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The Artist Abroad

Mexico in Manila, Manila in Mexico


Most people I know don’t usually associate being Asian with being Latino. This applies, surprisingly, to I would say a majority of Filipino-Americans, as well as to quite a number of Filipinos, the distinction being that the latter were born and lived long enough in the Philippines to form a distinct Filipino-ness even though they may possess U.S. citizenship. The passport one holds is not always an accurate guide to one’s cultural background.

Posted: September 16th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

On Upper Thomson Road, feeling the tug of home

Clling Out@Club July, one of the eateries lining Upper Thomson Road in Singapore.  PHOTO FROM THE RESTAURANT’S FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

From Marymount MRT station, any bus I board to work traverses Upper Thomson Road. It is a long stretch and is one of the busiest in Singapore. Well, considering Singapore’s dense traffic, which road is not? Upper Thomson is swamped with traffic lights and loaded with road signs and intersections.

Posted: August 13th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Laments on the Filipino Diaspora

MAPPING of overseas Filipinos (SOURCE: Commission on Filipinos Overseas, cfo.gov.ph)

My older sister, a retired doctor, recently passed away unexpectedly in Cardiff, Wales, in the United Kingdom where she had resided for the past 25 years. She was 67 years old. Her sudden demise happened two weeks after our youngest sister, a registered nurse, was run over by a car whose driver was texting in Sydney, Australia. The saying must really be true that “when it rains, it pours.” Our family was devastated by the tragedy.

Posted: August 10th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Global Networking

The Dynamic of the Filipino Diaspora


Organizers of the 2nd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora—set to convene February 25-27, 2013 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City—hope that the conference will “track the progress and highlight the best practices of Diaspora engagement.” This is the broad mission laid out by the Summit’s principal sponsor, the Commission of Filipinos […]

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Diaspora to dialogue: A Declaration of Commitment in Rome

rome, italy

The first ever global conference of Filipinos in Europe was held from Sept. 27 to 29 at the Aran Mantegna Hotel in Rome, Italy. It turned out to be a global event with 250 participants coming from 15 European countries, two from the Middle East, three from Asia, and two from North America.

Posted: October 14th, 2012 in Europe,Features,Global Pinoy,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »