John Kenji Perez, now 13 years old is The Filipino Times’ 2016 Young Achiever of the Year Awardee. A proud son of an OFW mother who is currently working as HR Business Partner in one of the Telecom Company in Dubai, Perez is an aspiring athlete.
“My mother is a single parent and taking care of all of us four children. When I won the Young Achiever of the Year award, I can feel that my mother and the whole family were so proud of me. Of course it is a title that can never be taken away from me and I will bring it with me for the rest of my life,” he said.
“The award is so motivating for all Filipinos and children like me. It serves as a token of appreciation for all our hard work and keeps us to do more and dream for bigger achievements.
Perez divides his time between studies and training every day, but he also balances work with fun and bonding times with his three elder sisters and friends. He also loves to play with his two pet dogs.
“I am focusing on developing my physical strength which is the right time for my age. My daily routine is more on training and maintaining my diet as well. I am in grade 8th and looking forward to join any Filipino school that can accommodate me this year,” he said.
Although a year has already passed, Perez still have the memory of that night when he went up the stage to get his TFT Awards trophy, fresh in his mind.
“The award is so motivating for all Filipinos and children like me. It serves as a token of appreciation for all our hard work and keeps us to do more and dream for bigger achievement each year. My mom told me that when I get old I can tell my children about this award and show them the value of discipline and the importance of perseverance in life,” said Perez.
The young achiever wishes that all nominees in his category this year would enjoy the experience like his did. He said, “That nomination is already an award! Good luck to everyone!”