My Life in Dubai: The ConGen’s Weekend
Jun19

My Life in Dubai: The ConGen’s Weekend

By Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes     My past weekend was typical of my Dubai weekends – packed, extremely hectic. Fridays, for most, even for most of my staff, are reserved for families, outings and gallivanting around the malls, or just plain lounging at home. I harbor no complaints though. I get it.  Weekends are when the Filipino community schedules their organizations’ events and activities, and what better...

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Keeping Up With ConGen: The Pinoy TV
Apr13

Keeping Up With ConGen: The Pinoy TV

THE PINOY TV By Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes Since my younger years, I followed many TV series that tacked the legal profession – Matlock, LA Law, Law and Order, Suits, The Good Wife, and many others. I also was a fan of political dramas like House of Cards and Scandal. The seeming underlying foundation of the characters in those shows is the quest for power and how those in law and politics skirt or tow the moral...

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KEEPING UP WITH CONGEN: The Case For The Filipino Brand Of Art
Mar01

KEEPING UP WITH CONGEN: The Case For The Filipino Brand Of Art

  The Case For The Filipino Brand Of Art By: Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes    Just off our Global Conference of Heads of Post two weeks back, I revisited our 2017 Cultural Diplomacy Calendar of events to see how I could re-calibrate this to incorporate strategies and action plans as discussed by all Ambassadors and Consuls General during our week-long forum. Tweaking it to suit Manila’s recommended lines, I find our...

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KEEPING UP WITH CONGEN: The Timeline of Love
Feb10

KEEPING UP WITH CONGEN: The Timeline of Love

  THE TIMELINE OF LOVE By Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes The story isn’t new. I’ve regaled friends and those interested to know several times before. Without doubt, I will continue telling the tale of how my wife and I took several turns in life to bring us to 20 years of marriage. I cannot pinpoint exactly where it all began but perhaps I can begin with the day when I finally decided to call it quits with career plans...

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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes – Trailblazer
Jan18

Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes – Trailblazer

Consul General PAUL RAYMUND CORTES Dubai and the Northern Emirates   Curious thing about Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes – he doesn’t exactly fit the mold of what most people would construe as a “quintessential diplomat.” Yes, he is diplomatic, well-tempered, and in touch. Yes, he carries himself with the gravitas and dignity that befit his position. But what makes him truly exceptional is his palpable sense of...

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