THE GLOBAL FILIPINO MAGAZINE Issue 25 TGFM’s 25th edition celebrates 15 more success stories of...

TGFM’s 25th edition celebrates 15 more success stories of Pinoys in UAE


In the 25th edition of The Global Filipino Magazine, 15 more successful stories of Filipino in the UAE have been highlighted. 

On the cover is Mr. Dexter Montero Serilla, the CEO and founder of DNC Group of Companies. 

He began his CEO career by sharpening his skills in Dubai. He began working in Dubai, which is directly relevant to what he completed as part of his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management. 

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Other stories featured:

Alvin Nacasi

Starting over is trying more knowledge, strength, and power than you had before–this is the same thing that Alvin E. Nacasi does whenever he makes mistakes.

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Cedric Luigi Gabriel Cristobal

Growing up in UAE, young Filipino shares journey
There are many reasons to live and work in the UAE. From its extremely diverse and lively social life, some expatriates move to the region for its modern accommodation and medical facilities, excellent private schools, and highly developed infrastructures. These are just some factors why Cedric Luigi Gabriel Padrinao Cristobal’s parents moved to the UAE several years ago.

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Chrystel Anne Clasicas

Raised in a traditional Filipino household where having a creative career was unheard of, Chrystel Anne Clasicas made her way and took risks to start her label–Chrystel Anne Fashion. It was in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic that she realized her dreams. However, building her label didn’t take one night only.

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Edcel La Rosa Cabalan

Edcel La Rosa Cabalan, Ani ng Dangal Awardee in the Visual Arts Category, is an architect based in Dubai who has engaged in the art sector for many years. His passion for the arts aided him in pursuing his current career in architecture.

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Gerard Paolo L. Cordero

Gerard Paolo Cordero, 34, is a licensed Zumba instructor and event planner. This outgoing individual enjoys learning and exploring new things in various fields and sectors. He is a self-assured individual who is not scared of life’s hardships.

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Ian dela Pena

Ian Recuerdo De la Peña is a professional florist at The White Boutique, one of Dubai’s most well-known flower shops. He is now working for four years in Dubai. Aside from being a florist, Ian is a social media influencer with a large following across several platforms.

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Mary Joy Cariaga Dela Cruz

More than a decade ago, Mary Joy Cariaga Dela Cruz started something new by venturing an overseas journey. As an optimist person, she trusted the magic of new beginnings. New beginnings that brought her hope for something great.

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Miguel Juarez

Filipinos are among the world’s top musicians, singers, and songwriters. Many of our kabayans are achieving international success in the music industry, like Miguel Juarez, a Filipino guitarist, and composer living in the USA.

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Dr. Ruth Diesto Firmalino

Ruth Diesto Firmalino, a doctor of Filipinos abroad, hails from the City of Smiles, Bacolod City in the Philippines. She is presently a general practitioner at Ibn Nafees Medical Center. She has lived in Abu Dhabi for 16 years and continues protecting and providing service for his fellow kababayans and other nationalities.

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Read the digital copy of the magazine here: 

This story has been featured in the 25th 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

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got a story to tell? Email him at Or follow his IG @rtnamia.

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