I was born in Manila, Philippines and currently a resident of Sydney, Australia for the past 20 years. I am a graduate of of three Catholic schools (Don Bosco, De la Salle and Ateneo) where I had completed qualifications in mechanics, commerce and masters in business.
While I blog here on a variety of subjects of interest to me, this is my attempt to promote cross border relationships between Australia and the Philippines. A particular interest of my management consulting practice is identifying business opportunities present in one country and match with this with businesses from the other country that may have the capital, technology or management expertise to fill the market need. I further add value by helping my client find a local partner or build its own local organisation to support the business. Finally, with my background in banking and finance I can help assist him in establishing his relationships with the local banking and finance community to help in his funding needs.
Although both countries are different in culture, lifestyle and weather, they have a lot in common and can complement each other in their needs. However, one aspect stands out which is while most Australian residents enjoy a quality of life considered as one of the best, majority of Filipinos continue to struggle to reach similar levels with massive poverty, unequal distribution of wealth and the lack of jobs. While blessed with abundant natural resources, a warm and friendly culture, strong Catholic values and a talented and artistic workforce, a better quality of life comparable to a developed country like Australia’s continues to be a aspiration for many still living in the Philippines.
After living in Sydney for a long time in relative safety, comfort and leisure while the many in the Philippines still struggle to find theirs motivates me to do this work as my way of helping them. One hope is I may help create an increased Australian investment in the Philippines that will generate employment opportunities for many still jobless or underemployed and in some way allow them a better way of life. I also hope it may foster a closer understanding between the two countries and find other ways that will mutually beneficial for both of them.
Join me in this effort and maybe we can find something to do together.