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A young graduate who tried his luck in the United States; a high school student whose parents are insurance agency leaders; and a former actress and beauty queen turned event host and accountant.
These individuals shared their struggles, challenges, rewards, achievements, and how “doing good for others” changed their lives for the better at the recent Insular Life (InLife) Winners Circle Business Opportunity Forum held in Iloilo City, and online via Zoom.
Focusing on what matters most
Stacey Zachary Exaltacion was doing his internship in New Jersey when he first experienced not having enough money to buy food. Knocking on doors and hoping that a fellow Filipino would help him out made him refocus his goals.
“Where do I want to be? What do I want to become?” he asked himself.
When he returned from the US, his mother Zaldinia Exaltacion, InLife district sales manager, asked if he would like to train to be a financial advisor.
“I grabbed the opportunity. I even enjoyed the training,” shared Exaltacion. “But I was hesitant to make a career out of it.”
After weighing his options, he soon realized that InLife offered what he needed — financial freedom, benefits, rewards, travels, and incentives. But beyond these, “it’s the satisfaction one gets in making a difference in people’s lives through financial planning.”
Exaltacion is now a licensed financial advisor and unit manager of InLife’s G&S Financial Team District Sales Office.
The perks of being an InLife baby
Princess Cecile Gurrea is the daughter of InLife agency leaders Cecile and Mercy Gurrea from Cebu. Because of her parents’ work, she and her siblings have been able to travel the world — for free. At only 18 years old, Gurrea has already been to 15 countries.
“All of these are made even more memorable because I was with my family,” the consistent honor student said.
More than the travels, Gurrea is most thankful for the comfortable life that InLife has afforded his family.
“As early as zero age, my parents got me insurance and investments — for my debut, college education, properties, business capitalization, and retirement,” she shared.
Gurrea considers herself a proud InLife baby and feels blessed that her parents arehelping other Filipino families achieve their financial goals.
“This career is not just about commission and incentives; it’s more about reaching your and your loved ones’ dreams,” she said.
Finding meaning and purpose in what you do
Masumay Booc has a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Cebu, and a diploma in Performing Arts. She’s an actress, a member of a girl group, a disc jockey, and a beauty queen (Miss Lapu-Lapu 2013). Booc hosts events and owns her own fitness gym with her fiancée. It was, however, in the insurance industry, that she has found her calling.
In July 2019, she decided to become a financial advisor. In January 2020, she joined finally the Agila Financial Team General Insurance Agency, Inc.
She shared that her decision was motivated by purpose. “I want to get rich — with a purpose,” Booc shared.
While it took her 10 months to close her first sale, Booc did not give up and her hard work has paid off. She was also promoted as InLife unit manager.
“We will not be remembered by the professions and the titles that we hold. It is not about the recognitions and awards we receive, but the difference we’ve made in other people's lives and how we've used our talent to benefit others,” Booc emphasized.
Opportunities made possible by InLife
Exaltacion, Gurrea, and Booc are all part of the InLife family, the largest Filipino life insurance company in the country with a mission to provide “A Lifetime for Good” to Filipinos.
InLife chief operating officer Efren C. Caringal Jr. encouraged Filipinos to start their journey with InLife as financial advisors.
“Insurance companies provide social good. Whenever our claimants get the benefits from their insurance plan, we present our real value as an insurance company. InLife has a strong sense of mission. We want to provide financial security to Filipinos. We want to empower Filipino families to live longer, healthier, and happier lives,” Caringal said.
As of December 2021, InLife’s net worth has reached P44 billion with a net income of P4.7 billion.
“InLife is a picture of financial strength. InLife has been around for close to 112 years, and we grow stronger year-on-year. InLife has survived two World Wars and the recent pandemic. Last year was one of our strongest years,” Caringal said.
For details on how to start a career of doing good for others as InLife financial advisors, visit the InLife website.
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Editor’s Note: This article was provided by Insular Life.