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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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#MoveOnPilipinas
Jun22

#MoveOnPilipinas

  #MoveOnPilipinas By Consul General Paul Raymond Cortes   My country just ended a month-long campaign to entice registered Filipino voters in Dubai and the Northern Emirates to participate in 2016’s Presidential elections. Every six years, Filipinos across the globe choose their leaders through what is possibly one of Asia’s, even the world’s, most frenzied democratic processes. The particular election year seemed quite...

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Meet Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, Dubai & the Northern Emirates
Sep22

Meet Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, Dubai & the Northern Emirates

By Rav de Castro   Hon. Paul Raymund Cortes, the Consul General of the Philippines in the United Arab Emirates, did not dream of working in the Foreign Service. In fact, as a graduate of Computer Science from the prestigious Ateneo de Manila University, he thought he would be working in the IT industry. It was not until he met some Foreign Service officers during an event in the early 90’s at the Department of Foreign Affairs...

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Woman of Substance: Ambassador Corazon Yap Bahjin
Apr05

Woman of Substance: Ambassador Corazon Yap Bahjin

Photo Courtesy of the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain   COMMITMENT Ambassador Corazon Yap-Bahjin First Muslim Filipina Ambassador   “Forget that you are a woman; because dignity and humanity has no gender.   Women do not need any special treatment, because we can do it just like everyone else can.” That philosophy might sound quite radical in a world where specific gender roles – male versus female – are still as...

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