CLEMELLE L. MONTALLANA, DM, CESE
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR III
Sometimes , they have to be validated abroad . Indeed , no prophet is revered in one’s homeland .
The Filipino people are known for their resilience, hard work, and creativity. They have overcome many challenges and hardships in their history, and have always strived to achieve their dreams and aspirations. Whether in the fields of science, arts, sports, business, or public service, Filipinos have made remarkable contributions and achievements that have inspired and benefited many people around the world.
One example of a Filipino who has made history is May Parsons, a Filipino-British nurse who administered the world’s first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shot to a 90-year-old woman in the UK[^1^]. Parsons has been working as a nurse for 24 years and is one of the thousands of Filipinos who serve in the UK’s National Health Service. She said that she was proud to be able to contribute to the positive step toward stopping the pandemic and to represent the Filipinos in the global fight against COVID-19[^2^].
Another example of a Filipino who has achieved success is Vico Sotto, the young mayor of Pasig City who has been lauded for his effective and innovative responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Sotto deployed disinfection drones, mobile markets, bike lanes, and free shuttle services to help his constituents cope with the lockdowns and prevent the spread of the virus[^3^]. He also supported the government employees in Pasig by providing them with hazard pay, laptops, and internet allowances[^4^]. Sotto has been recognized as one of the world’s outstanding leaders by various international organizations and publications.
A third example of a Filipino who has created success is Tony Tan Caktiong, the founder and chairman of Jollibee, the largest fast-food chain in the Philippines and one of the fastest-growing in the world. Tan Caktiong started his business with a small ice cream parlor in 1975 and later expanded it into a hamburger joint that catered to the Filipino taste. Today, Jollibee has over 1,400 stores in 35 countries and employs more than 100,000 people. Tan Caktiong has also been involved in various social and philanthropic initiatives that aim to improve the lives of Filipinos, especially the youth and the poor. These are just some of the many examples of Filipinos who have made good and created success around the world. They have shown that with determination, passion, and innovation, Filipinos can overcome any obstacle and achieve any goal. They have also shown that Filipinos are not only successful in their own fields, but also generous and compassionate in sharing their talents and resources with others. They have truly embodied the spirit of bayanihan, or communal unity and cooperation, that is at the heart of Filipino culture.