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Pio Abad – The Venetian Macau hires 500th Filipino employee, The Philippine Star, 10 June 2013
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The Venetian Macau hires 500th Filipino employee, The Philippine Star, 10 June 2013
By Pio Abad
Filipinos are among the most in-demand workers in the hotel and restaurant industry.  Filipinos in Macau comprise the second largest population after mainland China. Macau continues to boom, overtaking Las Vegas with several new resorts opening in the next few years. This means thousands of job opportunities for Filipino workers.  “Macau is also one of the highest-paying cities for hospitality workers, almost doubling what a Filipino receives in the Middle East,” said Paolo Martel, managing director for Ikon Solutions. Ikon Solutions is a full-service licensed recruitment agency with offices in Manila, Cebu, Macau and Hong Kong.  It specializes in recruiting personnel from all corners of the Philippines.  Recently, The Venetian, Macau’s largest casino has just appointed its 500th Filipino employee.  A special presentation marked the occasion. “The very warm reception of Sembrano as the Venetian’s 500th employee speaks volumes about how the management appreciates the excellent work that she and other Filipinos like her provide to the hotel,” said Martel of Ikon, which recruited Sembrano for the hotel. Ikon helps Filipino job seekers and employers through various online channels and initiatives. Ikon has removed the middlemen or broker system, which in the past has led to workers being exploited. Applicants through Ikon are guaranteed that they will never have to pay exorbitant fees to find the right jobs. Pio Abad (b. 1983, Manila, Philippines) lives and works in London. He recently took part in The Talks at One Thoresby Street (2014). Recent solo exhibitions include: A Short History of Decay, Silverlens, Gillman Barracks, Singapore (2015); Some Are Smarter Than Others, Gasworks, London (2014); The Collection of Jane Ryan and William Saunders, Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Manila (2014); Every Tool is a Weapon if You Hold it Right, Silverlens Gallery, Manila (2013) and For Anti-Imperialist Solidarity, Peace and Friendship, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2013). His group exhibitions include: Pre-pop to Post-human: Collage in the Digital Age, A Hayward Touring Exhibition (2014); Market Forces: The Friction of Opposites, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong (2013); A Conspiracy of Detail, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow (2013); Glasgow International 2012 and London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2012).