Book on 100 Most Influential Filipino Engineers in the Gulf


While I have been writing for years about Filipinos in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions, I felt it was impossible for me to pursue this book project because it was hard connecting with people who are all occupied by their respective career priorities not to mention their desire to fulfill their obligation to their families. Continue reading

Book on Filipino Engineers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Book on Filipino engineers in Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is known for its oil and display of glittering gold. Filipinos in search of a wonderful life for their respective families back home have come to the desert to fulfill their dreams.

This book is a compilation of stories as told by Filipino engineers who have lived and worked or still working in the Arab Kingdom. While not all Filipino professionals featured in the book directly work for the oil and gas industry, the term “oil pipelines” represent, as I believe, a country that mainly cultivates its vast oil reserves.


Recovering from bad experiences, admirable entrepreneur sets up business promoting Pinoy products in Bahrain

taylorSHE is a dreamer. Ma. Felma Bacalso Taylor was born in a small town in Pikit, Cotabato, Mindanao. “I owe my notable achievements to where I grew up as a child, until we moved to Cebu in1990. I have the best of both worlds, having a Filipino family in the Philippines and an American household here in the Kingdom of Bahrain,” she said. Continue reading

Entrepreneur and events stylist makes waves in Bahrain’s challenging landscape

Picture1ONE OF the inspiring women in Middle East, Leslie Arlen Bautista Garduque is perhaps the first Filipino who fully owns an events company in Bahrain. She’s the first Filipino based in Manama to handle luxury fashion events in Bahrain.Media Circuit is an advertising agency specializing in events management. Continue reading

Inspiring Filipina mom flies high in Oman, shares expertise in a US-based engineering firm

THE FIRST Filipino lecturer hired at Shinas College of Technology in Oman, Engr. Jenny Santos De la Cruz flies high in the Gulf. She’s the first and only Filipino holding a managerial position at Parsons Oman. Her story was included in the book Builders of Unfulfilled Desires in a Barren Land which is a collection of remarkable stories about influential Filipino engineers in the Gulf. Continue reading