Meet His Excellency Constancio Vingno Jr – Philippine Ambassador to the UAE. “More than the perks that go with a position in the diplomatic corps, including that of being able to live around the world together with his family, Ambassador Constancio Vingno, Jr. looks at his life in the Foreign Service with the utmost fulfillment, especially since he was given the opportunity to contribute something to the Philippines. “The best thing about this job,” he shares, “is when you are able to help a kababayan and engage the Filipino community and you see the results of your work. When I see people saying ‘thank you’ – the satisfaction I get is truly amazing. Maski pagod ako, hindi ko na napapansin, nakakatulog pa ako ng maayos.”
Joshua Corpuz does conceptual art and illustration for a living. He says, “I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, inspired by video games like the Final Fantasy series and Legend of Mana and anime like Digimon and Shaman King.Getting to work for big companies is fun and all, but getting to meet and learn from all the people that I look up to has got to be #1 in my highlight list.”
When it dawns on us that no one else can make the Filipino dreams come true but Filipinos, only then do we become truly free: free to achieve anything we desire without having to rely on any other country or people. By Consul General Paul Raymond Cortes
Know what to do and what not to do when you travel. Seasoned Filipino globe trotters Cleene Arcilla and Marianne Silloriquez share basic travel etiquette tips for global Pinoys.
Travel with just your Philippine passport to these visa free countries for Filipinos! Global nomad Kenneth Surat and his travel blogger friends take us to some of the best and most accessible destinations! #illustradomagazine #taasnoofilipino
A Pinoy Christmas is truly unique. From our long celebration spanning the ‘ber’ months, to Simbang Gabi and Noche Buena, our generous Christmas feasts at home, the way we exchange gifts through monito-monita, and so much more, the way we commemorate the season is quite legendary. But how do our kababayans observe Pasko when they’re in a home away from home?
Who would have thought that a virtually unknown Dubai-based Overseas Filipino would get the same award that marks the versatility and talents of the likes of Philippine cinema icons like Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor? Not in her wildest dreams, Fe Ging Ging Hyde would admit, and she herself was overwhelmed to bag the Best Actress title at the 34thGawadUrian, the prestigious award-giving body in the Philippines for films.
“I breathe art” is a philosophy that fuels Flordeliza Pesigan, the passionate multidisciplinary Filipina artist, who grew up in the Philippines’ National Museum, whose works have been exhibited in events and prestigious spaces around the emirates too many to mention, and who could not think of doing anything else other than painting, sculpting and dancing.
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