It is a common notion that if one works overseas, he or she seeks better job opportunities. True enough, this was Julius Cabrera Espinosa’s goal when he embarked on an overseas journey some over a decade ago. A fifth child among eight children, he is a Business Administration graduate and a fitness enthusiast who loves to share the same vibes with others.
Currently, Espinosa is working as the office manager in the Riyadh Sales Office Branch of Zamil Steel PEB Co. Ltd., one of the biggest pre-engineered steel building manufacturers in the host country. However, Saudi Arabia wasn’t the first overseas country he worked in. For over two years, he worked in Dubai and moved out for Qatar hoping for a greener pasture. Unfortunately, the latter was not the place heaven wrote for him.
Prior to working outside the Philippines, the 40-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia has worked as an admin specialist for five years in Tri-Phil International in Muntinlupa, a company that manufactures genuine leather bags, baseball gloves, and lacrosse gloves for export.
In his free time, he makes sure he immerses himself in a healthy lifestyle which is going to the gym. Espinosa also regularly joins Filipino community activities, including outreach programs, talent search, and pageants where he was discovered by a talent agency to represent the FilCom KSA last 2019. However, prior to representing the organization, he needed to achieve some requirements and worked hard for it, especially on the personality aspect.
Later on, he traveled to Thailand to represent the Filipino community in Saudi Arabia. Ultimately, he emerged as Elite Mr. Asian International 2019 and a special award being the first runner up on Best Physique.
His pageant journey skyrocketed–he then worked with various photographers and later featured in magazines based in India, New York, Germany, and New York. Espinosa was also an endorser of one of the leading telecommunication companies in the host country, got a project from Western Union, featured in a book in the Philippines, received an award from Ganap TV online as Best Pageant Episode for Male.
The pageant enthusiast whose heart is to help his fellow Filipinos abroad has once organized his own outreach projects for the distressed OFWs in the country.
“Being an OFW doesn’t mean you need to work endlessly. Sometimes, engaging in things outside your work zone will bring you extra milestones in your life. Who would have though that a guy from the Philippines working abroad can be an international title holder, featured model in international magazines, and a face of a giant telecom company abroad?” he said.
Espinosa added that working abroad contributes to his personal growth as he has the opportunity to interact with different races and nationalities, experience their vibrant cultures and languages. “I enjoy living independently, although being nostalgic is inevitable, especially during those sick and hard times, however, it’s the same thing that will build a resilient personality in you,” he further added.
In the future, he plans to build his dream house, sets up a gym as he wants people to engage into a healthy lifestyle.
“You need to learn the art of enjoying and loving your work. Save for your future, know the difference between needs and wants. Trust your capabilities. Get in touch with your loved ones as much as you can. Most importantly, put God first,” he said when he was asked about his advice to his fellow Filipinos abroad who are currently struggling.
Image Credit: Lee Palma
Assistant: Cee Jee
Wardrobe: Jesser Valois, Alford Espinosa, Allen Evangelista
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