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100 MIFG – Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes – Trailblazer
Feb19

100 MIFG – Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes – Trailblazer

100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes – Trailblazer   He’s easily the busiest Filipino in the emirates.  With almost all of his waking moments spent in the service of the people, it’s typical to see him whizz through, albeit thoroughly, his duties as a diplomat, as well as pull in double, nay, triple, maybe even quadruple duty during the weekends to fulfill his obligations to the...

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100 MIFG: Ambassador. Constancio Vigno Jr – Trailblazer
Feb18

100 MIFG: Ambassador. Constancio Vigno Jr – Trailblazer

100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Ambassador. Constancio Vigno Jr – Trailblazer   Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, Constancio Vigno Jr. has been the Filipino community’s pillar of support since he assumed Head of Post in 2015, and last year was a significant year with landmark achievements under his able leadership.   After years of negotiation, the Philippine and UAE governments have finally signed an MOU...

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100 MIFG: Illac Diaz
Feb12

100 MIFG: Illac Diaz

  100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Illac Diaz – Social  Entrepreneur   ‘There is no darkness so dense, so menacing, or so difficult that it cannot be overcome by light.” – Vern P. Stanfill   Illac Diaz, might as well be called ‘Ilaw (light) Diaz.’  His endeavors have illuminated hundreds of thousands of poor families’ homes across the globe, and have also enlightened and inspired a generation of...

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Editors Note: When greatness comes to the fore, it brings the rest of us with it.
Feb11

Editors Note: When greatness comes to the fore, it brings the rest of us with it.

  What do a scientist, architect, world issue crusader, hip hop dancers, experimental musicians, fashion designers, public servants, entrepreneurs, including a mother and her autistic child, and a bunch of new media personalities have in common?  Perhaps, nothing at all on the surface, except in this case, their mere ethnicity.   But look a little bit deeper and you will see that all these people, from various walks of life,...

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This Contemporary Middle Eastern Restaurant Is Worthy For Long Out-of-Office Lunch Break
Feb08

This Contemporary Middle Eastern Restaurant Is Worthy For Long Out-of-Office Lunch Break

This Contemporary Middle Eastern Restaurant Is Worthy Of Long Out-of-Office Lunch Breaks   The lamb cutlet at BHAR, we were told, will take 35 minutes to prepare. That’s enough time to munch on a reimagined yet refreshing fattoush salad, some funky falafel, and fried calamari with pickled chili mayonnaise while looking out at the majestic Burj Khalifa or the calming Dubai Canal — while pretending that one doesn’t have to go back...

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Artist Spotlight: Nowhere Birds
Jan17

Artist Spotlight: Nowhere Birds

Nowhere Birds is a Dubai based independent folk music duo. Composed of Jules Suarez and Mitchiko Bagayna, the pair are well known for their intimate style of playing and harmonizing. While both of them do Vocals, Jules’ specializes in the Guitar, whereas Mitchiko plays the Glockenspiel and Melodica.     The duo came together after a spontaneous jam session at a party in 2015. With their newfound chemistry (and the help of...

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