Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Philippine Embassy Abu Dhabi
Nov09

Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Philippine Embassy Abu Dhabi

Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Philippine Embassy Abu Dhabi   It would be an understatement of epic proportions to say that the the Philippine Embassy – Abu Dhabi, UAE is one of the busiest satelite offices of the Philippine government. There is close to a million Filipinos in all of the UAE, and the Philippine Embassy is there to address the entire length and breadth of their concerns, from consular services to labor...

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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf:  Ambassador Grace Relucio-Princesa
Nov05

Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Ambassador Grace Relucio-Princesa

Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Ambassador Grace Relucio-Princesa   She would refer to herself as the ‘Nanay’ of the Filipino community in the UAE, most importantly a servant leader – an Ambassador for God and country.  She would coax audiences to sing-a-long with her ‘Ako Ay Pilipino’ and ‘Sino Ako’ every chance she would get at community gatherings.  In her six year tour of duty here in the UAE, she has always...

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A Walk Through Endangered Paradise
Jun13

A Walk Through Endangered Paradise

By Ambassador Grace Relucio-Princesa It is Philippine month at this illustrious magazine – a good opportunity to remind Filipinos and friends of Filipinos why we are called the Pearl of the Orient Seas. Let’s start from the northern part of Luzon in this beautiful archipelago of 7,107 islands. I have been to Calayan, Cagayan, where I enjoyed pristine beaches and large coconut crabs. What I still need to visit is Batanes. Baguio City...

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Love and Pride for World Class Filipinos
Feb25

Love and Pride for World Class Filipinos

Love and Pride for World Class Filipinos By Ambassador Grace Relucio-Princesa It’s the month of love once again and for me, one of the greatest loves of all is love of country. One of our national heroes, Andres Bonifacio, said it best when he uttered the words – “Aling pag-ibig pa ang hihigit kaya, sa pagkadalisay at pagkadakila gaya ng pag-ibig sa tinubuang lupa? Aling pag-ibig pa? Wala na nga, wala.” Simply translated it means,...

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Re-branding the Image of the Filipino
Feb10

Re-branding the Image of the Filipino

By Didi Paterno-Magpali  Changing stereotypes take time. But these women say that with the right packaging and mindset, the Filipino image can be positively re-branded. Most every Filipino can remember the uproar that ensued when the Oxford English Dictionary included in its definition of Filipina “a nanny or maid”.  The nation went up in arms to complain and fight for their honor. An editorial by the Philippine Center for Journalism...

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Illustrado Day of Sisterhood
May08

Illustrado Day of Sisterhood

Photos By Donald Rosales and Cristina Linaza Illustrado threw a community event for Filipinas in the UAE on the 6th April 2012, at the Almas Tower, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai. Dubbed the “Day of Sisterhood” the whole day affair dedicated to celebrating “Pinay Power” saw a gathering of 400 Filipinas from all walks of life, who came together for a whole day of learning and bonding. An offshoot of Illustrado’s Women of Substance...

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From the Red Carpet and Beyond – Shots from Illustrado’s WOS 2012 Event

Photos by Donald Rosales.  Additional images from Marlon Bautista and James Tasarra At the Anlene section Photographer Harry Cruz with wife Desiree Illustrado EIC Lalaine Chu-Benitez with contemporary artist and WOS 2010 Honoree Tini Meyer (L-R) Agnes Pedrosa Marelid, Lalaine Chu-Benitez and Philippine Commercial Attache Jose Dinsay and wife Jinggay Dinsay (L-R) Lilian Lee Bautista and WOS 2009 Honoree Engr Mary Jane Alvero Al Mahdi...

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Ambassador Grace Relucio-Princesa: Filipina Warrior

By Lalaine Chu-Benitez She is without a doubt nationalistic: her Filipino designed clothes made of Philippine fabric, tell only of a small part of her enormous national pride.  She is spiritual and fun loving and has an unexpectedly casual air about her that’s uncommon for a person in her position. She hugs, is easily moved and amazingly breaks into song and dance in expression of her spiritual and patriotic fervor.  But make no...

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