The Ambassador

Ambassador JOSE S. BRILLANTESĀ“s appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Philippines to Canada marks a return to Ottawa for Ambassador Jose S. Brillantes, having served in Ottawa while with the Department of Labor and Employment.Ambassador Brillantes was also Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia from 1996 to 2002, and had served in various capacities in Philippine diplomatic missions in Ottawa, in Germany, in Washington D.C.
His professional career covers extensive exposure in politics, law, legislation, public and interpersonal relations, and national and international diplomacy. A lawyer by profession, Ambassador Brillantes was a consistent honor student and was atop graduate of the Ateneo de Manila College of Law, where he was Presidenmt of the Ateneo Law Student Council and Editor of the Ateneo Law Journal. He was one of the topnotchers in the Philippine Bar examinations of 1960. He did graduate work in public administration at the Carleton University in Ottawa and has a Doctor of Laws degree from Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan City.
He practised law for 11 years and was twice elected as councilor to Manilas City Council. He also served as Technical Assistant of the Commission on Elections in the Philippines.
During his tenure as the Philippines envoy to Canada, Ambassador Brillantes intends to build on the harmonious relations between the Philippines and Canada, hand in hand with the ever-supportive and cooperative Filipino-Canadian community.

FORMER PHILIPPINE AMBASSADORS TO CANADA

H.E. Privado G. Jimenez
1971 to 1978
H.E. Ramon V. Del Rosario
1978 to 1984
H.E. Gregorio G. Abad
1984 to 1985
H.E. Sergio A. Barrera
1986 to 1988
H.E. Ramon A. Diaz
1989 to 1992
H.E. Pacifico A. Castro
1993 to 1996
H.E. Raul I. Goco
1997 to 1998
H.E. Francisco L. Benedicto
1998 to 2005
H.E. Jose S. Brillantes
2005 to Present
Directory of Embassy Personnel
Jose S. BRILLANTES
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Joseph Gerard B. ANGELES
Minister Counsellor and Consul General
Shirley E. BANQUICIO
First Secretary and Consul
Flerida Ann Camille P. MAYO
First Secretary and Consul
Porfirio M. MAYO Jr.
First Secretary and Consul
Edna L. PATAUNIA
Attache (Administrative)
Alvar E. ROSALES
Attache (Finance)
Mario S. MASANGKAY
Attache (Consular Assistant for ATN)
Buenaflor K. CRUZ
Attache (Cultural)
Romeo M. MERJUDIO
Attache (Protocol and Communication)
Merlita B. HALILI
Attache (Property and Consular Assistant)
Zenia Madonna M. CLEMENTE
Attache (Secretary to the Ambassador)
Ronnie D.B. SUMO
Clerk, General Utilityman and Alternate Driver
Josephine L. GONATO
Local Hire Clerk and Consular Assistant
Fernando O. CERVANTES
Local Hire Driver and General Utilityman