Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Vagelyn Federico – The Success Story
Vagelyn Federico, Director of Human Resources in Dusit Thani, Dubai, has had to remind herself many times that events do not shape her life. Her first few months – even years- in the UAE were wrought with challenges and difficulties that almost drew her to the point of giving up. But ever the positive thinker, Vagelyn forged onwards, and eventually, she realized that even negative experiences can have a positive impact on her life. “Such experiences even made me say that Dubai is the best place for me and my family,” she says. “I have so much respect and gratitude toward the leaders of this country who gave opportunities for us expats to share our talents and to be recognized here in this large, multicultural platform.”
Now, from being a humble farm girl, to a secretary who had to make 13 exits in Kish, to being the youngest General Manager (at 28 years of age then) of a 4-star hotel able to participate in the prestigious Great GM Debate, this resilient Filipina has come a long way. Not only has Vagelyn established a name for herself in the emirates, she also continues to extend her helping hand graciously to her kababayans, especially the underprivileged. She is the founder of “HeavenLyn’s Foundation”, a non-profit group that organizes fundraising activities for the benefit of children in need of healthcare assistance. As the current president of FIL-HR, Vagelyn also volunteers during her spare time to help facilitate job placements for Filipinos in the UAE.
With such programs, Vagelyn aims to help and inspire people and make their lives more meaningful, all for the Glory of God. “Don’t give up when things get hard, but work harder when you think of giving up,” she proclaims. “I didn’t have an easy start, but I remained steadfast, and kept dreaming and moving forward. Have a career that you are passionate about, enjoy it, and make the most out of it. Once you are on top, always keep your feet on the ground and remain humble.”