Leo Barrameda – Illustrado 300 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf
A philanthropist and a community volunteer, Leo Barrameda has found his purpose in giving back to the community. For the past four years, he has supported the Blaan indigenous community of Sitio Kanibong, Tulunan, with the Adopt-a-School project, sending children to school for free. To date, Leo and his team have provided scholarships to 150 students under the Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education.
Leo is also head of several initiatives. He is the program head for the Philippine Business Council Fellowship, an 8-month program for Overseas Filipinos seeking to start businesses in the UAE, as well as for Gawad Kasambahay, the CSR initiative of the CMG Group, which honors outstanding and exemplary Filipino household workers in the emirates. For the first quarter of 2020, Leo is heading one of the biggest and most ambitious community projects in the country, Arte Pilipinas, the first festival of Philippine arts and culture, which will be presented to the multicultural audiences of the emirates.
Leo proves how the power of one man alone can influence many. As the key figure in worthwhile endeavors, he works tirelessly to share and inspire. “I want to be someone who volunteers and supports,” Leo says. “Capitalizing in the development of one community at a time.”
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Beneath his humble and timid visage, Leo Barrameda proves how the power of one can make a huge difference in changing the lives of others. After experiencing a series of harrowing events and challenges over the years and his exposure to charity work in 2015, he gained clarity on his life’s purpose and has since devoted his life to helping those around him.
Manager for the International Collectors Programme at Art Dubai, this philanthropist and community volunteer has been supporting the underprivileged through his skills as an entrepreneur and by sponsoring numerous charity organizations and initiatives. In recent years, together with his friends and himself driving the scholarship project, Leo’s group has sent hundreds of B’Laan kids to school. 2018, was a continuation of this effort, Leo has sent 100 kids to elementary school, supported ten high school students, and 50 enrollees of the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System. Through his social advocacy, Leo has also been awarded the title of “Global Pinoy Idol” by DZMM and TFC. This year, in Dubai, through the Philippine Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, he is also spearheading the PBC Fellowship: an intensive eight-month programme consisting of seminars and workshops aimed at skill and character building for young, upcoming entrepreneurs.
“I just want my actions and advocacies to inspire others. There is life after your eight-hour work routine, and there is a special feeling in helping those in need and giving back to the community,” Leo shares.
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