Everyone has their own set of challenges in life. This week's Someone 2 Know, however, does not let a challenging disability, with which he was born, become an obstacle. Malbert Manalo has developed quite a reputation at work because of that. So, we just had to see him in action. Perhaps you have, too.
Anyone who places bets at William Hill Sports Book at Cal Neva likely knows the Sports Writer. "I write tickets for the bettors. I cash tickets, too," Malbert explains. While he is known for his contagious smile and hard work, he is respected more for the challenges he overcomes – daily. Malbert was born without hands and toes. It appears his arms end at his elbows. He is also only 4'9". He says the condition is hereditary, as a couple family members in the Philippines have it as well. "I just feel like normal." He lives life normally, too. From counting cash, typing and writing, Malbert has proven he can handle all his job responsibilities as well. Malbert says he is comfortable in his own skin and can even laugh at himself. "They call me shorty sometimes. It don't bother me. It don't bother me at all."
Malbert comes to work every day with a smile and never says he can't do anything; he just might do it differently. But he's okay with that. "My mom taught me that. Always be myself. Don't be shy. Don't be embarrassed with your disability." For those reasons, coworkers love him; they root for him, in fact. And, in return, Malbert gives every day his best effort, which hasn't gone unnoticed by manager, Ben Knutson. "Honestly, with counting money and change and things like that, I was a bit skeptical," he admits. But Ben quickly realized Malbert was a good hire. "There's never been anything I've asked him to do that he hasn't fully be capable of doing." Malbert, he says, is an inspiration to his colleagues and bettors alike. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he looks at the bright side and focuses on what he can do, as opposed to what he cannot. "Whether I have a good day or a bad day, I come over here and be myself... always."