About Me

Hello! My name is Emi. I joined the Philippine foreign service in 2016 after almost a decade and a half in the academia, in different kinds of school settings, helping to develop the reading, writing and English communication skills of my students. I was previously based in France for my first foreign assignment, but I recently returned to my home country, the Philippines.

In the foreign service, the world is my university. I learn from the tasks assigned to me, from the materials I read daily, from the events/meetings I am assigned to attend, from the travels in different parts of the world, and from global events that unfold day by day. Meeting diverse people is also a natural part of my journey as a diplomat.

Let me share this journey with you.

Welcome to Beyond Routes.


The header image of this blog — a photo of Mayon Volcano, quintessential landmark of my home province of Albay in the Philippines — is a work of Rocky Evans Llona captioned “Relaxed and Calm.” It is one of the winners in a national photography competition (mobile category) held by the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) in 2015. You can view his original photo here.

The contents of my blog are my personal ideas and opinions and do not represent my organization nor my department’s. 🙂