Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes talks about his life in Dubai – his typical weekend, giving insight on how Filipinos in the Middle East are in an enviable position of having the best of worlds – “with a vibrant Islamic economy that generously shares opportunities, a multi-cultural community that has respect for others’ faiths, a crossroads for migrants and policy-makers that make it an avenue for the pollination of ideas and opinions, a breeding ground for the migrant youth ready and raring to join the global community as active players, and an oasis that germinates what is essential to humanity.” #illustradomagazine #taasnofilipino
And just as in our TV programs, that there appears to be no need for us, as a nation, to swim through the depths of analysis and dissect and fully comprehend all aspects of political and economic events in our society is most certainly a dire prognosis of what our society has been and possibly will be.
By Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes
Just off our Global Conference of Heads of Post two weeks back, I revisited our 2017 Cultural Diplomacy Calendar of events to see how I could re-calibrate this to incorporate strategies and action plans as discussed by all Ambassadors and Consuls General during our week-long forum.
Maybe our love story isn’t the end of it all – maybe it was the foundation of stories of the future, or maybe a logical precursor to something even greater. In the scheme of things, we will never know. I do know though that what is most certain is that at some point in this eternal line of forking events, Yasmin and I fell in love. – Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes
Curious thing about Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes – he doesn’t exactly fit the mold of what most people would construe as a “quintessential diplomat.” Yes, he is diplomatic, well-tempered, and in touch. Yes, he carries himself with the gravitas and dignity that befit his position. But what makes him truly exceptional is his palpable sense of openness and inclusivity – even outright friendliness.
Photo by Alex Callueng; Photography Assistant – Bethoven Filomeno
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“Leadership was never about machismo. It was about who took the on the mission to thread the path for everyone else to follow. Being that person who everyone seeks their opinion of, who serves as the hope for all, and who is the answer to their supplications, is defined not by gender but by strength of heart and steely resolve. And in these times, men seemingly do not have that monopoly anymore.” On the face of significant local and global developments, Illustrado columnist Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes ponders the existence of male dominance in leadership.
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