December 7, 2021
Trailblazer – Mme Yasmin Balajadia Cortes
Adored by many, Madame Yasmine Balajadia Cortes, supportive diplomatic spouse to Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, has, through the years, given proof to the invaluable capacity of women as effective ambassadors of culture and understanding.
Representing the hard-working, optimistic and inspirational contemporary Filipina, she has been a leader within the Filipino community and the diplomatic corps as the head of the Filipino Ladies of Dubai, and the Vice President of the Diplomatic Ladies Group in Dubai. Serving under the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, she has dedicated her time initiating and spearheading many cultural initiatives that cultivate and introduce Filipino talent to the rest of the multicultural community in the emirates, in turn also continuing to elevate Filipino presence and morale. Among the notable events, she has espoused art exhibits and stage plays at the PCG, Dubai Dubai Musikahan, the Interschool Debate Competition and other community events.
A proponent of Filipino excellence, Mme Yasmin Cortes constantly encourages her kababayans to pursue individual growth, stating that “One’s development should never be in comparison to other individuals are but more on how they’re able to rise from their previous benchmarks.”
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Mme. Yasmin Balajadia Cortes
“I gauge every duty based on whether or not I can proudly defend it before my children, and how they can perceive these as beneficial to humanity or not.” Spouse of Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, Mme Yasmin Balajadia Cortes is not only a doting mother of three, but in a broader sense, the genteel nurturing figure serving as a patron endeavoring to constantly uplift and unite the local community with her initiatives under the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) of Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
Leading the Filipino Ladies of Dubai, Mme Yasmin and her team play a crucial role in organizing, planning, and executing cultural diplomacy projects that give voice to the brilliance of Pinoys in the UAE. Having worked tirelessly in the last couple of years, Mme Yasmin and her team have spearheaded some notable endeavors in 2018 as well, including quarterly art exhibits at the PCG, Dubai Dubai Musikahan 4, the staging of the play “Ang Pambansang Litanya ng mga Inang Wala sa Bayan”, Inter School Debate Competition, and other activities which showcase local Filipino artists. All these, on top of supporting the other community initiatives.
Mme Yasmin lives and breathes Filipino excellence and urges her countrymen to do the same.
“Continue improving yourself not on the basis of how one compares to other people or other races, but with the standards and milestones you have set for yourself. One’s development should never be in comparison with how other individuals are, but more on how they’re able to rise from their previous benchmarks.”
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Leading the Filipino Ladies of Dubai, Madame Yasmin Balajadia Cortes plays a pivotal role with her team in organizing, planning and executing most of the cultural diplomacy initiatives of the Philippine Consulate of Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
The charming and hard working spouse of the Consul General together with her team has held numerous successful projects last year, the most prominent of which were Dubai Dubai Musikahan, Ulirang Ama and Ina, painting and photography exhibits, as well as filmmaking workshops for Filipino students which brought often overlooked Filipino talents into the limelight. Madame Yasmin reflects, “These programs allowed us to reach out to sectors of the community that seem outside the margins of the Filcom’s consciousness.” She also “Through our programs, we have allowed Overseas Filipinos to bear greater pride in their culture, music, dance, film, photography, and visual art.”
A testament to the modern global Filipina, who is empowered and independent. Madame Yasmin shares her belief in doing her part in nurturing the Filipino community. She remarks, “The Filipino diaspora is unique in the sense that not only are we spreading the caring reputation of the Filipino people, we are also raising the next generation of global citizens. For this, Filipinos must be proud of themselves, assured that they have a special role in the history of man.”
Photography by: Alex Callueng
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