Success is a Journey

hatol"Dualtech has given me so much. The skills to succeed in the real world; the values to be part of a workforce with a conscience; the strength of character to persevere, and definitely - friends. ... It has been a long, and at times not an easy path. As a wiseman once said…“ Success is not a destination; It’s not a completion of a task. Success is a journey, seeking and learning in each life’s situation. Constantly making ourselves better as human beings. Dualtech boys, you are all a success. You’re at Dualtech." -- Emmanuel “ Manny” A. Hatol Jr  is currently the Senior Extrusion Process Engineer & Consultant at Medical Device Company in Florida, USA.


Born a Bicolano, I moved to Manila at the age of 6. I went to Elementary and High School in Las Piñas and at college at Technological Institute of the Philippines but only finished one year.

It was 1986 when my dad lost his job in the military that my brother and I volunteered to quit school due to finance. With bills piling up, I had to find work to help my family. At age 18, I landed my first paying job at a rubber factory (Latex Rubber Products) in Las Piñas, Manila. I made P250.00 a week, and that was with overtime.

I still remember it as if it was yesterday, I would wake up at 5:30 in the morning, ran down the street to buy P3.00 pandesal with a slice of “keso” for another peso. In cut off shirt, cut off shorts, and tsinelas (slippers), I would walk a good mile eating my pandesal. It would all be eaten up by the time I got to work at 6:00 AM. Of course I would be thirsty from both the walk and eating pandesal but lucky me, there was a good NAWASA water at work from an outside faucet (gripo).

My job is a utility boy. Meaning, everybody utilizes me for just about anything. From operating machineries, delivering products to costumers/buyers, janitorial work, and picking up ordered lunches by the office workers. It was hard work and at times embarrassing job.  I knew that I could do more than just being a utility boy and the only way to be better was to get myself back in school.

Early 1987, I met Raul, a Dualtech scholar (Batch A1-A2), while playing basketball and we became good friends. At one of our conversations, he mentioned about recruitment of Dualtech Center for the Apprenticeship program. He urged me to sign up. So I did! I took the exam, got interviewed and passed. The rest is HISTORY!

I reminisced going through 6 months of Basic Training along with other 19 apprentices. Going to Batangas for the retreat and going to the out of town seminars. Sad to say but not all other 19 apprentices made it through the entire program. At graduation, only seven graduated.

Even to this day, 23 years later, all seven of us are still very close friends. Even with almost everyone either working or living in another country. We still chat on the phone or on line every now and then. We are all ninongs (godfathers) to everyone’s first born, which make us officially all “kumpares “.

Dualtech has given me so much. The skills to succeed in the real world; the values to be part of a workforce with a conscience; the strength of character to persevere, and definitely - friends.

Now, I work as a Senior Engineer for a Medical Device company in Florida. I fly on weekend to Boston to my farm. I am married with three wonderful children. Life has improved from 23 years ago making P250 a week.

It has been a long, and at times not an easy path. As a wiseman once said…“ Success is not a destination; It’s not a completion of a task. Success is a journey, seeking and learning in each life’s situation. Constantly making ourselves better as human beings. Dualtech boys, you are all a success. You’re at Dualtech.

Emmanuel “ Manny” A. Hatol Jr   

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