Ulysses V. Espartero has written four books – Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold (2014), Filipino Heroes in the Gulf (2016), Behind the Domes of Majestic Mosques (2017) and The Quest for Greener Pastures (2017).


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The coffee table 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. They’re record-breakers. Truly, their true stories are worth telling.

The book was released with an official book launch held on July 31, 2014 at The Asiana Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event was graced by Consul Giovanni Palec and FilCom President Matilyn Bagunu. Read More: ‘Desert of Gold’ features Filipino leaders in UAE in Rappler

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Filipino Heroes Cover - CopyThe book entitled Filipino Heroes in the Gulf, the first of its kind in the Arabian peninsula, is now available in the market. The book was printed on July 2016 in Quezon City, Metro Manila.

Published by Central Book Supply, Inc., the compilation chronicles the struggles of 36 Filipino trailblazers from five countries belonging to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. These are Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and United Arab Emirates.

This is the second book of Ulysses Viriña Espartero, who finds fulfillment in documenting the untold stories of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the desert. He said, “I have been into challenges and sacrifices these past few months. I was afraid this second book would not materialize. God is so good that I can’t refuse to carry the heavy burden that lies on my shoulders. Book writing is a tormenting challenge for us in this digital age but if this is the best way that I can be remembered, so let it be. Pen is the only sword I have as a lonely soldier. With this, I shall always emerge victorious.”

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pic 2 (book 3 cover)This work Behind the Domes of Majestic Mosques is an attempt to chronicle the struggles, the sacrifices and victories of Filipinos who toil day and night in various corners of  UAE. Yes, behind the glittering mosques, there are countless  migrants trying to make ends meet. And there are lucky, courageous men and women of the  Pearl of the Orient Seas who  did it right and made it big.

If you have been to this country, you will notice that in almost corner of the suburb, there stands mighty a symbol of their Islamic faith, the same belief from which the monarchy established its rules for all its residents and migrants to abide. For me, the dome represents our aspirations to successfully hurdle the challenges of times in a territory unknown to us.

It is no ordinary law especially if you are born and raised in the Philippines where democracy reigns supreme. How these ordinary Filipinos triumphantly survived and emerged victorious can be a source of inspiration for all.

There have been requests to write a new one. Every single day, heroes come out of the surface and so, there are more stories just waiting to be told. I am glad 40 people from across the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates have responded to my earnest plea. While they are personal choices, I am fully confident that they, the taste makers and pacesetters, deserve space in this compilation.

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The Quest for Greener Pasture - CopyI feel privileged to compile the tales that rekindle the living inspiration of sea-based  and land-based migrant workers, from across the globe, for their invaluable contribution to the country’s coffers, culture and professional global stance. Featured in the book are 35 migrant profiles from 17 countries and states including Bahrain, Canada, China, Hongkong, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Myanmar, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and Yemen.

Allow me to thank the Modern-Day Heroes for sharing their stories. It took me countless sleepless nights to complete this fourth book. I fervently hope that this work of mine shall serve as a spring of lasting inspiration to those in search of greener pastures.



2 thoughts on “BOOKSHELF

  1. Migrant workers usually get such bad press, or else the focus is on their bad experiences – celebrating their success is an excellent idea that really contradicts the stereotypes.

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