Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes sings at the Dakilang Manggagawang Pilipino sa UAE awarding ceremony in Dubai on October 8, 2021.
PHOTO BY EXPAT MEDIA
DUBAI – Filipinos in the UAE will surely miss the flipside of “The Singing Consul General” Paul Raymund Cortes, who gave what could possibly be his final public performance in Dubai on Friday (October 8).
Cortes, who has served as the Philippine Consul General in Dubai in the past six years, was a guest at the inaugural Dakilang Manggagawang Pilipino sa UAE award (Greatest Filipino Workers in UAE) by Pinas Cargo in Dubai. After handing out the awards, he graciously accepted a request for a song number during the program, belting out Regine Velasquez’s hit song Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka. Watch it here:
Prior to the performance, Cortes told the crowd that when his term as Consul General ends in October, he will be assigned to the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines where he will assume his post as Assistant Secretary for Migrant Workers.
“Whatever I did in Dubai in the past six and a half years, I will replicate back home. Not just for Filipinos in Dubai but for the rest of the Filipinos all over the world,” Cortes said.
He described his work in Dubai as a good training ground for his new role as champion for migrant workers. “None would be better as training ground—as far as migration issues are concerned—than here in Dubai, UAE,” he said.
Cortes called his Dubai stint a “whirlwind six and a half year tour of duty”. “I have all praises for this place and the Filipino community here. I have learned so much from each and every one of you,” he said. PIA/Expat Media
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