From maid to made: Multinational CEO Rebecca Bustamante shares her story


Hard work and a love for studying took Rebecca Bustamante from helper to business leader. Photo from

I have nothing to post today for on my own.


I just wanted to share this story. The story of a Filipina who became from maid to made a Multinational CEO.

During her childhood, she was just like me, she sold pandesal, ice buko, and ice candy.

At age 19, she worked in Singapore as a maid to support her brother and sisters for their education.

The seventh of 11 siblings, Bustamante grew up in poverty. She was 18 when her mother died, forcing her to leave her hometown of Dasol, Pangasinan and work in a factory in Bataan to put her younger brothers and sisters through school. Their father had no steady job.

Even when she was in high school, Bustamante worked to earn money for her schooling.

“I used to work as a helper with different families in my hometown. I also worked for a mayor as a saleslady in their store,” she said.

“As a kid, I sold pandesal, ice buko, ice candy. I also helped my mother sell fish on the market…I enjoyed doing it,” she said. “I think I loved sales even as a kid.”

In 1986, when she was 19, Bustamante began working as a domestic helper in Singapore. During her three years in the job, she also studied Accounting at the Open University of Singapore Institute of Management. She was even able to finish the undergraduate program without her employers knowing it.

“I did my studying during the evenings when everyone was asleep. From 11 in the evening to 1 a.m. [I would] start my job at 5 a.m. I was only given a day off. That one day off I would go to school to talk to my professors and get my whole month’s worth of homework,” she said.

“It was very hard, but I was determined to pursue my education to help my brothers and sisters back home.”

To read more about her story, please click the link below provided.

I was just inspired by her story, that’s why I am sharing this to inspire you too.

“Nothing is impossible, whatever you are, whoever you are, if you have a determination then you can reach your goals.” invest in time and knowledge.

This is a similar story of mine from nothing into something.

Below is the original link: GMA Network Philippine News

GMA Network Philippine News



6 thoughts on “From maid to made: Multinational CEO Rebecca Bustamante shares her story

  1. Hello Ladies! Merry Christmas!
    Yes! It’s truly inspiring. Ms. Rebecca Bustamante is truly an inspiration. Cheering up women’s for being a great leader.


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