Ambassador Junever M. Mahilum-West (left) and HSH Albert II Prince of Monaco

MONACO-27 April 2022—Philippine non-resident Ambassador to the Principality of Monaco Junever M. Mahilum-West presented her credentials to His Serene Highness Albert II Prince of Monaco on 26 April 2022.

Ambassador Mahilum-West conveyed the good wishes of President Rodrigo Duterte to HSH and the people of the Principality of Monaco. She expressed the hope for enhanced relations, including enhanced relations under the 2016 Framework Agreement for Bilateral Cooperation between the Philippines and Monaco, especially in the context of recovery from the pandemic and strengthening of health systems.

Ambassador West also expressed appreciation for HSH’s support of environmental protection and promotion of scientific research, particularly HSH’s patronage for the continued conservation of the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Considering HSH’s interest in sustainable development, maritime cooperation, and biodiversity, Ambassador Mahilum-West encouraged further exploration and expansion of possible programs under the 2016 Framework Agreement.  Ambassador Mahilum-West extended an invitation for HSH to visit the Philippines again at an opportune time.

PH Consul General, a.h. to Monaco David Zuellig (leftmost), Minister Counselor Isabelle Berro-Amadei (center) and Ambassador Mahilum-West (rightmost)

During her visit to Monaco, Ambassador Mahilum-West joined the Ambassadors of Bulgaria, Norway and Timor Leste who also presented their credentials on the same date at a luncheon hosted by Minister Counselor for External Relations and Cooperation Isabelle Berro-Amadei and other Monegasque officials.

Ambassador Mahilum-West and Consul General Zuellig cut the red-ribbon during the official inauguration.

In the afternoon, Ambassador Mahilum-West formally inaugurated the new office of the Philippine Consulate-General located at Domaine de Roqueville, 20 boulevard Princesse Charlotte, 98000 Monaco. Consul-General ad honorem David Zuellig and Madame Hazel Zuellig invited various Monegasque and consular corps officials and the leaders of the Filipino community to the blessing of the consular premises, which was followed by a reception featuring Filipino dishes.  

Mr. John West (leftmost), Mr. Marc Lecourt, President of the Association of Honorary Consuls in Monaco and Honorary Consul General of Slovenia (2nd from left), Ambassador Mahilum-West, Consul-General Zuellig, Dr. Hazel Zuellig (2nd from right), and Paris PE Deputy Chief of Mission Aileen S. Mendiola-Rau

Ambassador Mahilum-West and Consul General Zuellig meet with leaders of the Filipino Community in Monaco and southern France.

Ambassador Mahilum-West assured the Filipino community that the Philippine Embassy in Paris, in close coordination with Consul General  a.h. David Zuellig, is always ready to assist the approximately 180 Filipino nationals in Monaco. END