Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa – Trailblazer



Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait


They say “It takes one to know one.” This certainly holds water for Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa, Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait. Having been a migrant worker himself, he has firsthand experience on the true plight of the OFW’s – an advantage that informs his decisions as he looks after the welfare of the more than 200,000 Filipino expats in Kuwait.

All throughout 2016, Ambassador Renato stayed resolute in carrying out his original mandate: that is, to advance the national interest of the Philippines, and reinforce the country’s bilateral relations with Kuwait. He launched various activities designed to unite the Filipino community – a massive undertaking, given the many factions and cell groups that the kabayans in Kuwait have formed through the years. He also endeavored to adopt an open-door policy for the Embassy, which gives the Filipinos in Kuwait a bigger platform from which they could express their needs and concerns to the Government.


Photo by Alex Callueng; Photography Assistant – Bethoven Filomeno
Special thanks to – Giordano, Nikon, Liali Jewellery, Lulu, Mitsubishi and Western Union.


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