story here.


Clarinda Mendoza Estrella

Filipino overseas educator Clarinda Mendoza Estrella has recently received the Gawad Sulo Award for Eminent Alumni 2021 from her alma mater Philippine Normal University. The award is only given in recognition of all outstanding and deserving individuals in various fields, including education, for their contributions to the Philippines and the Filipino citizenry. 

Read her full story here.


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