Filipino driver gets medal from Queen Elizabeth II

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A Filipino who has spent 33 years serving the British Embassy in Manila as its driver, has been recognized for his service by the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 24) — A Filipino who has spent 33 years serving the British Embassy in Manila as its driver, has been recognized for his service by the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Roland Quitevis received the British Empire Medal, the embassy said Tuesday, an award given for exemplary civil service.

Quitevis, an Ilocos Sur native, started his career at the embassy as a messenger when he was 22. He has since driven for UK Ambassadors to the Philippines and even members of the royal family, including Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Princess Anne and Prince Charles during their visits to the Philippines.

Quitevis shared that he had taken driving courses in the UK and trained on how to ensure safety and security such as doing precautionary checks and keeping the Ambassadors away from harm. He also studied how to conduct himself in special situations, such as when the Ambassador has a VIP visitor with him in the vehicle.

Quitevis also received the Service Recognition Award for excellent service from Ambassador Stephen Lillie.

“For me, every moment with all the Ambassadors has been unforgettable, as they have treated me like family and always with utmost respect,” he said. “Truly this is one for the books, and I will always be thankful to all (Her Majesty’s Advocates) that helped me reach this point in my career.”