Pinoy At Heart
A Frenchman in love
Renzelle Ann Palma | Aug 02, 2013
He claims that the Philippines chose him. Born and raised in France, he first set foot in the Philippines as a backpacker looking for the cheapest flight to any country. That is the first time the Philippines chose him. And then he met this beautiful Filipina, the second time the country chose him. And he never left since.
The CEO and president of his company, Paris-Manila Technology Corporation (PAMATEC), he set out a goal to help the country that adopted him. For his first project, he came up with a plan to bring economic progress by providing electric power to the town of Masbate.
Despite the insurgence of communist groups in the town, the situation didn’t stop him from fulfilling his goal. With his efforts, 100,000 residents are provided with electricity.
With the creativity of the Filipinos as his inspiration, his ongoing project is the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival in what he considers as his hometown, Puerto Galera, Mindoro Oriental. The festival showcases the talent, creativity and uniqueness of the Filipinos through music, arts and the culture. Puerto Galera, through D’Aboville’s efforts, is also recognized as one of The Most Beautiful Bays in the World.
In an effort to promote Puerto Galera as a tourist destination, he made use of his own land at the foot of Mt Malasimbo and set up a natural amphitheater which became the spot for the Malasimbo event. D’Aboville also puts great emphasis on culture, he said that tourists want more than the beach and diving, they want culture. He asked the indigenous people of Mindoro, the Mangyans, to build replicas of their houses for people to see how they try to preserve their culture and way of life.
Talking to this French nobleman, he is obviously smitten with the Philippines. He spoke passionately of promoting and his hopes of a better tourism for the country. He hopes to raise the spirit of the Filipinos through the music, arts and the culture. “Rise the spirit, and everything will rise” he said.
He cites the Filipino’s generosity and hospitality as his reasons to love and choose the Philippines. From distant memories of his backpacking days, he recounts how Filipinos welcomed him to their homes. From then on, D’Aboville fell in love with the country and in return, the Philippines embraced and chose him.