100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Mme Yasmin Balajadia Cortes – Trailblazer
Leading the Filipino Ladies of Dubai, Madame Yasmin Balajadia Cortes plays a pivotal role with her team in organizing, planning and executing most of the cultural diplomacy initiatives of the Philippine Consulate of Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
The charming and hard working spouse of the Consul General together with her team has held numerous successful projects last year, the most prominent of which were Dubai Dubai Musikahan, Ulirang Ama and Ina, painting and photography exhibits, as well as filmmaking workshops for Filipino students which brought often overlooked Filipino talents into the limelight. Madame Yasmin reflects, “These programs allowed us to reach out to sectors of the community that seem outside the margins of the Filcom’s consciousness.” She also “Through our programs, we have allowed Overseas Filipinos to bear greater pride in their culture, music, dance, film, photography, and visual art.”
A testament to the modern global Filipina, who is empowered and independent. Madame Yasmin shares her belief in doing her part in nurturing the Filipino community. She remarks, “The Filipino diaspora is unique in the sense that not only are we spreading the caring reputation of the Filipino people, we are also raising the next generation of global citizens. For this, Filipinos must be proud of themselves, assured that they have a special role in the history of man.”
Photography by: Alex Callueng
Illustrado 100 was made possible by sponsors: Giordano, Liali Jewellery, Mitsubishi UAE- Al Habtoor Motors, Michael Cinco Couture, Mapúa Institute of Technology, Centro – Amwaj Rotana Hotel , Max’s Restaurant Middle East and GVER – Your Friendly MarketPlace for Sharing
Co-Sponsors: Herschel Supply Co., Rove Hotels, The Medical City – Dubai , Filipino Institute UAE, MPQ Tourism, JAMES Travel and Tours Dubai, Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant, The Original Barrio Fiesta Restaurant – Dubai and Tapa King UAE.
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