Breaking the hotel industry's glass ceiling with Filipino hospitality, passion for work

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) — Anna Liza Vergara has been in the hospitality industry for over two decades now, but her love for work never wavers.

"One thing that really drives me and gravitates me to my job is my ability to be able to connect and bring the Filipino hospitality to the world," she told CNN Philippines' The Exchange with Rico Hizon.

This commitment to spreading the country's trademark hospitality, coupled with her passion for her profession helped bring her to where she is now: the first Filipino general manager of Sheraton Hotels. Vergara has been leading the helm of the five-star international hotel chain's operations in Manila since 2017.

The hotel executive recounted how she never envisioned to be in her current position, focusing rather on how she could ensure she's doing her job as excellently as possible.

"To me, my objective obviously is to be the best that I can be, to be able to break the glass ceiling, to be able to y’know, break the barrier that we put into ourselves," Vergara said.

Still, she acknowledged how getting the right elements — being in the right project with the right people, bosses, and mentors — allowed her the opportunity to hold such a prestigious position.

Despite her successes in the industry, Vergara emphasized the importance of balancing personal and professional lives, and that she's thankful her company puts premium on observing such balance.

"In the process, we're able to y'know, prioritize and ensure that when it is time for family, that we are given and respected the time that we have to spend with them. And if it's with work, then it's basically the same thing," she added.