Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Ambassador Wilfredo Santos – Trailblazer



Philippine Ambassador to Qatar

Ambassador Wilfredo Santos has over 24 years of experience as a diplomat. His capabilities and achievements are beyond question, and yet he cautions about the folly of resting on one’s laurels. He says, “In my years of service in the Home Office and the Foreign Service, I’ve learned that you should never stand pat on your accomplishments. You should continue to become better in your work by undergoing training, attending seminars and learning not only from your superiors but also from your subordinates. Experience is indeed the best teacher as they say but being able to work within a team is also a skill that one should cultivate.”

This attitude of constant evolution has always done wonders for Ambassador Wilfredo’s service record, as evident in his current tenure in Qatar. In 2016, the Philippine Embassy in Qatar achieved numerous milestone accomplishments, such as receiving the “Best Community Award” at the Labor Welfare Awards 2016 during the Third Annual Labor Rights Protection Conference. Philippine culture was given a brighter spotlight, with the inauguration of the Sentro Rizal in Qatar – a showcase of Pinoy art, language, and culture, exhibited in various media formats. The Embassy also launched Kulinarya Qatar  – a program that aims to reinforce cultural and economic ties and promote tourism through the celebration of Filipino cuisine. For 2017, Ambassador Wilfredo endeavors to continue laying down the groundwork for more high level visits, as well as the signing of several agreements in the key areas of health, culture, education, visas and investments.


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

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