Back in 2006, Danny Coritao was a very problematic Filipino. He was unhappy with his job as an all around designer for a local printing press company. Work was heavy, and pay was barely enough for him, more so, for his family.
Back then, he was living in a small shack that had holes in the roof. The Philippines has only two types of season, rainy, and sunny. So, during the rainy season, he had to deal with a leaky roof, and the rest of the year, it was a hot and barely ventilated house.
Unhappy with his financial situation and with the need to express himself in his first love, the arts, he found a site that held regular design contests. He began joining these contests and usually got the 2nd place. However, because winning is never permanent, he finally lost. And the misery was double because it was already 2010, and he really wanted to resign from his job in the printing press.
Looking for advise and some consoling, he talked to his friends about his dilemma, and that’s when one of his friends, Sonny, told him, “You have huge potential. Why not try looking for work at Onlinejobs.ph?” That time, there was a bit of apprehension because his first experience wasn’t the best. He was initially scammed three months back, but he reconsidered, and that’s when his life turned around.
The 10 Peso Difference
With ten pesos in his pocket he went to an internet cafe and retrieved his old account. And then, he sent out his applications and wished himself luck.
Luckily for him, he got a reply. He was offered 10,000 Philippine pesos for him to quit his current job and work for a Singaporean company full time. He accepted the offer and that’s when his luck started to change for the better.
The Bold Move to Help Others
Danny admitted this job wasn’t the easiest in the world. He worked very hard and gave it his all. Sometimes, he even fell asleep in front of his computer because he was so tired, but he never complained because he had a goal, and was finally happy with his job.
These efforts were not in vain. Almost a year after he started his work, his boss offered him a 120% increase. Of course, he was happy with the offer. However, he found out that a fellow Filipino virtual assistant who had been working for the same employer for 3 years will not be given any increase at all.
While the offer was difficult to resist, he also felt for his fellow Filipino, and thought that maybe if he left the company, the increase would be dispersed among the team. So he did one bold move. He decided to decline the offer and leave the company so to help his team mates.
What Comes After Giving
After Danny left the company, he found out that his team mates indeed got the increase that he was hoping to be passed on to them, and that made him happy. And because of his talent and hard work, he found another job that gave him a 200% increase from his initial salary.
It was a happy ending for everyone.
With this new employer, he was able to harness his talents. He started joining logo design contests again and won first place 6 months in a row!
Continuous Stability and More Giving
There were times when employment didn’t work, and Danny had to find a new client, but because of the work experience, network, and awards he was able to build up, getting work was not that hard anymore. In fact, after years of working online, he was able to buy a motorcycle, and achieve is dream of building himself a house and furnish it with everything that he needed. Moreover, he also started a local T-shirt and Tarpaulin printing business.
Now, there was no doubt that he would be able to support himself and his family, but he still wanted more.
He wanted to share the blessings he has received. He has trained a total of 13 people, most were just out of school youth, 1 was a janitor, and the other a dental assistant. Now, they all have better lives, working for clients from Onlinejobs.ph.
The fulfillment he felt came not only from being able to pull himself from a miserable situation, but also being able to help those who were in need.
“First Thanks be to God, for without him I’m nothing. Next, I’d like to thank my Family. And, if I’m welcome, I’d like to thank Onlinejobs.ph, who I consider as my second family. :D” – Danny Coritao, a proud Filipino Designer Virtual Assistant
Danny, from the entire Onlinejobs.ph team, we are happy and honored that you consider us family. We consider you the same. And in behalf of John Jonas, Dan Goggins and the entire team, thank you for working hard and and sharing your skills and knowledge with those who need it. We wish you and your family all the best.
Find a Filipino Graphic Designer Virtual Assistant like Danny, who will not only do great work, but will also be a great blessing to his community. OnlineJobs.ph also has wordpress experts, php programmers, social media managers, and many other experts looking to work for you.
Danny sent us more photos to share more of his story. Enjoy the photos below!
Below are photos of the old place Danny used to live in. There is a good number of Filipinos who live in this type of home:
Levelling up a few years later, they moved into this place.
Today Danny now lives in his own home.
About Jessica Madrazo
Jessica creates content and support for OnlineJobs.ph. She is also involved in different advocacies like climate revolution, local arts, internet freedom, women’s rights and more.
She dreams of a world where people are able to tap their inner heroism and work together for a better world.
She has a Dalek watching over her computer.
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