Book: Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold

A coffee table book about the achievements and inspiring stories of 36 Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates is now off the press.


The book features 36 uplifting stories of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) whose shining example, inspiring dedication and excellent performance in their respective fields have helped in shaping their communities and the nation.

Their stories are highlighted in this book. They are fine exemplars of how courageous we should become on the verge of challenges. They share one thing in common- a firm belief that there’s no barb wires at all in the desert of gold in attaining the wildest dreams captured by their imaginative minds. Truly, they’re record-breakers and their true stories are worth writing.  And their stories are worth telling.

Cover (21.5x30.7cm) Final


“The book aims to share the inspiring lives and stories of our parents, siblings, relatives who are overseas, their accomplishments and achievements, successes and victories as well as their hardships, their struggles, their loneliness while being away from the Motherland. I salute the author and publisher for this outstanding concept and its wonderful execution.” – Secretary Imelda M. Nicolas, Chairperson, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Office of the President, Philippines

“The book is a fitting tribute to the Filipino men and women who have not only make a mark in their respective career or field of endeavor, but also contributed to the advancement and the positive image of overseas Filipino migrant workers especially in this part of the world. It is both a testament and lifestory of real people, of their hopes and dreams, their accomplishments, and most important of all, their struggle and determination to achieve their goals and become what they are now. I congratulate and commend the publisher, Mr. Atallah Muhammad Habib, and the book’s author, Mr. Ulysses “Yul” V. Espartero, for this well-conceived project which will certainly inspire the most number of our kababayan here in the UAE.” – Consul General Frank R. Cimafranca, Philippine Consulate General in Dubai

“The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates congratulates the Al Hilal Printing, Publishing & Distribution LLC and Mr. Ulysses “Yul” V. Espartero on the publication of the book Precious Gems in a Desert if Gold. The book, which features 36 uplifting stories of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), not only showcases the excellent performance of OFWs in their respective fields but also their positive contribution in the United Arab Emirates. With this, the image of Filipinos as hardworking, dedicated and conscientious is heightened and reinforced.” – Ambassador Grace Relucio-Princesa, Philippine Ambassador to UAE


Read More: ‘Desert of Gold’ features Filipino leaders in UAE in Rappler

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IMG_3984THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, speechwriter and publicist who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique.  While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.

One thought on “Book: Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold

  1. Oh my, I would certainly love to read this book. Sorry is off the press, but glad that there are people pushing for its release, again. I liked this -quoting you: “They are fine exemplars of how courageous we should become on the verge of challenges.” –don´t we all need to read more stories like these ones? 🙂

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