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Ambassador of the Philippine: H.E. Maria Zeneida Angara Collinson

PLACE OF BIRTH           Metro Manila, Philippines

STATUS                           Married to Michael John Collinson, Daughter, Elena





                  SCHOOL                                                     DEGREES/HONORS


           Hitotsubashi University                               Master of Arts in Economics

                  (1977-1979; Tokyo, Japan)                         Major in Trade Policy (Mombusho Scholar)


            Tokyo University of Foreign Studies            B.A. Japanology

            (1973-1977; Tokyo, Japan)                         (Mombusho Scholar)


            University of the Philippines                        A.B. (Finished two years and

            (1970-1972, Metro Manila)                          left for Japan on a scholarship)


            St. Paul College                                          Grade School Valedictorian

            (1959-1970, Metro  Manila)                         High School Salutatorian





April 2015 - present             Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Philippines to the Republic of Austria with concurrent   jurisdiction over the Republic of Croatia, 

 Republic of Slovenia and the Slovak  Republic


                                     Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),

 United Nations Industrial Development Organization  (UNIDO), and the ComprehensiveNuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).


March 2013 – April 2015      Assistant Secretary, Office of European Affairs, (Department of Foreign Affairs)


May 2007 – October 2012   Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (AEP) to the Kingdom of  Sweden, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia and the

 Republic of Lithuania and to Finland (2007 – 2010)               


January 2006 – May 2007   Assistant Secretary Office of European Affairs (Department of Foreign Affairs)


July 2005 – January 2006   Chief of Mission assigned as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs; Executive Director, Foreign Service Institute (Department of Foreign Affairs)


April 2004 – July 2005         Chief of Mission in Residence Foreign Service Institute (Department of Foreign Affairs)


July 2002 – March 2004      Consul General Philippine Consulate General  Sydney, Australia


August 1999 – July 2002    Consul General  Philippine Consulate General  (Hong Kong SAR)


May 1997 – August 1999    Minister in charge of Political and  Economic Affairs  (Philippine Embassy, London)


February 1995 – May 1997        Career Minister assigned as SpecialAssistant to the Secretary of Foreign  Affairs, in charge of political and  economic affairs; Concurrently, Executive Director,

 Office of Policy  Planning and Coordination (Department of Foreign Affairs)


April 1994 – January 1995         Career Minister assigned as Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Science and  Technology and

 Development Cooperation  (Department of Foreign Affairs)


May 1986 – March 1994             Second Secretary and Consul, then  First Secretary and Consul General, then Minister-Counselor handling in turn,

  economic/consular/political affairs (Philippine Embassy, Tokyo)           


June 1985 – May 1986               Director, Division V Office of ASEAN Affairs (Department of Foreign Affairs)


March 1980 - May 1985              Third Secretary and Vice Consul  Economic Affairs Section  (Philippine Embassy, Tokyo)


January 1983 – Dec 1984           Philippine Representative to the   Executive Board of the ASEAN Promotion Center on Trade, Investments and Tourism Tokyo, Japan)



Languages                                   Japanese (fluent), Spanish (good),  Knowledge of French, Swedish and Chinese in addition to Pilipino and English


Sports                                           Golf; Hiking; Walking


Hobbies                                        Literature; art appreciation




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