I began my career after graduating with honors from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in Psychology. I worked part-time as a research assistant for one of my old professors while looking for more permanent work. I eventually became a management trainee at an oil company, and that became my first official job. It was a whole new experience for me, being a fresh grad, figuring out the workings of an environment I’ve never been in before.

After my working for a couple of years as a marketing supervisor, I decided to move on and started my own business with a few of my friends. We opened a food delivery service before it was the norm. I learned how to work in a professional kitchen, taking culinary lessons during times we didn’t have orders. When my partners decided to go in another direction, we closed up shop and it was time to move on again.

I was at a crossroads because I knew I wanted to teach. There were no real work opportunities at the time so I volunteered at the UP Psychology department as a teaching assistant, and I began helping out at the National University men’s basketball team’s practices. I met the head coach there during my time as a marketing person, and he graciously let me observe practice. Either way, I knew I would end up in a good situation.

Fast forward a few years and I find myself on a basketball court conducting practices. It’s not something I ever thought I would do in my life. How can my passion be my work? I have loved the game my whole life, I found solace in playing it, peace in dribbling and shooting alone late at night. Now I was living the dream of being a professional basketball coach.

Come late 2019, as the COVID pandemic strikes the whole world, basketball is no longer around. It will come back, but for now, I need another outlet for teaching and helping others. That’s where life coaching comes in.

Life coaching was suggested to me by my mentor, and I took a certification course to learn how it’s done. At first, I wasn’t confident I could do the work. I felt responsible in helping other people. What if I say something wrong? What if I hurt their feelings? My mentor, the head of the Metropolitan Psychological Corporation, then told me to push forward, giving me the boost I needed. She knew I could do a good job.

After working with a few clients now, I see the value of my past experiences. Coaching in sports for 6 years exposed me to a lot of different people with unique problems. Helping them get through it was actually life coaching already. I just didn’t have a name for what I was doing.

Now, I hope to make an impact on people’s lives directly as a life coach. Usually, these About pages have missions, visions, and core values. I haven’t gotten to the point of verbalizing it, but I know those all stem from my mindset of service.

All those roads led me to where I am now. If you’ve read this far, I hope I get to work with you soon. Please contact me if you’d like to discuss a possible coaching session.

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