Dr. Abdul Hannan Tago – Portmanteau Figure of a Global Filipino
By J. Nava Cruz
May 21, 2016
At his young-peak-age of 50, Abdul Hannan Tago is a portmanteau figure of a Global Filipino: A loving father. A caring husband. An accomplished, multi-awarded Filipino journalist. A kind-hearted overseas Filipino leader and advisor to many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Filipino organizations in the Kingdom. Most of all, an OFW himself.
But the thorny-rough-road to greatness and success did not come easy.
At the age of 16, Abdul Hannan experienced the melancholic world of overseas Filipinos as an international student through a scholarship grant during the 80’s in Egypt. Far away from family. From home and dear ones. And yes, during that time, in the absence of modern technology in the midst of aloneness. Right after obtaining his undergraduate degree in Arabic Literature (Major in Mass Communications & Public Relations) and Masters in Journalism, Abdul Hannan finally joined, in 1992, the ‘OFW bandwagon’ to work as the first multilingual Filipino journalist, with deep insight into the Arab culture and Middle East affairs, in Saudi Arabia under the sponsorship/employment of Arab News - one of the leading English newspapers in the Gulf. Since then, and for almost 26 years as a media practitioner, he picked-up a little bit of life from every Filipino and foreign expatriates he personally encountered, interviewed, befriended and helped in the process just like in the case of ‘Dondon Lanuza’, who he helped to be saved from death penalty in Saudi Arabia. He, time and time again, witnessed and proven that the whole process of migration, particularly the subject and issue of pains and sufferings, is real. That, he honestly and sincerely understands the oodles of pains every single OFW should overcome. That, he just cannot avert his eyes on truth about the real needs of his fellow ‘Pinoy expats’. That, he can serve quite well his fellow overseas Filipinos via diplomatic service. That, he can take the bull by its horn and be a ‘true diplomatic servant’ and companion to his fellow OFWs. Because he knows how to be an OFW since he is one. An OFW!
Passion, discipline and hard-work, at the end, paid-off. The young-teenager of 16 during the ‘80’s has gone through a process of metamorphosis. The young boy is now a man of leadership, compassion and kindness, who reaps award after award, recognition after recognition, and whose undying love to continue serving his fellow OFWs in Saudi Arabia never fades away with time: Conferred in 1992 with the title of Doctor of Humanity by the Academy of Universal Global Peace (AUGP) Ambassador of Goodwill of Peace, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Most Influential Filipino in the Gulf and Media’s Filipino Custodian/Top 100 Most Influential Filipinos awarded by Dubai based Filipino magazine “Illustrado”; appointed as CEO of Mindanao-based NGO for Peace, ‘Bangsamoro International Solidarity Conference’ (BISC); this coming August, he will be awarded by We Care for Humanity (WCH) during the 4th Global Officials of Dignity Awards (G.O.D) as Filipino Media Icon 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and the list goes on.
As of this writing, there is, by and large, potent call from various Filipino organizations and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia clamoring for the diplomatic and ‘ambassadorship’ service of Dr. Abdul Hannan Tago. Likewise, there’s a number of endorsement letters and citations shared with this writer/author received from the various ambassadors of diplomatic missions in the Kingdom like Spain, Belgium, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Argentina and international institutions and organizations endorsing Hannan Tago to be highly-qualified and perfectly fit to serve his fellow-countrymen in Saudi Arabia. And the way this writer/author sees and puts it, there’s a certain je ne sais quoi about this man that is quite appealing to be the next Philippine Ambassador in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and leaves the opportunity for other overseas Filipinos in the Kingdom, so to the concerned Philippine government hierarchy to unearth this assertion, much more and perhaps, endorse it to enjoy and get benefited from such a compassionate-genuine ‘diplomatic OFW service’ of the man, named: Dr. Abdul Hannan Tago.
(Abdul Hannan Tago, from Butig, Lanao del Sur is happily married to Mrs. Nawal Abdulmalik Tago, who belongs to a purely Royal Sultanate Maranao family of Tugaya. The couple were blessed with two brilliant and charming sons, namely: Abdulwadoud, 19, studying in Xi'an Jiaotong University in China and Faisal, 17, a student of Sulimanyah High School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.) - (J. Nava Cruz, an OFW, is a freelance writer/documentarist and published book author in the Philippines. Very soon, he will be publishing and launching his very first suspense-thriller novel in Manila and Riyadh).
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