Despite the glamour and privileges attached to a career in diplomacy, it is perhaps one that constantly requires a good deal of soul-searching, having to wade through tidal changes in national policies that come with revolving doors of politics.
The coastal town of Ragay in the province of Camarines Sur in the Philippines is one of those places you pass by on the way to a major city like Naga in Bicol. However small and unheard of, Ragay produced Dr. Jesse Ronquillo, a multi-awarded scientist currently at the forefront of developing an Aquaculture Technician diploma program funded by the B.C. provincial government.
Newly minted Lt. Colonel Joseph Nonato, commanding general of the Royal Regiment of Canada is the latest source of pride of the Canadian Filipino community.
Last June, Nonato officially took the reins of the Canadian Army’s primary reserve regiment, one of the oldest army regiments in the Canadian Forces, which traces its roots to 1862. The Royal Regiment of Canada counts the Prince of Wales as honourary colonel-in-chief.