Keen photographer and expatriate worker, Ramon Gomez was one of the three Filipino workers who left Rarotonga for Philippines yesterday.
The contract of the trio had ended and they requested to return to their homeland.
Gomez is usually seen taking photos at events around Rarotonga. He also shared most of his photography work online.
Gomez thanked God for all His guidance and blessings all through the years and he acknowledged the Rarotongan Resort for the opportunity and for all the good memories he created among Cook Islanders and his colleagues.
“Of all the foreign countries I’ve worked in, Rarotonga, Cook Islands is the best,” Gomez said before boarding the Air New Zealand flight yesterday.
“The generosity and hospitality of the people makes me feel that I belong here and I am home.”
In the 13 years and six months he has been in Rarotonga; Gomez said he has learnt to love and embrace the Cook Islands culture.
“I enjoyed my photography hobby more and it was alive not only because of its natural beauty but because of the people who made it more special.
“Most of all, my many friends of different nationalities that turned to a family. I will always treasure all the memories.”
Gomez said he would definitely return to Rarotonga and visit his three children who are working here.
Meanwhile, 17 Cook Islands residents arrived on Rarotonga yesterday. They are the last lot of returnees to undergo 14-day quarantine.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Mark Brown said he expects incoming passengers from New Zealand would no longer need to undergo 14-day supervised quarantine from Friday next week.
Brown said should a community transmission case develop in New Zealand, supervised quarantine in the Cook Islands would immediately be reinstated.