An Abu Dhabi-based vlogger was recently hailed as 'Food/Travel Blogger of the Year' during the Middle East Hozpitality Award 2022 at the Arabian Ranches Golf Club.
Em Serrano, a top-rated food vlogger in Dubai, said she was 'super happy, flattered, shocked' when her name was announced during the awarding ceremonies.
"Gusto kong maiyak sa saya. Out of hundreds nominees, down to seven finalists, ako ang nanalo," the Filipina vlogger wrote in a Facebook post.
She was the only finalist from the Philippines.
"[Ito'y] isang patunay na kayang makipagsabayan ng mga Filipino sa international [arena]," she added.
Em thanks her social media followers who have supported her vlogging journey in the UAE, and to her family who she considers her inspiration.
"Sa mga kaibigan kong sumusuporta at andiyan kapag kailangan ko at hindi ako iniiwan sa ere," she said, noting that dreams do come true.
"Totoo talaga ito. With hard work and prayers, lahat matutupad. Lahat mangyayari in God's perfect timing," she said.
Em has been nominated for the category for three consecutive years now.
"It takes a little patience and it takes a lot of faith. But it's worth the wait. Mangarap at tuparin ang pangarap," she added.