What Filipino expats in the UAE think
"We like to socialise - it is very obvious in the way we show how we care and interact with people around us, whether they are inside or outside our circle. We also stand tall and proud of our fellow Filipinos - like nurses, doctors and caregivers - who give extraordinary service to people around the world. Tourists always praise our hospitality and generosity."
-Josie Conlu-Romulo, Communication head, Philippine Independence Day 2016
"Filipinos are quite unique in the world because of so many outside influences - we've been colonised by Spaniards for 300 years, then the Americans came and the Japanese. And now we're all over the world as expats and migrant workers. But this cultural diversity is what makes us special - we're like citizens of the world, who can easily adapt to other cultures."
-Genaro Velasquez, Regional VP, Philippine Airlines
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"We're an outgoing people but not a wild bunch. We tend to be emotional and dramatic sometimes, and truth be told we like to get quotes from movies and tele-novelas (TV drama series) to express our emotions. But we don't let our emotions get the better of us - we always look at the bright side of things."
-Mary Angelie Sanchez, Government hospital nurse
"Our convivial spirit is one of our most endearing assets, making us a favourite in the hospitality industry. In spite of working long hours, we always smile and maintain our sense of humour. As a Filipino hotelier, I always make sure that I give our guests a warm welcome and tend to their needs."
-Edwin Rico, Manager of Makati Bar at Asiana Hotel