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Hidden Gems: Meet Pierre Angelica Pascua

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pierre Angelica Pascua.

Pierre Angelica, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was born and raised in the PH. I grew up in Marikina and we are five in the family. I arrived here in the US in 2019. I am a full-time wife to Jairus Reuben and mother to Liam Psalm and currently live in San Diego.

When I was in the PH, I always had jobs that were customer service-related. I found I am happiest when I am in service to others and when I can make a real difference. I had jumped from one job to another trying to find the right fit for me, but I discovered that I get easily bored with office settings or being in a 9 to 5 job. I have ten years of experience as a pharmaceutical representative serving doctors and patients. I also became a car sales executive before I became a Celebrity and Bridal Makeup artist. I’ve done freelance makeup for models and celebrities here in the US as well as iPop LA, fashion shows and ASAP NATIN ‘TO in the Bay Area. I’ve also done weddings and photoshoots too.

When I came to the US, I became a licensed Realtor and while I have studied the ins and outs of real estate, I also decided to get licensed in Life Insurance at the same time. I am very motivated and focused in spreading awareness about life insurance with Living benefits because of my own personal experiences. I just started in Dec 2020 but have already helped a lot of families secure their future and establish retirement savings as well. I am very passionate in sharing this kind of life insurance. I was very sickly in the PH but didn’t realize the importance of it because I always had coverage through work and all my hospital bills were taken care of. But when I moved here to the US, I was still very sickly and was in and out of the hospital, paying these bills out of pocket! This led to my accumulating a huge amount of debt. Also, I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Lupus, but later the Doctor reversed it and said it was eczema instead. The point is I discovered life insurance is extremely important because you never know what’s going to happen next.

One day you could be perfectly healthy, and the next day you could have a debilitating medical issue. That is the main reason that got me into this industry. Another thing that got me into this industry was seeing all the GoFundMe requests asking for donations when an unexpected medical event or death occurred. I wanted to share with everyone that there’s an alternative wherein you do not have to ask for money from others should the unexpected happen. You can take care of your future and family by being proactive. A few weeks ago, one of my aunts was diagnosed with cancer. I was devastated that she was sick but more heartbroken that I wasn’t able to protect her before the diagnosis. Had I been consistent in telling her about life insurance with Living Benefits that I can offer, she could have filed the claim on the very day she was diagnosed. Even though it was a false alarm, I felt total regret not being able to convince her beforehand.

After a few days, our prayers were answered. The doctor miraculously reversed the diagnosis and told her she was cancer-free! We were so grateful, but this was a major wake-up call for me not to stop sharing this information with everyone I possibly could. Not to stop reaching out to my loved ones so they know this is an available option.

I was never a “secret” agent, but sometimes I felt really shy and awkward about reaching out to people especially to family and friends. But this one incident made me realize MY WHY. Why I am here in the first place, which is to share because I care. This made me realize it’s not about the commission but the mission. I know I can provide an amazing life solution and I want to spread awareness of it as much as possible. I know I can no longer be shy or afraid because it could mean the difference between saving someone’s life.

It has become my mission to be an advocate for life insurance and to be a Living Benefits Crusader.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
1) Few connections. I started with very limited market and network since I had just moved here. I had only been working for three months and had to resign because I found out I was pregnant with Baby Psalm and it was a sensitive pregnancy. So I had to start from zero and put extra effort into reaching out into a cold market. And since I am not well known, and this is a highly regulated industry it was very challenging for me to establish the initial trust.

2) Time management. Being a new mom to a very sweet and clingy baby, it has been challenging to juggle and balance training, client meetings and family time.

3) Language barrier. I had to acclimate to speaking English and am not always confident delivering myself in English.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I like that the weather is almost like the weather in the Philippines, only cooler. Of course, since we have this kind of weather, the next thing I like about our city is how the beaches are accessible. I also like the culture where everybody is so friendly and warm. What I like most about the city is the Filipino community and how we have each other’s back in our own little ways like supporting small businesses especially during this time of pandemic.

What I like least about the city is the expensive cost of living, high tax and traffic.

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Germaine David of Lumetry Media

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