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Keeping Up With Congen: The Latent Filipino
Jul30

Keeping Up With Congen: The Latent Filipino

By Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes     I grew up in the 70s and 80s in the metropolis, a time when being Manileño was hip, cool, and well – trendy. Corollary to that, it was also the time when speaking Ilokano in the midst of my Manila-boy schoolmates meant being teased as one from the barrios or the mountains (well – I was born in Baguio!) or to put it as I remembered some of my schoolmates did – “rural.”   I...

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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: 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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