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Mark Anthony B. Maranga

Mark Anthony B. Maranga

Mark Anthony B. Maranga is the owner and developer of this travel blog. He works as a freelance/home-based SEO Specialist, Website Developer and Blogger and he has made almost a hundred websites already.

Before he got into Website Development and SEO, he first started working as a part-time crew member of KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) while he was on his 3rd year in college. He had to leave the food chain because of school projects. In his last year of taking Bachelor of Science in Technical Education (major in Industrial Electronics) in Don Bosco Technology Center, he had his first school-OJT (on the job training) in CTS (College of Technological Sciences-Cebu), teaching electronics theory and laboratory subjects to 2nd year ECE (Electronics and Communications Engineering) students.

On his industry-OJT, he went to Celestica Philippines without knowing what type of job he’ll be doing. He was lucky enough to be acquired by the HWDE (Hardware Design Engineering Department) and tasked to do component-library and PWB (Printed Wiring Board) designs using a Japanese-developed software. In five months, he got a full-time job in the same company as a Design Engineering Support working mostly on electronics component-specifications documents. After 2 years, his manager, Sir James Din, decided to promote him after he gave his resignation letter. He decided to stay because of his advancement as Procurement Engineer. He was transferred to the Supply-Chain Management Department but the skills, knowledge and attitude he acquired from the HWDE group remained in him. He was the only non-engineering graduate from his new group, so he doubled his efforts to learn the things he needed to learn and easily got the trust from his new boss, Sir Raymund Retutal.

Mark got a lot of chance to talk with people from the different provinces in the Philippines as well as people from all over the world to discuss and negotiate their products and components for Celestica to use in manufacturing their own products. He always tried to have a small-talk with them by asking them some information about their place. And then… his urge to travel and discover new places was triggered – but he doesn’t have enough “travel funds” yet.

Mark resigned from the job and decided to look for greener pastures. He applied for jobs which he’s not knowledgeable and marketable enough but still luckily got the job offer – Ship Designer, Production Engineer, Product Manager, etc. The salaries offered were fairly high but not high enough to allow him to do what he really wants to do in life – Travel, Photograph, Write.

Mark decided to self-study IT as his then girlfriend, now his wife, Lisa Rae graduated from IT in a prestigious school in Iligan City – MSU-IIT (Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology). He was lucky enough to get a free training from TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) for Computer Troubleshooting and Networking Class. While having the training class, he applied as a Management Trainee in Informatics Computer School. Without minding, he luckily got the job, a job which, at first, he thought would give him a very less chance of getting hired. As a Management Trainee, he was trained to do administrative work and given the chance to teach Business Subjects at the same time. He also helped in marketing and selling the school to graduating high-school students by means of career talks.

In the following school year, he was asked if he could teach HTML (Hyper-Text Markup Language) and never hesitated even though he has limited knowledge about it. He’s literally 1-page ahead of his students but it did not stop him from giving his students the lessons they needed to learn – and he know he delivered the subject matter well because he was given an excellent grade by his students during the teacher evaluation.

Because of the trust of Ms. Jennifer Sebastian, the Academic Head, he got to teach other IT subjects including MS Access, PC Troubleshooting and Networking, System’s Analysis and Design, Web Programming, Internet and Basic Computer to part-time and full-time students as well as Flash Animation, Photoshop and Web Design to JITS (Junior Information Technology Society) members.

Then there was a job opening for a Web/IT teacher in UP (University of the Philippines), a prestigious school in the Philippines (famous for their oblation run). Mark knew the pay would not make a big impact but a lot more opportunities will open for him because of the influence of the school. As part of the hiring process, he was tasked to demonstrate in-front of the school heads and selected students – and it was brilliant! The several rounds of interviews by the principal, school administrators, head teachers were seamless and his medical exam was fine. He was advised to resign from his present job to start processing his requirements so he can start teaching as soon as possible. He was very responsive… Then, someone looked at his college records and discovered he had failure grades. They told him they were no longer hiring him. Mark was dismayed because he already spent a lot of time, money and used a lot of vacation leaves just to get the job. Sad to know that someone who has not met Mark or interviewed him believes that his failing grades 5 years ago is a manifestation of the present him.

After that day, Mark thought that God may want to give something better to him.

He decided to withdraw his resignation in Informatics and decided to stay. After a couple of months, he was pirated by a French-owned Company as a Project Manager after discovering his management skills.  He was assigned to oversee several web developers as well as develop E-commerce Websites. This helped him enhanced his skills in PHP, Paypal, Website security and other E-commerce related skills.

In less than four months he was pirated by an American-owned Company as a Manager, who also works as an SEO Specialist and Web Developer. He got to call and teach Americans how to manage their own websites.

Six months later he decided to work home-based.

In his 3 years working in Web Development and SEO, he has worked with a lot of foreign customers mostly from the US, Canada, UK, France, Ireland and Vietnam. At the same time, he makes his own blog sites specific to boxing and MMA (mixed martial arts) events and places some advertisements on his websites to earn additional income.

It’s really a blessing that he get a decent income from his current job. Mark loves to work in the Philippines but he’s still open to working (and possibly migrating) abroad if there’s a good opportunity in a well-known and stable company.

Now, Mark will be enjoying (and hopefully continue to enjoy) the “fruits of his labor”. Through blogging, he gets to do the things he love the most – and earn at the same time. Together with his wife Lisa Rae and his cute son Stephen Alexis, they will be showing you the Filipino way of living in a different perspective.

Come, travel and explore the Philippines and be amazed to see the country of 7107 islands and opportunities.

Tara na, Biyahe tayo!

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