Thoughtleaders – Art and Rachel Los Banos
Communication Experts & Humanitarians
Talented PR Man Art Los Banos and broadcast journalist Rachel Los Banos continue to use their God-given talents doing social development work with the CFC community in the UAE and beyond. In 2019, along with other volunteers, they had conducted seminars on value formation, mental health and depression, as well creative arts, extending their support and guidance to community members from Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, even as far as Mozambique.
Well-known in the community for their initiatives with FEME (Filipino Excellence in the Middle East), Art and Rachel published the FEME Connect Directory project in 2016; have hosted a radio programme with Dubai Eye 103.8 for 3 years, and also facilitated FEME Forum hosting talks on topic of benefit to entrepreneurs and community leaders.
Art, who has lent his know-how on a variety of other projects shares what drives him to strive for the community, “I hope to further raise our public image as an enterprising, professionally-oriented, highly qualified and socially aware ethnic group in the global city of Dubai in particular and in the UAE in general.”
For Rachel, whose stories through the ABS-CBN network has moved government agencies, Filipino organizations and private individuals to take action and provide assistance to distressed kababayans in the country, on the other hand shares, “I wish to collaborate even more with other like-minded Filipinos whose goal is to promote and protect the good reputation of Filipinos while living and working overseas.”
RACHEL & ART LOS BAÑOS
Communicators, Entrepreneurial Couple
Rachel and Art have always been bound by their shared commitment towards achieving excellence in everything that they do – as individuals and as a couple. Rachel is a prolific media personality who covers the UAE’s most important Filipino events via TFC and Tag Radio. Art is a seasoned PR consultant who currently handles the corporate communications and CSR efforts of a large multinational company. Together, they have spearheaded the launch the FEME Connect Directory – a free directory distributed in Dubai and Abu Dhabi containing names and contact numbers of Filipino professionals and entrepreneurs in the UAE.
The FEME Connect Directory is the natural progression of Rachel and Art’s excellence-themed journey through the UAE’s business and media sector. What started out as a radio show at the Dubai Eye 103.8 FM has now turned into a movement, with various activities in the pipeline all designed to propagate the FEME brand of Pinoy pride. Art elaborates: “FEME inspires, encourages and empowers everyone to rise above their fears and insecurities and to raise their level of professionalism and entrepreneurship without forgetting God as the source of everything.”
Photo by Alex Callueng; Photography Assistant – Bethoven Filomeno Special thanks to – Giordano, Nikon, Liali Jewellery, Lulu, Mitsubishi and Western Union.