THE alpha lunch, the stage setting for our first gathering at the Kapistahan, which lasted two hours, was no big deal.  “This is good,” she said. I felt an instant spark of connection.

Instinctively, I felt she would not stick to polite comments. It was my first glimpse into a wonderful and ruminating mind that takes perspectives seriously. She is a woman who is not afraid to admit that she was on a learning curve—not an intellectual know-it-all—but someone who is willing to explore a topic other than her own. Her openmindedness is one of her greatest gifts. It comes more than as an intellectual curiosity but as a deep charitable core in Rosemarie Belle Mejia.

In many ways, the first lunch set the tone of a friendship, which is based on vulnerability, trust and mutual understanding. It allows us to be ourselves without softening or embellishments, to swap strengths and weaknesses, to explore minds as well as our hearts. Her covenant with public service in the Fil-Am community is that instead of partying and hanging out with friends, she would rather  spend time serving the community.

She talked about family, the business world, change and supportive echoes, that offered a thought or point of view often unexpected. We offered each other advice, came close to tears, laughed like crazy at some funny or forbidden memories. We felt invigorated and more than a little buzzed over a shared cherry wine. Whatever hurt done to us by others, past or present, angered us.

Today, Rosemarie Belle Mejia is breathless—coping with work and family, and the business of sharing her expertise with the Fil-Am  community—especially to those who have the courage to try entrepreneurship. More sure than ever now, she guides little or big businesses, by counseling them in the best way she can.

What do we really know about her? She’s known among the Fil-Am community through acknowledged attributes: beauty with charm, warmth, the fundamental decency and refinement. Based on my research, her credentials, awards, recognitions, community leadership and organization involvement can only be truly appreciated or admired when synopsized in pen and paper. We already know she continued being a beauty queen, from her teens: Miss Earth and the Lakambini of Kalayaan 2015.

How alluring she looks when she evokes her children, her friends and their own accomplishments, in their family and chosen careers, all done with discipline and hard work.

Like most of the young women, after college back home, she mustered enough courage to start life here in US and went into great lengths to support her family here and folks back home.

I have yet to know and hear of any fine person who has done more than she has for the Fil-Am community here in Los Angeles.

People around her agree that her motives are beyond question; her word is gold. From the time Rosemarie settled here,  she felt it was a place to learn where one could experience anything and evolve in it.

“The sense of being more than ourselves is our most precious possession. Achievements will reflect meaningfully, if you try to rise above others in small ways,” she said. “Life is best kept simple, pleasures simple and not measured through possessions.”

Rosemarie’s formula for success: “I am instinctively guided by the Golden Rule, the value of honesty and hard work, tenderness and fair play. I try to set an example of guidance. Make a way out of no way! That is why I love numbers!”

This interview is about a remarkable lady who has found her niche in LA real estate through business counseling and entrepreneurship. This is not praising, but simply acknowledging and sharing the pride of what it is to be a true human being in this turbulent economic times.

“We all have a place from where to begin. You will discover that your opportunity for personal success, real happiness and financial serenity is in your soul’s blue print for happiness,” she said.

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