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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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Keeping Up With ConGen: Talking Tourism
Jun05

Keeping Up With ConGen: Talking Tourism

Marketing The Philippines as a Travel Destination By Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes     “It’s been Asia’s best kept secret,” he tells me. And I silently wonder back:” Yes, a secret we’ve long been whispering to the whole world for so long.” I looked away, pondering on the loud musings of a “concerned” Philippines fan, the ails of our tourism industry reasserting itself on my consciousness at the heels of Dubai’s famed...

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Parental Woes: The Difficulty of Letting Go
Sep21

Parental Woes: The Difficulty of Letting Go

  Parental Woes: The Difficulty of Letting Go By Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes Our oldest boy turned 18 this year and life in the university beckons. It’s time for him to build the foundations that would define his future in his terms, or so we said. During his senior high school years, my wife and I were heavily involved in the process of helping him choose a major, patiently detailing for him the pros and cons of each...

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The Race Towards Beauty
Aug25

The Race Towards Beauty

The Race Towards Beauty By Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes What is it really that makes Pinoy’s go gaga over the international beauty contests? Are Filipinos by nature very critical when it comes to looks? Most ethnicities have pigeon-holed Filipinos into being extra neat, hygiene-meticulous, and uber-fastidious as far as grooming is concerned. We seem to put an inordinately high premium on the physical and exert more effort in...

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Keeping Up with the Congen: New Perspectives In Public Service
Aug18

Keeping Up with the Congen: New Perspectives In Public Service

  By Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes Since I assumed my post as Consul General last year, I have always made it loud and clear that the government will never claim to know everything and will never suppose that it has all the answers to the concerns of our fellow Filipinos in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. It cannot prescribe the cure-all to the worries of the fastest growing Filipino community in the world. And yet, the...

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