At the recent FEME Forum in Abu Dhabi.


4 powerful advices for Filipino women in UAE


DUBAI – Four inspiring women shared their tips to help Filipino career women in the UAE move one step closer to their dreams as empowered women at the recent FEME Forum in Dubai to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Here are their top 4 powerful advices:

Practice smart goals

Working hard but not really getting anywhere? It is time to practice SMART goals, says Mel Rose Angeles, Director for HR of Pan Pacific Serviced Suites.

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound goals. Setting SMART goals lets you sharpen your ideas and allows you to focus your time, effort and resources more productively so you can increase your chances of success.

“Personal goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality,” said Angeles, who has been based in Singapore in the last 12 years.

Mel Rose Angeles at the FEME Forum in Abu Dhabi

Be passionate about what you do

“You will not be able to sustain the hardships if you are not passionate about what you are doing. Before others believe in you, you have to first believe in your product and in yourself,” said Philippine-based businesswoman Elsie Chua.

The 67-year old multi-millionaire started her entrepreneurial journey at the age of 10. Chua wanted to buy a pair of shoes using her own money, so she decided to make and sell halo-halo, a cold desert popular in the Philippines. Chua said she borrowed 5 pesos from her father and earned 1 peso every day. In high school, she made money by tutoring other students. When she reached college, she earned P2,000 per month by selling spools from her father’s factory.

She is now the founding president and CEO of real estate company CDC Holdings, Inc. Chua also co-founded Melawares, a tableware brand used by major restaurants and fast food chains in the Philippines.

“Good times, I am grateful for the blessings. Bad times, I am grateful for the lessons. Always be grateful from above, your staff, your employees, your suppliers, your clients and shareholders,” Chua said.

Dress for success

Looks count as well. “Your business clothing should tell the story and establish your authority, portray your experience, and reveal your level of success – all in one single glance,” said image and style consultant Agnes Aquino-Briggs.

Clothes make a strong visual statement of how you see yourself and how you want others to see you. So dress for success. It not only boosts your confidence but lets others have confidence in you as well.

Aquino-Briggs advises: “It is vital to know how to manage the use and effect of your clothing on you and others to achieve your goals successfully.”

What you wear significantly impacts your performance and attitude.  This is why dressing appropriately is one of the vital factors that will help you achieve success.

Network on social media

In this day and age, success isn’t just about what you know but whom you know. Network on the right channels, says UAE DNA editor Cristina Magallon.

Magallon, who has 95,000 followers on LinkedIn, suggested that LinkedIn is a good start to expand your network and reach out to people.

“On LinkedIn, people are in a business mindset. If you have a business then this is the platform to be in especially in the UAE which is the most connected country on the platform,” she said.

Networking is a valuable way of expanding your knowledge, learning from the success of others, telling others about your business and getting new clients. Using the contacts you make when you meet people can open doors for business opportunities. ICA/Expat Media

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