THE GLOBAL FILIPINO MAGAZINE Issue 15 ‘Conquering fears and becoming stronger each day’

‘Conquering fears and becoming stronger each day’


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Imelda Santos Capuchino landed her first job in Singapore, where she worked as a nanny and housekeeper for two years from 2015 to 2017 for an Indian family. The main reason why she opted to work abroad is to enhance the living condition of her family in the Philippines and to gain knowledge that could later be used when she relocates back home. 

She said that working overseas was initially challenging as everything around her was totally strange. Learning to adapt and relating to total strangers, for her, was a bit challenging at first but she got over it when she made some new friends. 

Capuchino then moved to Abu Dhabi to work as a bus coordinator and assistant nanny for a training centre. She then decided to work as a tutor and nanny at the same time in the capital for a ‘very supportive family’ and according to her, they are ‘one in a million.’ “There are a lot of things to enjoy about my present job. First and foremost, the family that I work at is loving, caring, and very supportive. They treat me like a family member and not as an employee. They are one in a million. Secondly, the most satisfying thing about my job is it gives me the opportunity to impact positively the lives of children from their formative stage in life. I have the privilege to inculcate values, morals, discipline and contribute my quota to the teaching and learning process of these young ones,” she added. 

The Abu Dhabi-based Filipina is also thankful to the UAE for giving her the opportunity to meet different people from different countries and get introduced to their unique and varied cultures. 

Capuchino, who has been in the country for three years now, has recently taken a caregiver course from the Filipino Institute. When asked about her long-term plans, she said she wants to pursue a career as a caregiver and become a registered nurse in the future. She also plans to open her own caregiver health facility in the Philippines to provide services to the adult and sick for free. 

“My advice to all my kabayan who are living and struggling abroad is to be of good courage as Rome was not built in a day. They should work hard, be diligent in whatever little that is. More so, they should strive to add value to themselves in the form of enrolling in short courses to improve. Also, they need to save and pray. Always put God in the centre of whatever you do and always remember that it’s never too late and never too old to reach your dreams,” she added. 

This story has been featured in the 15th 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 to us 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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