Ulysses V. Espartero has written two books – Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold (2014) and Filipino Heroes in the Gulf (2016).


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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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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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