Gilda is also a person with disability living in The Philippines. In order to run her business and talk to people she uses her hands and does that through paper and pen or Filipino Sign Language. Gilda is a Deaf Entrepreneur, and she manages a travel and tour business called Nakahara Lodging and Travel Agency. She is catering to those like her, the business is primarily a travel service for deaf people around the world, and yet they also provide services for hearing people.
Gilda was inspired from foreign deaf friends, as she and her fellow deaf Pinoys met in tourist spots, and she decided to set up her own business back in 2004. Her travel agency is known for her reliable arrangements and service, as well as for her Filipino hospitality.
In 2007, Gilda was recognized at the Go Negosyo Caravan for People with Disabilities in De Salle –College of St. Benilde. Even so, representing the fellow deaf is her reward. “As a deaf person in this kind of business, I am proud to say that I have crossed the border of so-called limited access. I worked hard to achieve my goals but I wanted to show the world that we are not cut off from mainstream society and we are capable of regularly doing and keeping our jobs like the rest of hearing and speaking people.”
In addition to all of this, Gilda has helped establish a deaf organization in her province of Eastern Samar. She says that it’s not huge acts that make someone inspirational but the daily effort to better yourself in whatever situation you find yourself in.