Embassy History

The first resident diplomatic mission of the Philippines in East Africa was opened in the Republic of Kenya on 04 July 1975 by Charge d’Affaires Ismael D. Quiambao. On 01 August 1975, the first resident Ambassador, Mauro O. Baradi, arrived in Nairobi. He presented his credentials to President Mzee Jomo Kanyatta at the State House, Nakuru, four days after his arrival, on 5 August 1975.

The following have served as Philippine Ambassadors to Kenya, namely:


Head of Post Date of Tenure
Mauro O. Baradi 01 August 1975
Pablo A. Araque 1981
Romeo C. Mendoza 26 October 1991
Edmundo B. Libid October 1991 – September 1994
Nelson D. Lavina November 1994 – August 1997
Rolando M. Libas May 1998 – April 2001
Rosalinda Tirona 12 August 2002 – July 2005
Ma. Rosario Janolo December 2006 – September 2008
Domingo D. Lucenario, Jr. August 2009 – March 2013
Bayani V. Mangibin July 2014 - 2016
Uriel Norman R. Garibay June 2017 – 28 February 2019
Alex G. Chua 16 April 2019 - Present



The following have served as Charge d’Affaires, a.i., namely: Ismael D. Quiambao (July 1975); Romeo Mendoza (3 September 1981-30 September 1984); Zoilo M. Alberto, Jr. (March 1981-2 September 1981, October 1984); Julius Ceasar A. Flores (April 1997-May 1998); Oscar Orcine (25 July 2001-11 August 2002); Bernardita Muller (August 2005-December 2006); Renato Villapando (September 2008-May 2009); Bernadette Mendoza (May 2009-August 2009); Donna Celeste D. Feliciano-Gatmaytan (March 2013 – July 2014); and Uriel Norman R. Garibay (2016 - June 2017); and Francis Maynard S. Maleon (01 March 2019 - 16 April 2019)

The Embassy currently oversees Philippine bilateral relations with Kenya, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The Embassy used to cover bilateral relations with Djibouti, Eritrea and Ethiopia before it was transferred to the Philippine Embassy in Cairo in 2007. In March 2013, the Embassy started to oversee Philippine bilateral relation with South Sudan.

The Embassy also serves as the Philippine Mission to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat).