Farewell Ambassador Bahn Guinomla, Welcome Ambassador-Designate Tony Villamor
Ambassador Bahnarim Guinomla in his short message during the Philippine Road Show Presentation to Middle East on business and investments yesterday night 19 April 2006 at Philippine Embassy, made a confirmation on his new posting as Ambassador to Turkey. In his farewell speech, he thanks the community for their support in his tenure as Ambassador to the Kingdom.
The Philippine Road Show Presentation to Middle East on Business and investments is here in the Kingdom from April 18 to 20 to present investment opportunities to OFW’s. Two of the biggest business enterprise in the Philippines, like ING Investment Management represented by Cesar C. Zulueta, Managing Director and Head of the ING delegation and LANDCO Philippines presented business and trade opportunities in the Philippines to OFW’s.
Their mission includes to help OFW’s identifying prospective markets for integrated coconut processing centers, real estate planning and development, retirement options/medical tourism, engineering, construction and other related services.
During the said event we also noticed the presence of Special Envoy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ambassador Antonio P. Villamor. He is here on official visit or perhaps one of the advance parties assigned for the preparation of PGMA’s visit in the Kingdom probably very soon.
I noticed that everyone who attended the said event focused their attention to the mentioned visiting official. Later on, I heard that Ambassador Antonio Villamor would be the Ambassador-Designate to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia pending confirmation approval by the Senate Committee on Appointments.
I have the opportunity to greet him during the break with the first impression that he is approachable aside from speaking different Filipino dialect.
I am hoping that he can deal the tough job that he will be facing in the future.
A little bit of information of who is Ambassador Antonio Villamor:
As a diplomat and once the head of DFA-South, he travels from one country to another promoting economic opportunities in our country. On 1995, he was among the Mindanao delegation to Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia promoting economic prospects in both countries.
On 1997 he headed the group Growth with Equity in Mindanao, Philippines (GEM) to PALIKIR, Pohnpei on trade and investments for the economic growth in Mindanao particularly in the areas of agro-industry, tourism and transportation.
He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Silliman University, one of the prestigious universities in the Philippines and a former Philippine Consul General to Guam.
His previous tour of duty as a diplomat includes Jeddah-Saudi Arabia in the 1980’s, an experienced that could probably makes him a good Philippine Ambassador in the Kingdom. *** BongA