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Commendation of Chargé De Affaires Elmer G. Cato for my work in Iraq and Libya

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We first worked with her five years ago when we asked her to serve as the Philippine Embassy coordinator in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq where she was an overseas worker.  We knew we made the right choice when she rose to the occasion just a few months later in the aftermath of a fire at a local hotel that claimed the lives of 13 Filipino women working there. It was Maria Marnisa A. Ty who not only immediately reported the incident to us in Baghdad but also volunteered to help us identify all 13 kababayan who perished in the inferno.  Maria’s work allowed us to make those difficult phone calls informing families back home of the sad fate that befell their loved ones in a faraway land. She was there at the Jouhayna Hotel helping us sort out the personal effects of the victims; at the Rizgari Hospital to prepare our kababayan for their final journey home; and at the Erbil International Airport to see to it they have a proper send off. Last year, we asked Maria if she wo

In Remembrance To The 13 Filipinas Who Died in Erbil

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Can you? Then Charge DÁffaires Elmer Cato of the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad asked me. Ha? I replied. A myriad of emotions swept through me. I couldn't process it at first. Can you help in identifying their bodies? He explained to me that he wanted to have someone he trusts to be present during the forensic identification. I fell silent. I still didn't commit. Send-off ceremony A few minutes later, I made a decision. I have to do this.  I should brush off my fear and inhibitions. Right at that moment, I knew their families needed me. I deduced that If it was me who died, my family would want me back as soon as possible. In the case of these 13 women, in a brown wooden casket. Today is their third year death anniversary. These women, bless their souls…... was a mother…..a sister….a wife …..a daughter ....to someone… I never knew how strong I was until being strong was the only choice I had, an adage that resonated in my heart during that ominous

10th Year Blog Anniversary

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 It's been ten years since I started blogging. I created this blog as a means of cultivating my writing skills. I never really had a format. I just wanted it to be a medium where I can express my thoughts and musings freely. I wanted it to be an expression of my core, my being, my existence. But nothing has moved me yet to inspire me to write and lay my thoughts out in the open. In the end, I just want to preserve my wisdom through here. I hope I can write meaningfully in the future. Cape Angela, Bizerte Tunisia (Northernmost Part of North Africa)

Rainbow Wings

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As I spread my wings to fly, I will do so without hesitation. I will fly to places where I can become a person worthy of this lifetime.