Known as “King” by his family and friends, firstborn among five siblings, he was raised in San Isidro, Curva, Batangas City. A simple boy who wanted nothing but a good life for his family tried his hardest and grabbed each opportunity that came.
With his mantra, “Just keep going,” King mustered all his courage and took the Sanayan sa Kakayahang Industriyal (SKIL) exam conducted by Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) in 2011. He passed the exam and the interview and was able to participate in the Leadership Enhancement and Attitude Development Workshop.
Later on, King became a welding trainee at Keppel. According to him, the training was never easy, but he treated the difficulties as his motivation to keep going. He also accepted other tasks given him as he considered it a gain on his end: “Hindi naman ako nakapagtapos ng kolehiyo kaya hindi ako namimili ng trabaho. Ang drive ko ay para sa pamilya ko, para sa aking sarili, at para sa aking future. (I wasn’t able to finish college so I’m not complaining when it comes to work. My drive is for my family, myself, and my future.)”
Armed with his motivation, King applied for a job in one of the contractors of the Shell Refinery during a shutdown in 2012. Equipped with the knowledge he gathered and skills he learned from SKIL and his apprenticeship at Keppel, he accepted the task given him even though it was not focused on welding. He was trained to be a mechanical fitter and that was how he started.
Every project completion, King would keep himself busy by looking for other job opportunities or trainings to add up to his knowledge. Since then, King has been involved in various projects within Batangas.