Another group of Global Filipinos in the UAE turned over copies of their books they co-authored or wrote to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library (MBRL) as part of the AKLAT initiative of the Philippines Partnership Circle (PhilPaC).
They are Rachel Salinel, Roxane Negrillo and Wafa Qasimieh who co-authored the ‘Dis-Rupt 3.0 Filipina Women: Rising’ book published by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN); and individual authors Wandalyn Tan Calupig (3 Simple & Proven Exercises to find Happiness Within), Carlette Redondo-Utanes (FINANCES Faith, Hope & Love), Ester Vargas Castillio (Biriterang Makata |Filipino Poetry), and Enrico Cardoniga (The 12 Habits of Highly Successful OFW).
“Our book ‘Dis-Rupt 3.0 Filipina Women: Rising’ is the third book on Filipino Women Leadership by the US-based Filipina Women’s Network which is to inspire, encourage and empower readers to be effective woman leaders. We are grateful for this opportunity as arranged by the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi through the Philippine Partnership Circle led by Marlene Murphy,’ explained Salinel who is a veteran broadcast journalist and multi-awarded woman leader.
Her co-author Negrillo’s story is about empowerment, self-motivation, leading with grit and resilience, and most of all, building a strong sense of purpose. Negrillo shared her experience as a young mother who successfully balanced motherhood and her career. She recently received the Agora Awardee for Outstanding Achievement in Overseas Marketing by the Philippine Marketing Association in 2021.
“Every single day of our lives is a challenge. It’s always been under construction. All of us are facing difficult periods at certain points and as what they are saying ‘it’s a proof of human life’. Remember, no matter how difficult it may be to motivate yourself, ease the path toward resilience by empowering your mind and body. Change course, heal emotionally and continue to move forward toward your goals,” added Qasimieh who works at Dubai Government’s Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.
According to Murphy, AKLAT is a community-driven Books Donation/Gifting activity founded by the PhilPaC in collaboration with MBRL, which aims to expand the arms of tolerance, acceptance, promote unity in diversity and enrich cultural understanding.
“Reading books empowers us to empathize with other people. The reason why we promote tolerance, acceptance and strength through diversity in the AKLAT initiative is to empower you to empathize with other people. Just like the ‘Bangkota’ story at the Expo – Ang kuwento ng Bangkota ay Kuwento ng Husay at Talino ng Pilipino. We present the Philippines and Filipinos to the World,” Murphy added.
The turnover ceremony was held on August 2 where other nationalities also donated books. Matilyn Bagunu introduced all the Filipino authors. Prominent Filipino PR Man Art Popoy Los Banos and The Global Filipino Magazine columnist also witnessed the event.
The MBRL has already attracted more than 40,000 visitors and members of different age groups and nationalities, who explored the Library’s facilities, services, and various sections. It is open from 9 am to 9 pm from Monday to Thursday and Saturday, while on Friday from 2 to 9 pm. It is closed on Sunday.
The AKLAT initiative is supported by H.E. Mohammed Al Murr, MBRL Chairman; Dr Mohamed Salem Almazroei, MBRL CEO; and David Hirsch, MBRL Advisor.