Today is the birthday of our “bunso” brother Josemari Cuervo. Among us 13 siblings, he i would say is most blessed with multi-talents, and as the saying goes, that genetical make up and DNA improves in time.
The Significance of Josemari, being Blessed with life, is very deep with meaning. It is with the realization that comes from giving special Thanks to GOD, that my parents were very generous, Pious , with a strong Faith and Trust in GOD. That is why our family was blessed to be a large happy family. But we also had a share of “up’s and downs'” but in the end, one never stops giving thanks to GOD for the gift of Life, Family, and Relationships.
Internaional Real Estate Broker, Josemari Cuervo, born on January 5, 1972, I was then 19 years old, being the first Boy, and number 3 among the siblings.
Conchita number one, who has 7 children, married to a Very Good Gentlemen, Architect JUAN GUTIERREZ of Gijon, Spain. They are both very active in the Neo-Cathicuminate Catholic Group. After their youngest child finished her studies, my sister Conchita with her husband Juan moved to Peru and became missionaries.
The 2nd is Marite, she is 62 years old now, single, and active with Opus Dei. Then Federico, my younger brother,born in 1954, a Civil Engineer , Realtor, Appraiser and Professional Real Estate Consultant.
Fico, is married to a wonderful Lady, Amparo Bustamante-Cuervo, they also have a large family with six children, one unfortunately died just before birth. But Fico and Ging are blessed with a simple happy family, all very united and close to each other.
For the interest of time I will stop on the 5th child. Fernando, he is a great adventurer, with musical talents, super creative, very friendly, and a “Jack of all trades”. Fernando also had special training in Real Estate, however, he and his family are now staying in La Rioja, Spain for over a decade now. NANDO works and specializes in Online Education. He too is Blessed with a very lovely and loving wife, LIZEL GARCIA, which from Bicol and Makati. Lizel specializes in teaches English to Children. They have the sweetest kids, LAURA a super mature young girl of 13 and very responsible, and Agustin a little cute, Guapo boy of 8years of age is smart, mature for his age and loves Filipino foods.
So, these are the first five, but, today I would like to focus on the ever great Josemari because he has the “Midas Touch” because any business that he gets into turns to “Gold”.
From 1993, Josemari handled Development Consultancy Services as Vice President of Cuervo Far East, Inc. being well trained with RICHARD ELLIS, the Partners then of the Cuervo Group , until the death of my father, in Millennium year, 2000. This is were , Richard Ellis just . “Closed shop” and changed to Richard ” alis”.
It was thanks to Josemari, that the operations of Cuervo Far East moved on, and the Cuervo Family had to pay huge debts, and no thanks to “Richard Alis”.
This happened at the time that I was confined for LUPUS and several complications, at the Cardinal Santos Hospital for six months from January-June, year 2000!
This was the same time that my father was slowly dying because of Cancer, his death anniversary is on September 10, 2000.It was during this moment were Josemari stood-up and showed a strong managerial talent for keeping a corporation alive,making it grow and becoming a Real Estate Service Company with International prestige. He managed to find the opportunity during the crisis.
Our 13th, youngest sibling or “bunso”,turned out to be very lucky, he managed to build up the three corporations of the CUERVOs, took Management Control, and did what he had to do in securing it to success.
Josemari Cuervo, was also involved with Corporate Services dealing with companies included in the Philippines top 1000 corporations. In 1997, he expanded the newly established Cebu office by offering more professional Real Estate Services like Asset Management. After 4 years of being the Cebu’s Managing Director and Vice President, he now holds the position of President and CEO for Cuervo Far East handling Corporate Services and Advisory services for various clients, both locally and internationally.
Josemari holds a Bachelor of Arts in General Humanities from the Center for Research and Communication College of Arts and Sciences, and now University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P).
He was also a Popular Rock Star of the Original ” RAZORBACK” with Music, Song, Sports, Cars travelled around the world, a Gentleman of Leisure and Adventure. Josemari is indeed a Blessed Cuervo, with a Special Destiny or Calling for the FERNADEZ- CUERVO Y CALERO Clan.
He has over 13 years of practical business, sales and marketing experience in real estate and a comprehensive understanding of occupancy strategies and technology trends. Clients he has worked with include:
Aventis, Bausch & Lomb, Keppel Properties Philippines, Ambergris Solutions, Philippine Realty, Eastman Kodak, Goldman Sachs, Nortel Networks, Sony Music, Eagle Global Logistics, Raintree Partners, Jelma Group of Companies, Pryce Properties, Price Smart, World Bank, WPP Group of Companies, American Standard and NOKIA, among others.
Today, Josemari is responsible , as the CEO of Cuervo Appraisers vision-mission. He is always looking how to improve in areas where clients’ expectations reside. As acting President, Josemari looks after the co-ordination of Cuervo Appraisers clients’ needs for both Manila and Cebu offices. He had , in the past, an international association with Cushman & Wakefield (since 1999), his function is also to represent multi-nationals, liaise with their local offices, and utilize Cushman & Wakefield’s regional and global resources. He also looks after corporate efficiencies and HR productivity.
So.. Let me wish my “little” brother a VERRY HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! MAY GOD BLESS JOSEMARI & His Family with all the Graces, Happiness, Well Being and Prosperity..
Once more, congratulations to our international real estate broker, Josemari: Our lucky 13th in the Cuervo Family.