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Terence Flannery : A foreigner in the Philippines

Discussion in 'Culture and Food' started by HaloHalo, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. Jerseymarc
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    Jerseymarc Member

    Yes I know who you're talking about I had the same experience there, I was embarrassed to think they represent the UK
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  2. Markham
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    Markham . Lifetime Member

    Moira Jackson was an Honorary Consul, a trade representative, not a member of the Diplomatic Corps - no "CD" badge on her car. Whilst she was empowered to assist with certain "citizen services" such as recording marriages and births which she did on behalf of the Manila Consulate, her remit did not include visa applications or citizens under arrest or imprisoned.

    She may have given the appearance of being brusque and disinterested but under that rather tough exterior, she was a delightful lady with a very keen sense of humour. Her husband, on the other hand, took his job of being her gatekeeper rather too seriously and could be quite unpleasant if he chose to be. Mae and I knew them socially which may have helped when Mae visited from Davao to register our first-born's birth - Moira dealt with her professionally and with kindness, inviting her for lunch afterwards.

    Their daughter, who was born in Cebu, was supposed to have taken over as Honorary Consul when her mother retired but the new Ambassador decided to close the Cebu Consulate - whose premises remain empty and for sale.

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