Overcoming Cross-Cultural Barriers: Perspective Towards Globalization

As citizens of a thriving multinational community, we must always keep in mind that being successful calls for moving beyond our geographical understanding of intellect and emotional intelligence. We are now in the period of embracing internationalization, hence, the need to have a more informed and flexible approach to our everyday interactions.

Understanding that cultural goodwill is a vital facet of the growth of our country, cultural awareness and integration are indeed overriding aspects in the ASEAN Community. The sustainability of this thriving region is largely influenced by a peaceful coexistence, harmony, and unity of multi-cultural people. Borrowing the words of Mr. Ong Keng Yong, former ASEAN Secretary-General, “culture is ASEAN’s legacy and future and ASEAN draw upon it to shape its identities – as individuals, as a nation, and as a region.”

A few months back, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT) of Thailand and CSPC successfully inked a partnership that is aimed towards your academic growth as students and young professionals, as well as encouraging growth, exploration, and collaboration. This solidarity is an important means of promoting international friendship and goodwill through the strengthening of mutual understanding of basic factors that form the foundation of RMUTT and CSPC, especially our commitment to excellence in quality education and services.

However, this indispensable cooperation will never come to realization without the determination and be helping hand of a fellow Filipino whose vision for greatness stretches beyond geographical boundaries and immediate concerns. True enough, he travelled two thousand kilometers back to his home country just to be with us in this important affair to share his expertise and experiences as an accomplished individual.

Today’s resource person earned his Bachelor’s Degree in International Relation at the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, Cotabato where he was an LGU Scholar by virtue of being elected as an SK Chairman. In 2005, he completed Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in General Science in 2005 at Southern Baptist College in Mlang, Cotabato where he was awarded as Outstanding Student of the College of Education. Later that year, he passed the Licensure Exam for Professional Teachers.

In 2004, he went back to the University of Southern Mindanao to take Master of Science in Rural and Economic Development, this time, as an LGU Scholar for his service as an appointed Barangay Treasurer of Lepaga, Mlang, Cotabato.

A dedicated and conscientious individual, he also served as a Focal Person of World Food Program from 2005 to 2007. Subsequently, he took the challenge of committing his proficiency overseas, particularly in the Land of Smiles, when he started teaching Science in Mattayom Siriwanwari 2 School of Songkhla from 2007 to 2013 and in Betong Wiraratprasan School in Betong, Yala, Thailand from 2010 to 2013.

Albeit being away from his home turf, his passion to serve and lead didn’t cease as he was elected as Chairman and President of the Community of Overseas Filipino Workers in Thailand.

At present, he is the International Relations Expert of Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, a champion institution currently partnered with CSPC in upholding academic excellence in our faculty and students.

Student leaders of CSPC, join me in welcoming our resource person for today’s affair with a joyous Sawadee Ka, Mr. Wenson A. Gallaza!