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Two years ago, I started working for The Bank, well, actually the BPO-arm of The Real Bank. But since I am doing banking functions, too, we all consider ourselves, ultimately working for The Bank. I used to go to the office with much dread – this was a whole new arena for me.

Right after graduation, I started working for The Firm, a medium-sized auditing firm whose global partner is one of the world’s biggest five auditing firms. I started out as a junior associate handling manufacturing and personal accounts. The senior associates there tell me that juniors are usually assigned to these industries are they are the easiest. I had nothing against that – I still had so much to learn. Auditing Theory and Auditing Problems as subjects in college told us nothing about the ‘real audit’ that we would do after passing the board. Or probably I missed the day it was taught.

I worked hard in The Firm, inching my way to the top. After two tax seasons, I was promoted to Senior Associate, technically having the power to have my own audit team and with much more responsibility. Through hard work, I handled and became The Firm’s expert on gas and oil exploration industry. After another tax season, I was one of the few who were promoted to Audit Supervisor (normally, it will take four to five tax seasons before being eligible). My reporting line goes straight to my partner and to the chairman as well. Meeting the chairman, with the topnotch clients, attending board and stockholders meetings became part of my usual schedule. Everyone in the office knows me; everyone listens to what I have to say. Without modesty, I’d say I once ruled the office – at least, a level below the partners themselves. And all of these happened without me ever denying my true preference.

They knew they hired a gay CPA. They took the risk. And I made sure they’ll get the rewards. And I hope they believe they did.

But it came with a price. I never had the chance to attend any family reunions. I missed my sister’s wedding! I missed my nephew’s baptismal. I missed tons of birthdays and parties. I know I missed a lot and that I was missed.

I decided that, while things were still doing well for me, while I could see that I was blessed with a very good, intelligent, responsible team, while I am still young, I might as well see what the world had to offer.

In June 2008, I finally submitted my letter to The Firm, thanking them for the opportunity they gave me.

Two months later, goodbye busy Ayala Avenue, welcome Dubai-like Global City!

I was offered a mid-tier position but I declined, believing I should start from the bottom. And from the bottom I did start.

Two years have passed. A lot have changed. I have grown more intelligent, more mature, more fulfilled. But there is hunger inside me. Someone wants to come out.

The diva in me is slowly showing. The hunger for power knocks from the insides of my body. I miss the prestige. I miss the power. I miss the control.

Two years and I can feel the clock ticking – could I stand being a bottom-feeder or should I again be the top shark of the sea?

I still have to work harder than my hardest yesterday to get what I want. Meritocracy is the culture.

I hope I can still wait. I hope I can still out-perform myself.

I hope I am not yet standing in front of two roads diverged in the woods…and I, I took…the award for Best Actor!


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I heard this issue before about Brazilian models invading our modeling industry. Before, you can see that we have more Filipino models, mestizos and mestizas but legally Filipinos still, in print, ramp and commercials. Nowadays, you know most of them are Brazilian-Japanese. I really do not mind, especially with Fabio Ide around, but I am a tad concerned how does this affect the livelihood and morale of Filipino models who run out of projects?

The other day, I read in The Wall Street Journal the silent animosity between China and Angola over Chinese workers. Few years ago, China started investing in countries where Western powers were reluctant to do business with. One was Angola, an African nation rich in oil and diamonds. China and Angola signed several big projects from oil exploration to railway construction. China would lend money to Angola which Angola would use to pay the Chinese companies for the projects. The loan was provided but the Chinese companies are not paid on time. Worst, some Angolans are targeting Chinese workers in Angola in violence-related incidents. It was observed that big projects, lead by Chinese companies in Angola, hire more Chinese than Angolans and the latter do not like it since they need work after a long time suffering from its own civil war.

There has also been an observation in the islands of Bermuda, Cayman and Jersey, tax havens, that there are more Filipino CPAs working there than other nationalities. Other nationalities might also feel something ill about this but there is no concrete evidence to really so.

My thoughts on this are really divided. A part of me is saying that a country should hire more of its own people as one way of helping itself. I am a Filipino so I am very sure I have both important elements – brain and brawn. If other nationalities would be hired because, at present, they are better in that particular field, than Filipinos (say, in weather forecasting), then hire them and have them teach us so we can both be the captain and crew of the ship after sometime, not after a long time.

But the other part of me is saying that this is competition. Filipinos are hired abroad over other nations because we are known for our dedication to work. Other nations should step up their games if they want to be hired like us. Angolans need to show that they can work faster and better than their Chinese counterparts and Filipino models should come out with fresh, new looks the industry and consumers would like. Every day is a contest to be better, not as compared to anyone, but as compared to who we were, yesterday.

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