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Your Ability Is Stronger Than Your Disability – Interview with Christopher Quilalang

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Your Ability Is Stronger Than Your Disability – Interview with Christopher Quilalang #JasSuccess

Watch this interview with Christopher Quilalang, who is a successful freelancer despite his hearing disability.

He may have lost his hearing, but he didn't lose his spirit and still found ways to sustain his needs and lifestyle – which is through freelance writing.

“Unemployment is a common struggle among PWDs (Persons With Disability) in the country. So I have to resort to freelancing to be self-reliant. Ayoko naman iasa ang pangangailangan ko (at pang-gala! lol) sa pamilya ko kung me kakayahan naman akong magtrabaho.” – Topher

Learn how Christopher bravely discovered that his ability is greater than his disability, and how he manages to travel while working!

Get to know his extraordinary story of courage as he conquered the challenges of being a PWD in this world of freelancing.

In this interview, Topher talked about:

✅ The Challenges He Encountered in Freelancing as a PWD and How He Was Able to Overcome Them

✅ How VA Bootcamp Introduced Him to the “Bigger” Aspects of Online Work

✅ How Writing Became His Gateway to Pursue Other Niches such as SEO and WordPress

And a whole lot more…

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Your Ability Is Stronger Than Your Disability – Interview with Christopher Quilalang

See how Christopher's career change from being a Main Process Engineer to a Freelance Writer.

Be inspired with his journey as he pursues Freelance Writing despite his Hearing Disability.

Notable Quotes:

  • Good thing, Jason accommodated He hired transcribers to transcript the lessons. It's a very big help kasi andami kong natutunan.
  • Ambilis ng oras, kapag hinayaan mo lang andami nang nasayang na oras, so you really have to start somewhere. And you really don't have to be perfect to start something.
  • Nung nag start ako, isip ko lang, I wanna build experience. I wanna build a strong portfolio, so kahit medyo mababa, though medyo piliin din yung mga jobs na medyo may kababaan yung rate, pero meron ibang rewards, kumbaga kung matututo ka.
  • Try to learn new skills para meron kang ibang options.
  • If you want to be a digital nomad, it would definitely do good kung freelancer ka.
  • So, if you think, it's difficult for you to find a job, think more kung may disability ka.
  • Ngayon with freelancing, pwede kang makipagsabayan, kahit ‘di ka college graduate, kahit may disability ka, if you're willing to learn, if you have something to offer for clients pwede kang makapag trabaho.
  • If life hits you hard, it's either you let yourself drown or accept the challenge and dream along. I'm glad that I did the latter and accepted the challenge,
  • Narealize ko yung importance ng family at nang may support system because you cannot do things on your own.

Christopher's Journey to Freelancing

  • He used to do Chemistry jobs after college.
  • He worked as Lab Technician, Quality Control, RND, and Technical support for 14 years and recently he worked Main Process Engineer.
  • When he was in college, he used to do tutoring to have some extra allowance and pay for his tuition. And that's the time when he realized how he can translate complex technical complex into very simple terms that kids can easily understand.
  • He got a job as an Editorial Assistant for a Local Publisher of Educational magazine during his last semester in College.
  • He worked in a call center last 2014 for a web hosting company in the United States for 6 months and he learned how the internet and domain works. And it helped him a lot while he was studying SEO lately.
  • He conquered his fear of speaking in English when he worked in the Call Center.
  • He accidentally stumbled upon Odesk (UpWork) last 2010 and he discovered that he can pursue his talent in Writing.
  • He wrote articles for News Sports Sites (writing Tennis News and Editorials) during weekends.
  • He stopped in 2011 due to a hectic schedule and heavy load of his regular work.
  • In 2014, He got sick with Multiple Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Disability (not the ordinary Tuberculosis type). He undergoes medication for 1.5 years. One of the side effects of the medication was his hearing loss. And hearing aid can't help him anymore.
  • After his Medication with MDRTD, he started applying for other jobs in Manufacturing and BPO Industry but unluckily, he wasn't accepted, and it made him feel down that time.
  • Then he realized to pursue Freelancing again in 2015.
  • In 2017, his Upwork account was suspended without knowing why and he diversified, Hubstaff, Craigslist, and other freelancing sites
  • He again enrolled in a VA School that caters people with disability.
  • Had an opportunity to be an Academic writer in 2016.
  • Right now, he's editing write-ups of some writers and now enjoying the benefit of working from home.

Q & A Highlights

How do you overcome those setbacks and obstacles?

So una, I have to know and re-evaluate my strengths and weakness. Change na rin ng mindset and kailangan self-reliant and resourceful and know how to discipline myself cause I’m not in the corporate set-up anymore.

Is your life better now/How good is your life now?

I'm in a way better of place right now, not only financially but also of society. I start to contribute to my family's needs again. And then I was able to provide for myself and naging self-reliant ulit.

What are the benefits of freelancing?

Una, no more commuting. We all know how stressful commuting in Metro Manila is. I got better control of my time and flexibility to work anywhere.

Life problems solved by freelancing. Kahit dika college graduate, pwede kang makipagsabayan kahit may disability ka. If you’re willing to learn and if you have something to offer to clients, pwede kang makapag trabaho. Yun and one nice thing about freelancing.

So, if you think, it's difficult for you to find a job, think more kung may disability ka. Mas mahirap fo us kasi may notion na may limitations kapag may disbility ka.

Napag aaralan ba talaga to be great in writing or you need to be a bit good somehow?

