Filipino Janitor, John Andrew Dangca has gained traction after becoming a restaurant owner in Australia.
Dangca was just 19 years old when he first arrived in Australia with the help of relatives. He worked with multiple manual labor jobs to help provide support for his family.
“Maraming mga pagsubok, katulad no’ng nakakatulog po ako sa train station. Dire-diretso po ako papunta sa kabilang trabaho, ganyan. Sa bus, nakakatulog po. Parang doon narin po ako nakakapagpahinga,” he shared.
While doing multiple jobs, Dangca was also studying. After finishing a diploma program, he applied for a position as an assistant at an elderly care home. To earn extra money, he nonetheless kept working as a janitor.
“Nag-umpisa po ako dito as international student po, way back 2013 po. Kinuha po ako ng tita ko, yung eldest sister nung father ko. ’Tapos yun po, naging working student po ako. Nag-work po ako as a cleaner. Nagwu-work po ako sa gabi, nag-aaral po sa umaga,” he said.
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Dangca is now the owner of Salu-Salo Restaurant in Canberra, Australia, which has been serving Filipino food for over two years. His restaurant delivers authentic Filipino cuisine and also has a private area where customers may gather and enjoy excellent meals.
Through hard work and persistence Dangca slowly saved enough money and managed to bring the rest of his family to Australia.
“Hindi po talaga ganoon kadali sa umpisa. Maranasan natin ‘yung mga failures, ‘yung mga challenges, pero sa bandang huli, makakamit po ‘yun,” shares World-class Filipino John Andrew Dangca.