Overcoming impostor syndrome, and navigating nuances and cultural conventions – our panel will deliberate on ‘how things are done’ from their experiences as a Filipino in the US, Spain, HongKong and Dubai. If you can share some insights from your country, kwentuhan tayo!

Watch it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQaoe4pXQJA

This panel is scheduled for:

Day 2:  Nov. 5,  7:30-9:00 p.m. ET  (Nov. 6,  7:30-9:00 a.m. Philippines)


John Paul Obillos Dela Rosa teaches both Tagalog and ESL (English as a Second Language) in his home county, the Philippines. He participated in the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program in the United States back in 2019 to 2020 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Kuya Paul (Big Brother Paul), as what his Tagalog students fondly call him, is currently teaching at Tarlac National High School-Annex, a public secondary school in the Philippines. Kuya Paul also does virtual Tagalog classes for second- and third-generation Filipino-Americans who would like to learn the Filipino language and reconnect to their Filipino heritage. At present, he is a PhD in Applied Linguistics candidate at Philippine Normal University – Manila. He is proud of his Kapampangan and Ilonggo roots.


Rex Yadao is a dreamer. A passionate self-starter that has never been afraid to fail. A risk taker that is focused on his goals, but is always ready to take it you to the best parties. A proud UP alumnus his first overseas stint was in Dubai in 2014 as a Marketing Specialist. He is currently working as Sales and Business Development Lead for ABS-CBN Spain, handling South Eu.


Rawnna Low



ConGen Paul Raymond Cortes, who headed the Philippine mission in Dubai and the neighboring northern emirates for the past six years, has been promoted as assistant secretary for migrant workers for the Dept. of Foreign Affairs.
He served as Consulate General of Dubai where he was able to address a gamut of concerns for the 400,000 Filipinos under the purview of the Philippine Consulate in Dubai. He advocated for innovations and streamlined the consulate’s procedures to provide efficient, effectie and client-centered consular services.
Cortes served as Deputy Consul General at the Philippine Consulate in Honolulu from 2010 to 2012, and was Third Secretary and Vice Consul of the Philippine Embassy in Budapest from 1998 to 2004.