29 April 2018, Dubai, U.A.E. – Philippine Consul General in Dubai Paul Raymund Cortes led the opening of a Filipino-owned Japanese-Korean restaurant called Shokudo at the Centurion tower in Deira, a district where many Filipinos reside. The restaurant is the brainchild of a group of six Overseas Filipinos based in Dubai. During the ceremony, undersigned emphasized the growing trend among overseas Filipinos who are trying their hand at entrepreneurship. I added that the repute of the Filipino business acumen is slowly gaining ground especially in Dubai which over half a million call their second home.

Thus far, there have been many Filipinos who have turned to the food industry to jumpstart their business endeavors. Majority of these target the Filipino market while many are looking into other cuisines such as Shokudo (Japanese-Korean) and Itadaki, another Japanese restaurant owned and managed by Overseas Filipinos. 

The number of financial literacy forums conducted in Dubai every week, Post’s numerous programs on entrepreneurship and financial advocacies through its Financial Literacy Task Force, and Post’s close collaboration and partnership with the Philippine Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, among many others, are among this Consulate’s strategies in creating a community who thrust is to build a more aggressive and entrepreneurial perspective.

(Photo credits to Laliebeth of Kabayan Weekly)