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 am currently based in France.

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.