Becoming successful doesn’t just happen in just a snap of a finger. It takes vision, dedication, and a little bit of luck. In fact, some Filipino business giants have experienced poverty before attaining success.
Struggles are a normal part of the journey. Just take a look at the life of the Filipino-American who once dreamed of a bright future and now lives the good life in Guam.
Born in a poor family residing in the town of Nabua in Camarines Sur, Rino Manzano had to work at a young age to make ends meet.
He used to be a bet collector and an ice buko vendor on some occasions, roaming their town’s streets to help his grandmother earn a living. Because of how hard their life was back then, Rino and his grandmother were left with no choice but to resort to salt and oil as their viand sometimes.
However, those challenges that life threw at them did not become a hindrance to Rino’s success. Instead, he made them as his motivation to strive harder. With hard work and perseverance, he finished his tertiary education by selling memorial plans and working as a waiter. He also passed the board exam and became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Currently, Rino is one of the most in-demand leaders in the field of power engineering and energy integrating designs. Aside from being the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PODER company, he is also acting as the General Manager of Marianas Energy Co. in Guam.
As a matter of fact, several of the renowned power plant designs that are worth millions of dollars are designed by Rino’s company. Some of their clients hail from some countries in South America, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and South Korea.
If you would ask Rino on what his advice would be to the youth, he encouraged them to continue to be patient and not give up whether they encounter a problem or two along the way. After all, the color of your skin or size does measure a man’s success.
“I have worked with Enron, and I’m the only one with brown skin, and I’m the shortest guy… But I’m never scared because if you know what you are doing, it doesn’t matter if you are small, if you are brown, or whatsoever. You can do it,” Rino said in an interview with the local network, ABS-CBN.