Philippine Global Explorers (PGE) is a global community of Filipino world travelers whose mission is to bring together Filipino travelers supporting each other to travel the world, and harness the collective knowledge and experiences to benefit the Philippines. We are a community for Filipino travelers, explorers, and travel writers to meet and exchange information, news, and tips. Our network offers a support system for new globetrotters and veterans alike who may seek leads on domestic and international travels. This community fosters mutual value and respect for cultural understanding and education through travel. In line with this, the group strongly advocates responsible and sustainable travel that leaves destinations the way they are. Our members are also part of international travelers networks such as Travelers Century Club, Every Passport Stamp, NomadMania, Circumnavigators Club, and Most Traveled People.
Odette Ricasa became the first Filipino to travel to all the countries in the world as she arrived in Kurdistan, Iraq on 25th August 2022.
At 77 years old, she has fulfilled a lifetime dream of visiting the 193 countries recognized by the United Nations. Prior to the onset of the pandemic, Odette was 5 countries short of finishing all the countries. She resumed her world travels this 2022 to complete the remaining ones in this order: Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic, Libya, and Iraq. She also finished visiting all 7 continents back in 2015.
Based in Los Angeles, Odette is an active member of the Philippine Global Explorers travel community, where she heads the U.S West Coast chapter. She is a modern-day renaissance woman, an author of six travel books, a successful artist with over one hundred paintings, a motivational speaker, and a prolific piano player. Her mini biography and travel stories are featured in the book “Galà: Adventures of the Most Well-Traveled Filipinos”.