From left to right: Mr Alistair Harrison CMG CVO, Her Majesty’s Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, receives Ambassador Evan Garcia at St James’s Palace
On 3 May 2016, the new Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom, H.E. Evan P. Garcia, presented open copies of his Letters of Credence to Mr Julian Evans, Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps and Director for Protocol at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), London. This introductory meeting signifies that Ambassador Garcia is now officially accredited to the UK.
Ambassador Garcia presents open copies of his Letters of Credence to Mr Julian Evans, Director for Protocol of FCO.
The new Philippine Ambassador also paid a courtesy call on Mr Alistair Harrison CMG CVO, Her Majesty’s Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, at St James’s Palace. The Marshal is responsible for organizing the formal presentation of the Letters of Credence to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Ambassador Garcia is a senior member of the Philippine Foreign Service, having recently served as Undersecretary for Policy at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. Prior to this, he was the Philippine Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) and other International Organizations in Geneva.
A career diplomat, Ambassador Garcia was previously assigned to the Philippine diplomatic missions in Tokyo and Washington DC. He is a recipient of the Philippines’ Gawad Mabini awards, with the rank of Dakilang Kasugo (Commander) and then Dakilang Kamanong (Grand Cross) for his substantive contributions in promoting the interests of the Republic of the Philippines at home and abroad.
He has a License in International Relations and Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (the Graduate Institute Geneva) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service, magna cum laude, from the University of the Philippines.
Born in Vietnam, Ambassador Garcia is married to Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia, a fellow Filipino diplomat, with whom he has one son. END