I’m not really a good writer, aminado ako palpak ang grammar ko. Pero, I think, you don't have to be good in writing to start. Siguro if you really like to write and if you really like how to express yourself, it's a good start. Kumbaga it's going to be a continous process.

Sino ang inspiration mo?

I should say nalang na dati, diko narealize ang importance ng family at nang may support system ka, until nagkasakit ako. Yun yung time na narealize ko ang importance ng family at nang may support system. Because you cannot do things on your own and you’ll always have to seek help from other people.

Pano ka ba nag start maging Freelance Writer/ Ano yung guidelines para maging isang freelance writer?

Aksidente ko lang na nakita yung Odesk (Upwork) and nag try ako mag sulat. Side gig lang naman. Pero yung talagang nag serious ako into freelancing naghanap ako ng openings sa Upwork. I started dun sa jobs na alam kong sakto ako.

Siguro, mag start ka kung alam mo kung saan yung strength mo. Mag start kang mag branch out at mag practice every day.

133 thoughts on “Your Ability Is Stronger Than Your Disability – Interview with Christopher Quilalang

  1. watching replay po. from Bataan

  2. I learned a lot in your interview and from now i want to start reading a lot more to express myself because i want to learn how to write.

  3. Helllo Can i apply as a freelancer i am a PWD…

  4. Good Job! Topher Quilalang khit isang kang disable, you’re able to have a good life, Be Thankful you have a supportive family. GoodBye lab/chemistry101.

  5. #teamreplay watching from California

  6. Im almost stock for almost 13 a line leader if finishing production im in field also like topher in manufacturing..but now im at home with my daughter..and i want a really job that im at home to see and to guide my daughter while at my question is?? Its very hard to be a freelancing because i have no experience in writing..

  7. I’m watching from Tumauini Isabela

  8. Shared to my page 😊

  9. #relate sa TB :O grabe 1.5 years. 6 months treatment ko nga nun before para na akong aayaw eh Wheeew . Salute to you Topher

  10. watching from kanagawa, japan

  11. Watching from singapore ?

  12. Watching from singapore 😊

  13. Hai im intersted .. from cagayan. De oro city..

  14. This is a very inspiring testimony,

  15. Watching the replay. Nice to know you Thoper , thanks for sharing your story.

  16. Hi Kuya Bong! (Topher Quilalang) Really inspiring to hear this. I was his neighbor before. He is really a smart guy. Remember Battle of the Brains during the 90’s? I know sumali siya dun before. Really amazing! ?

  17. Hi Kuya Bong! (Topher Quilalang) Really inspiring to hear this. I was his neighbor before. He is really a smart guy. Remember Battle of the Brains during the 90’s? I know sumali siya dun before. Really amazing! 😊

  18. Thank you for your inspiring story sir

  19. Good evening! Watching from Baguio City. ?

  20. Good evening! Watching from Baguio City. 😊

  21. Hi! Watching from paranaque…

  22. Someday i wilL enroll in voot camp,

  23. Gud evening, baras rizal here

  24. YeY kasama ako jan sa cavite meet-up Cyahh guys God willing

  25. Thank you Ms Pinky and Sir Topher

  26. Sana meron meetup sa QC

  27. Thank u Ms Pinky and sir Topher

  28. Thank you Sir Topher and Miss Pinky!

  29. Sa mga taga cavite feb 9 saturday at 2pm guys….

  30. Mark ur calendar guys feb 13 fammy our guest

  31. May cavite meetup sa feb 9 saturday 2pm at sambros cafe see you there

  32. Thank you Jermaine ???

  33. Thank you Jermaine 💖💖💖

  34. Nagsimula ako sa Free VA Course then enrolled in Accelerated Course ?

  35. CONGRATS @Gel Galag

  36. Thanks po Coach Pinky ?????

  37. thanks for answer my question sir topher.keep it up! and GOD BLESS!

  38. Agree po magaling talaga si sis Mahal Tumlos Atanacio

  39. I don’t have a client yet but Topher just made me feel motivated, kung kaya nya kaya ko rin 🙂

  40. I have to start somewhere 🙂

  41. I love reading but my only writing skills when I was young ay ang diary ko and now my personal journal. Can I still do writing??? ?

    1. As I said I love reading, yun experience ko s writing ang zero. Nun nag aaral pa I love test that are “discuss” ang question. I surprised my self when I got I high score s recent IELTS exam in writing not sure if I can use that as an inspiration. However, you are an inspiration so let me look into it. And thank you for your reply.?

    2. Belle Arellano pwede naman. If you can articulate yourself well, that’s a good thing. Pero when you do writing, me kasama ng research part so kelanga pa rin magread. Hehe.

  42. “I Can Attitude” nakatulong sa ‘kin para matuto magsulat 🙂

  43. thank you po Topher and pretty Pinky ??

  44. Salamat sa sagot and sa additional inspirational tips on how to start working with good attitude and more focus..?

  45. “Naghanap ako ng openings sa Upwork, I started sa jobs na alam ko. That time alam ko I’m good with explaining and my first job
    was explaining science news”

  46. Start ka kong saan ang strength mo….Topher

  47. “Practice practice lang mag start ka sa strength mo, then branch out wag kang mapako sa field na yun”

  48. thanks Mahar Delos Reyes Pedral luv yah!

  49. Goodluck po Mr. Topher. More blessings to come…

  50. God Bless U more Sir Topher….

  51. may i ask sir topher,have you still work right now? and how much is your salary as of now?

    1. Topher Quilalang even digit??? Haha

    2. You Mie waaahhh, confidential haha. Pero sure ako, di kalakihan. Haha.

  52. Pinky Anicete ano pong secret skin care nyo po??

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