Pinoy ex-construction worker is luxury ship’s star carver

The legendary American athlete Jesse Owens said that we all have dreams but in order to make these dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

A talented fruit and ice carver has believed Owens hence, he turned up trumps!


Meet Ritz Pedroso Madhay, a proud and artistic chef onboard the luxury ship Genting Dream.

Related Reading: Genting Dream visits Boracay Island

Ritz has fulfilled all his big dreams in life. His journey to success was however full of challenges.

Here are six facts about Ritz that may inspire you reach for the moon, too:

First, Ritz was born poor. More heartbreaking, his father died when he was just eight years old. But he was so determined to finish his studies while he supports his siblings’ finances at thesame time.

Second, Ritz had worked as a salesman after he graduated high school. Then after, he went to Manila to find a living.

In the big city, he wasn’t picky to work in one construction site. Here he started to show his creativity by turning pieces of granite into one beautiful table – an art which earned him his employer’s trust.

Third, he had worked at one SM Mall after he gave-up the construction job.

Though on the breadline most of the time, he still continued his studies. He took Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in college.

In God’s grace, he completed his degree while working hard at SM.

Fourth, the costly licensure examination pushed him to work as a hotel security guard instead of becoming a civil engineer.

Regularly stationed in the hotel’s lobby to watch over visitors, Ritz on the other hand became curious of baristas working nearby his post. For this reason, he gradually learned their work and coffee recipe when not busy doing his security duties.

Fifth, after some years of switching jobs while meeting both ends meet, Ritz had finally found his plum job.

He surrendered his assigned gun and set of bullets. On thesame hotel, Ritz had resigned as a security guard and applied anew for a barista waiter job. Eventually, he was accepted to serve coffee tables.

But beyond his call of duty, Ritz embellished buffet tables of his artistic fruit and ice carvings.


Asked how he had learned how to carve like a pro, he told the Republic that he merely watched tutorial videos in YouTube.

Lastly, Ritz gained more experience when she started working at the Manila Peninsula, a 5-star hotel in Makati City. Having a solid experience from Manila Pen, he was quickly accepted after he applied for a cruise ship job.

This July, Genting Dream gave Ritz the prestigious Dream Maker of the Month award. This is primarily due to his excellent work performance at sea.


Like Ritz, work hard and be fruitful. Learn how to creatively carve-out your design of a promising future!

Related Reading: Ten true-to-life experiences of the Pambansang Cruiser which can truly change your life today.

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Images credit of Ritz Madhay and Genting Dream.

Like Ritz, how do you plan to achieve your big dreams in life?

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