DUBLIN 24 April 2018 — Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio Manuel R. Lagdameo presented his Letters of Credence to President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin, the official residence of the President of Ireland in Dublin on 19 April.

Ambassador Lagdameo has formally commenced his duties as non-resident Philippine Ambassador to Ireland by presenting to President Higgins the letter from President Rodrigo Duterte signifying the Ambassador’s appointment.

The presentation of credentials was followed by Ambassador Lagdameo’s inspection of the Irish Guard of Honor at the President’s official residence. He was accompanied at the credentials ceremony by his spouse Madam Linda Floirendo Lagdameo and Consul Rommel Romato. Some high-ranking Irish government representatives, including Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, were also in attendance.

During the ceremony, Ambassador Lagdameo greeted President Higgins and conveyed President Duterte’s good wishes for the well-being and prosperity of the leader and the people of Ireland. President Higgins welcomed the new non-resident Philippine Ambassador to Ireland. He also expressed Ireland’s gratitude for the contributions of Filipino migrant workers to the development of his country.

The Philippines and Ireland enjoy strong bilateral relations with dynamic people-to-people linkages starting with the flow of Irish Catholic missionaries to the Philippines in the late 19th century. The two island nations belong to the fastest-growing economies in Asia and Europe. Both countries have millions of people living overseas constituting the largest diasporas in the world today.

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