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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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Keeping up with the Con Gen: Musings on Philippine Independence
Jun29

Keeping up with the Con Gen: Musings on Philippine Independence

Keeping up with the Con Gen: Musings on Philippine Independence By Consul General Paul Raymund P. Cortes We celebrate the day we successfully unshackled our country from the three-century rule of the Kingdom of Spain. For the first time in the history of our people, we were proud, sovereign, and independent, albeit tragically short-lived. One hundred and 18 years thereafter, over 102 million people call the Philippines their...

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