One of the search terms I always rank high for here at PhilFAQS, where you learn the facts about living in the Philippines is, “Jobs for Foreigners in the Philippines”.
I some ways that’s a little strange because I usually write about jobs like that in somewhat negative terms … but since very few others write about the subject in any terms, I guess Google isn’t too far off the mark when they rank me where they do.
Well here’s a switch … I’m going to write about jobs for foreigners in the Philippines in a positive sense (perhaps).
Here’s a press release I just came across:
Career in Vintage wine, jobs for foreigners in Philippines at Yats Wine Cellars
Foreigners with background and experience in wine trade or service, planning to make good user of their time while enjoying a long-stay in the Philippines can now find jobs with Yats Wine Cellars in Philippines. Yats specializes in aged vintage wine
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR Log (Press Release) – Oct 09, 2009 – Yats Wine Cellars has job openings for foreigners in Philippines interested to work in the hospitality industry. Immediate openings are available in the wine division called Yats Wine Cellars (www.YatsWineCellars.com)
These jobs are in local not expat terms.
If you are foreigner living or planning to live in the Philippines, looking for a job that is no on expat terms and willing to work hard to prove yourself, you can approach Hong-Kong-based company Yats Leisure which is engaged in the development and operation of leisure and hospitality properties. At present, Yats is focused intensely in developing their properties in the Clark Subic region. … rest of article on expat jobs is here.
Note, please don’t write and ask me how to follow-up on this offer, all the contact info is in the article … and if you don’t care enough to email or preferably call Manila ((011-632-633-1566) on your own behalf, I sure can’t help you find a job, you aren’t looking hard enough. Sorry to be so ‘blunt’, but the truth is still the truth.
One reason I felt it was a good day to write about the wine business and jobs for foreigners in the hospitality industry in the Philippines was a conversation I had with a young chap the other day.
He’s currently enrolled in a hotel and restaurant management course in a local school, and this coming week will be off on a trip to Cebu where he will have a semester of “OJT”
… a more hoity-toity phrase for that is a “practicum” (if you give it a Latin name you can charge more, doctors found that out years ago.) (Colleges really make out on these deals, make the students work for zero wages and then charge them for the privilege … think Lincoln freed the slaves? Not in academia (sounds like macadamia))
I was enjoying talking to him about his hopes and dreams … but he doesn’t really have any, to speak of. When he graduates from his school, his goal is to get a job on a cruise ship and “escape” from the country of his birth.
“Why”, I asked, rather bluntly, as of course I often do. The answer, after a lot of mumbles was something to the effect that there is so little opportunity in the Philippines. Filipinos have to leave if they want to earn a decent living … and by default, a foreigner would have to be insane to come here and try to make a living in the hospitality industry.
For those who aren’t familiar with the word “fortuitous” (“fortuitous encounters–strange accidents of fortune”), I happened to be driving just a mile or two from a certain hotel and restaurant in Barrio Barretto, Olongapo City on the National Road, on my way north to the family farm holdings in San Marcelino.
I waited a few minutes until the building came in view and then pointed it out to my young friend. One thing that immediately would catch anyone’s eye was signage on the front that proclaimed the establishment had won awards, including one from the well-know Lonely Planet guidebook.
Now this young man has likely been past this same restaurant a thousand or more times, it’s on his direct route to and from school, but of course, he had never noticed it. I called his attention to the name of the place too, as we passed, it’s called “Dryden’s”.
I asked, “Do you know what’s unique about that place, aside from the awards it has won?”
Not surprisingly, he allowed that he had no idea.
I explained that the name came from the former owner, a fellow name of Tom Dryden, a man as American as apple pie, US born and bred, who had established the place about 30 years ago and operated it, successfully for more than 27 years. After that run of success, Tom sold out, at a profit of course, and retired. He was well along in years and probably felt he had earned a respite from the daily grind.
Now that story alone would be a successful tale in anyone’s books … foreigner comes to the Philippines and competes, head on, with Filipinos, deals with all the licensing, politics, supply issues, eruption of Mt Pinatubo, the closing of the American bases, etc. And still winds his business up with a bit of a flourish … not only did he sell as a going concern, it was well enough established that the new owners are still making a go of it.
But as this gentleman in the picture (Ed Valenti, the original Ginsu knife salesman) is famous for saying, there’s more:
Tom got tired of retirement and recently came back to the Philippines and opned (you guessed it) a new restaurant, not many kilometers down the road, in the Subic Bay Freeport (a place you are already acquainted with if you have read many of my articles).
It’s also called “Dryden’s” and I have eaten there several times and had the pleasure of some nice conversations with Tom himself. Excellent food, quite reasonable prices and does he have Filipino customers? Of course, Filipinos know good value as much as anyone does. And his food passes the Unofficial Cook’s taste and vlue test too, which many Filipino etablishments haven’t a prayer of doing.
I’ll be visiting Tom again RSN (Real Soon Now) and spouse says I should be writing about him for the blog … what do you think?
I do know that your ‘take away’ for today is, if you are thinking about making a living in the Philippines, and your tastes run toward the business side of things, then don’t listen to those who tell you what you can’t do … dream up what you want to do, plan it out carefully, and just do it. As I mentioned earlier in a comment to a reader today, one of the things that wears me down the most about living here is not any of the usual negatives foreigners talk about, it is the negative image everyone has about the place, including, sadly, a great many Filipinos.
This message goes out to all my readers, “foreign and domestic”. You can find jobs here, you can find business opportunities here, they say you can’t, but they don’t know what they are talking about.