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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: Are Filipinos too kind to a fault?
Aug28

Keeping up with Congen: Are Filipinos too kind to a fault?

By Con Gen Paul Raymund Cortes     There are an estimated half a million Filipinos in the gem of the Middle East, Dubai. Compared to Dubai, however, there are not as many Filipinos in Istanbul. In a megalopolis of 15 million souls, the Filipino population of just around 3000 are almost invisible, inconspicuous. Just as our experience in Budapest some 20 years ago taught us, locals are genuinely amazed and pleasantly surprised...

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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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A Funky Asian Party in Bur Dubai? Illustrado Got It SceneZoned at Miss Wáng
Jul18

A Funky Asian Party in Bur Dubai? Illustrado Got It SceneZoned at Miss Wáng

A Funky Asian Party in Bur Dubai? Illustrado Got It SceneZoned at Miss Wáng.   We found a totally unexpected new funky hangout spot just in the middle of Bur Dubai and it was amazing!   When you think about the Mankhool area, the first thing that probably goes to your head is “Old Dubai” where residents sit down until the wee hours to sip a milk heavy cup of karak chai and smoke shisha. But the place has a lot more to offer!...

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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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