By Princess Aileen Quimpo
Born in Ilo-Ilo City, Faith Ocampo-Clero has wanted to be a doctor ever since she was a child. Faith received an education in Radiologic Technology in Ilo-Ilo Doctors College, and aside from medicine, she also did modelling in which she was managed by her friend Oscar Peralta and Pitoy Moreno.
After her education, she worked in real estates for a couple of years before she was able to buy a property in Palawan, which she developed and sold. Through her dream of becoming a doctor she fortunately met her lifetime partner, Dr. Pierre R. Clero, a plastic surgeon, who she married and has two daughters with and became a team not only at home, but also in the workplace. Faith started handling all their clinics, which they have in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Bahrain, and the latest in Qatar, which will be opened in a month. Currently, Faith and her family have been living in Bahrain for almost 4 years now, and becoming the Managing Director of their own company, she got to meet new ladies, with whom she became friends, and built relationships with. She may not get the title, but working with her husband, being hands-on during the procedures, and seeing the patients satisfied with the result is not far from what she actually dreamt of. In addition, not only she was able to build connections with the patients but, they’ve got to refer more patients, which are both good things for the company. However, on their journey to success there were also difficulties they often encountered such as explaining technical terms to the patients, and how they carry out the proceudres, especially when they ask questions such as the techniques of the other doctors, which would result to different outcomes.
Dreams and hard work go hand in hand to achieve your goal.
There are also cultural barriers they have recognized that people need to understand like having a plastic surgery is no longer a strange procedure and has become part of the norm.
In other countries, especially in Gulf region, people regularly get plastic surgery, most importantly the wealthy, who are mostly the patrons of their business. Overseeing the whole business is not an easy task to do, especially when you balance your life and work, and as well as organize your time, but one thing they have done continuously is attending conferences that would add to their knowledge, and help them overcome the interferences, enhance their skills in managing time, learn new techniques and technologies that are continuously innovating.
Some of the proceeds of their business were donated to charities like the Social Welfare for the Elderly.
Attending conferences that would add to their knowledge, and help them overcome the interferences, enhance their skills in managing time, learn new techniques and technologies that are continuously innovating.
Additionally, Faith gives scholarships for Filipino children in the Philippines, who were unable to pay for their education. Every December, she sends balikbayan boxes consisting of clothes that she doesn’t wear anymore, and shares her blessings with families in the Philippines so they could enjoy celebrating their Noche Buena. The scholars that she supported, would also be offered a job in their own farm, which Faith decided to open up a restaurant with, in their hometown in Ilo-Ilo City, Philippines. When she was asked about settling down, she said she wanted to be a farmer, and have their land expanded to provide more job opportunities to Filipinos, so that the people in the provinces wouldn’t sacrifice their home and family to work in Manila.
Faith also mentioned that if there are trainings, and conferences to be put up here in Bahrain, she would be very willing to share her knowledge and experiences, and help the pride of Filipino women working in abroad. Faith depicted that dreams and hard work go hand in hand to achieve your goal.