Thoughtleader: Roman Guevara
For many life coaches, their only focus is to help the physical and mental well-being of an individual. Roman Guevarra, however, aims to bring out the mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness of his peers, especially Overseas Filipinos, who are away from their families.
Inspirational life coach Roman leads Rise Up in the region, helping and motivating Filipinos to live their best lives and providing them worthwhile counsel easing them through the sometimes challenging experiences of an expat Filipino. “I do a lot of counseling, group activities, and retreats that aim to help OF’s, especially those who are facing depression,” he says. “Besides our existing spiritual wellness programs in the UAE and other parts of the Middle East, we have also established similar programs such as those in Canada, Libya, Hong Kong, Japan, and the Philippines.”
He adds that helping people who are struggling with depression is his life-long legacy and achievement. He not only helps those who have mental concerns and problems, but through his work, he was also able to pay it forward by training others who would continue to do the same.
For those who want to get in on the action by helping others to be physically, mentally, and spiritually fit, Roman Guevarra says to have more professional and academic training. “This is our lifeblood after all, and I believe that I am born to serve this way.”
100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Roman Guevara – Life Coach
Some people are born to inspire others. But for Roman Guevara, a renowned life coach to countless Filipinos the UAE and back home, he was born to inspire others so that they too, can inspire others in return.
“Through our words, through our speeches, even through our simple conversation, we can inspire people, motivate people, encourage people, that though life may be tough and challenging, and many times for some, very difficult, but still, we can overcome,” he says. “We can hope, and we can rise up.”
He does this through his organization aptly named Rise Up Philippines which hosts conferences and camps to help young people in the Philippines, especially in the provinces, to realize their God-given potential and believe that they can accomplish great things in their lives. Thousands have already graduated from the training conferences and camps, and many of them testify how through these events, they have been motivated to live their lives to the fullest.
When Roman started to work Dubai, he has also established Rise Up Centers in various parts of the Middle East and Southeast Asia, helping OFW’s in multiple ways.
“We still conduct seminars and training programs concerning issues relevant to OFW’s and their families, covering topics like finances, love life, marriage, parenting, homesickness, stress, depression, health, legal issues, and spirituality,” Roman says. “Through our centers, we have also assisted many of our kababayans who have lost their jobs to find new ones, either in their present country of assignment or in the other countries where we have centers. We have also assisted those with legal cases and have problems going back to the Philippines.”
Photography by: Alex Callueng
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