Maricel may seem to be a normal chef but she is not, she is an extraordinary chef who bears the usual stress and pressure of Shangri-La Hotel’s kitchen with no hands, which surprisingly, never slows her down.
When she was 11, she and her uncle were involved in a tragic incident with their neighbors. She was left for dead, with a slashed neck and her hands both falling off. Her story is absolutely horrifying that it’s amazing how she had learned to forget and move on.
In 2008, Maricel Apatan graduated from a course in hotel and restaurant management. She also received gold medals for arts and crafts. In 2011, she finished her education to become a chef. And, she did it all without hands. Imagine a craft that a person with both hands struggle in doing, can be done by a woman with no hands!
“I wanted others living with disabilities to believe it’s possible to live a normal life.” This is what Maricel wants to let others know and most specially, to believe in.
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