I am known in the business world as “Allie” – Maritess Pasag – Philippines
I am Maritess. Family and friends call me “Tisya”, but I am known in the business world as “Allie” I grew up in a loving family. I was a typical daddy’s girl with simple dreams. I was raised by a hardworking home service beautician mother and a hardworking father who was a simple employee in an organization. Those jobs meant having to make ends meet for them to provide for me and my brother. Being raised in that economic situation was a challenge for all of us: I wanted to raise our standard of living, I want to provide the best. Good thing I had a scholarship growing up. I was always at the top of the class and I even earned an engineering scholarship from the Philippine’s premier university.
Then I met a boy who was exactly my opposite. He was the ideal guy every girl wanted, and I really fell for him. It was a relationship that our parents knew about and approved of. They trusted us but our curiosity and the promise of young love got ahold of us. I got pregnant during college and had to drop out of school because we already had to prioritise our family.
Coursing through Challenges
It was never easy. Not only was our life difficult but finding a job when you have not finished college in the Philippines meant that there are only a few opportunities. I had to settle for an outsourcing job as a call center agent. I had to travel 2 to 3 hours to and from work everyday just to go to a graveyard shift job. It meant that I had to be away from my children at night just to provide for them. Although my husband had stable job at that time, there were a lot of days when I skipped eating lunch because I wanted to save most of the money for my family.
My Candle fades
As if I had enough challenges, one of the greatest was surviving the passing away of my father. I may have mentioned that I was a daddy’s girl. Indeed, I was, even when I was already married. My father would even pick me up from the bus station when I go home late from work. He was the greatest dad, and his passing was the worst time of my life. I wasn’t even able to say goodbye to him as I was confined in the hospital when he passed away. I was devastated.
The challenge that gave me a chance to champion
I was almost dead sick. Working in graveyard shift job got the best of my health. I was always literally hospitalised because my health was suffering. I had to make a decision to leave my job once and for all. I tried looking for home-based jobs but was always scammed in the beginning. Until I was hired to become a virtual assistant, and that boss of mine even partnered with me. It was a good partnership. But good things never last, they say, our partnership had to end.
Being a champion meant losing some along the way
When my business partnership ended, I took the courage and established my own business. It was never easy as there were times that I client would retrieve their contract but I still had to extend my employee’s salary. I didn’t always win.
Championing for my family
After several years of challenges, now, I could say that I was able to overcome them with perseverance and the support of my family. I now own a Business Process Outsourcing company, earning over twenty times more than an average Filipino family does. We were able to build our own two-storey house which eventually became our office and now we are building our own home. We were able to purchase our own SUV which was only just a dream. Life is great and when I see pictures of our house in the past, I cannot help but be grateful. Challenges are part of our lives, and we can always champion them.
Inspiring Story -Maritess Pasag – Phillipines
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