RAS TANURA, 8/15/2013 — After more than three decades of service, Albert Abellanosa is retiring from Saudi Aramco “with a grateful heart.”
In August 1981, he joined the company as a technical clerk engineer and was assigned to the Communications Operations Department’s Central Repair and Materials Division – Communications Materials and Standardization Group. Abellanosa proudly served as secretary to Ahmed Al Zayyat — now Aramco Services Co. president —from 1985 to 1986 when he was supervisor of the Communications Materials and Standardization Group.
Abellanosa was transferred to Ras Tanura on March 16, 1989, and held several positions such as materials controlman, statistical assistant and various other secretarial and clerical positions. He retires as a staff analyst. Abellanosa said one of his biggest accomplishments was being able to train young Saudis into becoming productive clerical and administrative workers and helping them to work with dedication and passion.
Among his fondest memories of working for Saudi Aramco came from his first days with the company in the early ‘80s when there were no electric typewriters, no Internet, and telephone calls cost SR18 per minute. Also, letters to and from home would take at least two weeks to arrive and receiving a letter in his mailbox made him feel like he had “won the lottery.”
“I treasured letters received from family and friends around the globe, it was wonderful!” he said. “I fondly recall writing two to three letters a day.”
His happiest memory came in the early 90s when his wife Lourna, a nurse, joined the Ministry of Health, first in Jiddah before eventually moving to Dammam and Safwa.
Abellanosa said he is proud to have worked with a prestigious company such as Saudi Aramco and continues to promote the company to friends and relatives through social media, email or personal contact, inviting them to join the multi-national workforce of this company.
He plans to spend time traveling throughout the Philippines, choosing among the 7,100 plus islands the less-traveled tourist spots. He also plans to visit his sister, adopted son and daughters in the U.S. with his wife of 25 years and their two children: Francis Albert, who was born in Dammam; and daughter, Alesa Shelou, who was born in the Philippines.