The idea of becoming a diplomat conjures an image of a rarified job dealing with the upper echelons of society and guarding state secrets. This is true, to an extent. Continue Reading
Before I joined the Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA over a decade ago, I hardly understood how the DFA worked. Geez… I didn’t even know the difference between an embassy and a consulate.
There are approximately 17 million Philippine passports in circulation. Yup you read that right. There are 17 million Filipinos in possession those insanely beautiful, super high-tech maroon windows to the world emblazoned with a gold inlay of the Philippine nation emblem. Passports in circulation – I love that statistic.
Getting the Red Ribbon at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate: What’s the Difference Between Authentication and Acknowledgement?
Important Update 09/18/18: The Philippines has acceded to the Apostille Convention on September 12, 2018, which is an international convention which will greatly simplify authentication services or “red ribbon” services Continue Reading
So, you want to be a diplomat? The Philippine Foreign Service Officers Examination, or “FSO Exam” for short, is the exam you have to pass if you want to be Continue Reading