A week ago I posted here in our blog a news item published in Saudi Gazette titled “Filipino Community Leader in EP Honored” written by seasoned Filipino news correspondent Mr. Joe Avancena. Today, in return, the whole Filipino community in Saudi Arabia honored him for making us proud as Filipinos in this country.
He worked in Saudi Gazette, a leading English newspaper in the Kingdom for over 30 years, at first as a reporter and later as Bureau Chief. He left Saudi Gazzette three years ago and took up a job as Editor at the Federation of GCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Dammam and kept on writing news articles with Saudi Gazette.
He earned his Master of Business Management/MBA degree at Philippine Christian University. He has spent much of his storied career in chronicling Filipino community events and OFW issues and concerns.
Joe witness the social and economic transformation of Saudi Arabia with deep understanding of their culture and history, the reason why he prefer to stay with his wife in the Kingdom rather going back home for good. His widow, Ana is currently working as Administrative Assistant of Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Al Khobar. They have two sons and five grandchildren.
The Filipino Community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will miss Joe Avancena and our thoughts and prayers are with his family; Ma’asalama Joe!