Ambassador Wilfredo Santos has over 24 years of experience as a diplomat. His capabilities and achievements are beyond question, and yet he cautions about the folly of resting on one’s laurels. In 2016, the Philippine Embassy in Qatar achieved numerous milestone accomplishments, such as receiving the “Best Community Award” at the Labor Welfare Awards 2016 during the Third Annual Labor Rights...
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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Ambassador Wilfredo Santos - Trailblazer

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Of the legacy he wishes to impart to fellow Filipinos,Michael Amazona Del Mar had this to say: “I would like to be remembered as the person who started the casting direction revolution in Dubai – the person who standardized the Quality of Fashion Show Models across the board and established protocols by which model agencies now abide.
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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Michael Amazona Del Mar - Tastemaker

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“Change” was the banner cry of Duterte campaign, and six months in, we are getting a taste of those real changes. Now whether you believe those changes are something to celebrate or something to fear, we have to admit that the biggest change this new era of Philippine politics has brought on was the fact that it got us all up on our toes again after a long period of apathy. The new year is set...
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A NEW HOPE: What We Want From The Philippine Government in 2017

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Mary Jane’s name is a fixture in any conversation about Filipino workplace excellence in the UAE. Through her exemplary hard work and discipline, she has carved a reputation as a true benchmark of what Filipinos can accomplish abroad, an icon of female empowerment.
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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Mary Jane Alvero - Thoughtleader

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More than just playing his cards right, Harvey’s got a winning formula for aesthetics that does not come naturally in a region where over-the-top lavishness, often meaning gaudiness, is more the norm than the exception. His style is that of balance – a delicate tightrope act between classic and contemporary, with one part extravagance, one part elegance, and all parts femininity.

Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Harvey Cenit - Tastemaker

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They say “It takes one to know one.” This certainly holds water for Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa, Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait. Having been a migrant worker himself, he has firsthand experience on the true plight of the OFW’s – an advantage that informs his decisions as he looks after the welfare of the more than 200,000 Filipino expats in Kuwait.

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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa - Trailblazer

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Designing since the age of 16, all Phio Enaje wished for was to create beautiful dresses and to see his fantasies come to life. Only later on in his career did he realize that the true splendor of his job was seeing how his work makes a positive impact on the lives of his clients.

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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Phio Enaje - Tastemaker

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Dignity and integrity: these are the two words that sum up the two decades worth of Wafa Qasimieh’s career as a Major Cultural Consultant in Cultural Administration at the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities – Government of Dubai, where she vowed to respond to the call of duty with heart.

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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Wafa Qasimieh - Thoughtleader

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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...
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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes - Trailblazer

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A cut above your average college professor, Rex Venard Bacarra exemplifies the Filipinos’ ability to excel in an environment of diversity and ambition. A teacher of Philosophy and Humanities at the American College of Dubai, Rex considers his work – shaping the impressionable minds of today’s youth – as the acme of his life’s purpose. He articulates: “I encourage critical thinking among the...
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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Rex Bacarra, PHD – Thought Leader

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Upon taking office on the last quarter of 2015, Ambassador Constancio Vingno Jr. hit the ground running and went on to secure numerous achievements all throughout 2016. He says, “I am happy to note that we have engaged with many UAE officials this year as compared to previous years.”

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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Ambassador Constancio Vingno Jr. - Trailblazer

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Most often in modern society, those who deserve recognition are the ones who desire it the least. Such is the case with the elusive Nick Nadal – a corporate governance and policy-making powerhouse who, in his capacity as Advisor at the Executive Council of the Government of Dubai, is quite possibly the most influential Filipino in the UAE outside of public office.

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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Nick Nadal – Trailblazer

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Kenneth has gone for every traveler’s dream scenario – that is, to quit one’s day job and make a living out of seeing the world. Before pursuing a career as a full-time travel blogger, Kenneth worked as a senior interior designer and events production manager for 10 years in Dubai. Read about this guy's journey in Illustrado's 100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf.

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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Kenneth Surath – Tastemaker

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Highly-acclaimed Filipino indie film princess Mercedes Cabral's starring role in the hit TV show in the Middle East, Saq Al Bamboo, has truly put Filipinos in mainstream media. Her portrayal of a Filipino maid in Kuwait earned her countless praises, from critics, as well as Gulf-based OFW’s. Read about this beautiful, young ingénue with exceptional acting abilities, in Illustrado’s 100 Most...
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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Mercedes Cabral – Trailblazer

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Filipino designer Francis Izhcka Zeta has crafted a name for himself as one of the UAE’s most sought-after haute couturiers. With a skilled eye for intricate and imposing details, his stunning designs enjoy an international clientele, making him a strong sartorial force in the Middle East.
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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Izhcka Zeta –Tastemaker

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As the CEO of The Medical City Dubai, Dr. Becky Desiderio spearheaded the launch of the first ever Filipino healthcare corporation in The Middle East. Her list of responsibilities includes positioning The Philippines as a medical tourism destination, and promoting The Medical City as one of Asia’s most trusted names in quality, world-class medical treatments. She says, “I am essentially a...
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Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Dr. Becky Desiderio – Trailblazer

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Very few talk about the Filipino’s pioneering spirit. And yet here we are, 11 million of us scattered all over the globe, in once strange lands we now call our home. Here we thrive, and here we have made our mark. Make no mistake. We not only have our smiles, our agreeableness, our music and our beauty queens to give to the world. The Filipino can and has mustered to do so much more. We...
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