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Edwin Josue conquers New York, brings honor to country

Making it in the “Big Apple” is no walk in the clouds. One needs to be tough to make it through the rough city’s daily grind. But, one Edwin Ramirez Josue, whose humble beginnings come a long way back from the Philippines, has conquered New York and brought honor and pride to his hometown. With a prestigious The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York Award (TOFA) capped on his sleeve, Josue showed the world that excellence can be achieved through hard work and determination. He bagged the top award in the Business and Entrepreneurship category in the said award-giving body on October 2012. Breaking through the challenges of a declining economy in the US, Josue rose up the ladder in the field of real estate brokerage. Arriving at the US in 1985 as a new immigrant, he acquired a real estate agent license and landed a job as a real estate broker for Halstead Property, one of US’ leading property companies and began proving himself indomitable in this area. Back in 1999, Edwin put up his own ERJ Realty and made $6 million in sales on his first year. Five years later, he ran into a former co-worker at Brown Harris Stevens who encouraged him to join Halstead once more, which he did. Backed by his previous experience as a property consultant and seller for Cocobank of the Philippines, and given a streak of luck upon striking influential clientele—the likes of business tycoon Loida Nicolas Lawyer, investment banker Joanne De Asis and prominent entertainment lawyer Bob Perlstein, among others, his client base grew and his real estate expertise became even more sought after. Eventually, Josue ventured into similar business by putting up an event design company—the Design Fusion, which he now runs with his partner Jerry Sibal. For his exemplary feat, Josue reaped accolades among the Filipino business community in New York. His significance in the business society was put into limelight by several media exposures which include an interview by Don Tagala of ABS-CBN North America News Bureau on the issue of Hadassa Peri and a feature article by Cristina DC Pastor on the e-magazine thefilam.net. Now on a short visit to his homeland, Josue makes the most of his time mixing both business and pleasure in his fully loaded schedule. Accommodating most of the invitations offered to him while taking some bonding moments with his family, he made sure that his time on Feb. 12 is allotted for his Alma Matter’s Red and White Ball at the NBC Tent where he will be receiving yet another award, as one of the recipients of the Outstanding Overseas Workers Award. This honor is given exclusively to graduates of San Beda College, who made a mark in their respective careers. Along with the likes of TV5’s Manny V. Pangilinan and ABS-CBN’s Charo Santos-Concio, Josue shall be feted on the said occasion. Not known to many, Josue is a product of San Beda College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics with Magna Cum Laude distinction. He proceeded to get higher education by finishing his Masters in Business Administration, major in Finance from the De La Sale University. Josue, now 57, claims that it’s his guts, discipline and patience that have helped him to get ahead in the high-end property market.
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