Wafa R. Kasimieh, Senior Advisor, Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, Government of Dubai
For Wafa Roscales Kasimieh, it’s more than a plaque or recognition that we can brag to the public for it entails dedication and long term fulfillment of dreams that we envision for our fellow countrymen.
“With great power comes great responsibility” is a quote from the movie Spiderman which elucidates the role of a Bagong Bayani awardee for all Overseas Filipino Workers around the world. A Filipina expatriate known for her charity work for prisoners and other compatriots, she continues to shine as an ultimate symbol of a faithful Filipina woman in Middle East – one who utilizes the power in her hand to make good things happen.
She came to Dubai in 1986 at the age of 23 and worked in private companies before her entry to the government service. She converted to Islam in 1989. Her name, Marilyn, was thus changed to Wafa. From being an Administrative Assistant, Wafa was promoted as Senior Advisor at IACAD. Three years after she joined the department in 1996, she was presented the Best Staff of the Year Award in 2009.
In 2010, Wafa won the Banaag Award in the Presidential Awards for Overseas Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas initiated by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. A year after, in 2011, Wafa was bestowed the Bagong Bayani (new heroes) award for community and social service. Aisha Mohammed Obaid Al Kash, the director of the edification and religious guidance department, nominated her for the award.
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THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author 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.