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.

The 45-year-old achiever was featured in the Department of Foreign Affairs website in December 2017 about the work she has done for a 5-star hotel in Bahrain. “I am also one of the two Filipinas I know, who own a commercial business license here in Bahrain registered in the Ministry of Industry  and  Commerce,” she confirmed.

Worked as a choreographer

She was born on July 29, 1973 in Pikit, Cotabato. For her elementary education, she graduated from Pikit Central Elementary School in 1986. Then, she obtained a high school diploma from Notre Dame of Pikit in 1990. She completed a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu City in 1994.

From Taiwan to Bahrain

She has been abroad for the last 19 years. Her first work was as Production Operator at Philips Electronics Industries in Taiwan for about three years.

She has been working and living in Bahrain for more than 15 years since November 2002 when she started working as a showroom manager for an interior design and furniture company. She worked there for one year  from 2002 to 2003.

Then, she was hired as an investment banker from 2003 to 2004 at  Citibank, N. A Bahrain.

Own company

Designer Imports is an Interior Design and Contract Supply Company based here in Bahrain. “We offer contract manufacturing for projects within the Middle East, Asia, Europe and USA. We cater to commercial establishments, hotels and also work and partner with other interior design companies, builders and contractors.  The company was founded as a furniture supplier, wholesaler and retailer and went on to interior design and contract supply company.”

“Designer Imports did the interior design and supply of FF and E on two prestigious restaurants and hotels here in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is a great pride that we furnished and showcased the handwoven outdoor furniture and mother of pearls furniture from Cebu.”

They also did the Christmas decorations of a 5- star hotel in Manama consecutively for the past three years. “It is a great pride to showcase the beautiful handicrafts and seashells-byproducts from the Philippines.”

Career wise, as a Filipina businesswoman, dealing with VIP clients including 5-star hotels and palaces in Bahrain is already a great achievement for her.

“Middle East is not an easy country to live. To be given the trust and respect from the locals in this foreign country, and other Middle East countries as well as giving back pride to the Filipinos and helping the Filipinos here in Bahrain and helping the economy in the Philippines by buying and promoting Philippine products is already a great achievement and happiness for me,” she enthused.

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IMG_3984THE 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 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). 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.





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