CULTURAL POTPOURRI| Edgar N. Ang, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Davao

IT WAS last November 24, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. when Davao’s respected businessman, Edgar N. Ang, took his oath as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Davao before His Excellency Kim Jae-Shin, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of the Philippines. Honorary Consul Ang’s Rubiken Trading Company’s office located within the Anflo Corporate Center, Damosa Building, was also inaugurated as the newly designated Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Davao. Witnessing the event was Assistant Secretary of the Office of Protocol of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Jerril G. Santos, who was formerly the Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam.


HONORARY Consul of the Republic of Korea in Davao Edgar N. Ang

The role of the Consul “is to protect the interests of the country’s citizens he is representing in an official capacity who live in the place in which he is stationed. He directs the Consulate, a diplomatic mission that provides a number of services and resources to citizens of the country who appointed him as Honorary Consul. The Honorary Consul oversees all of the processes that occur at the Honorary Consulate. Traditionally, the purpose of the Consulate has been to increase trade. The Consulate helps businesses from each country market its goods and services in the other.”


(l-r): MIGUEL and Patricia Ang, Hon. Consul Edgar and Maita Ang, Michelle and Toby Ang

  The basis of Honorary Consul Edgar N. Ang’s appointment took into consideration his personal prestige, influence, integrity, stability of assets as well as certain commitment to the Republic of Korea. In the Letter of Commission signed by His Excellency Yun Byung-Se, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, he clearly stated: Having full and special trust in his abilities and integrity, I hereby assign Mr. Edgar N. Ang as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Davao City, the Republic of the Philippines, with jurisdiction over the same area, and grant unto him all the rights required for the exercise of the said office…I do hereby enjoin all Korean nationals to acknowledge him accordingly and request that the government of the Republic of the Philippines and its local authorities afford him all proper assistance necessary for the full and peaceable discharge of his functions, and extend all honors, privileges and immunities rightfully appertaining to his office.” The Letter of Commission was written in Seoul, South Korea, and dated September 27, 2016.


(l-r): MIGUEL and Patricia Dominguez, Michael E. Dakudao, Michelle and Toby Ang

     On the other hand, the Exequatur or the official recognition by the Philippine Government of the Honorary Consul signed for Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte by the Honorable Perfecto R. Yasay, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, was handed to Honorary Consul Edgar N. Ang by the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Protocol of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Jerril G. Santos. It read: “Satisfactory evidence having been exhibited to me that Edgar N. Ang has been appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea in Davao, I do hereby recognize him as such, and declare him free to exercise and enjoy such functions, powers, and privileges as are allowed to consular officers by the Law of the Nations or by the Laws of the Republic of the Philippines.” The Exequatur was written in Manila on October 6, 2016.

     Right after the Exequatur was read, Edgar N. Ang was handed the oath to read by Ambassador Kim. With right hand raised, Edgar N. Ang recited the oath before the Korean Ambassador. Honorary Consul Edgar N. Ang’s family members namely Maita Montemayor-Ang, Toby and Michelle Ang, and Sarangani Governor Miguel and Patricia Dominguez then congratulated the new Honorary Consul of Korea in Davao and so did a handful of Davao’s politicians who attended the special event.

     Ambassador Kim, Assist. Sec. Santos, Honorary Consul Ang and all the guests were then ushered to the lounging area outside the office to witness the unveiling of the official plaque which formally signified the opening of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Davao.

     A formal reception followed at the Grand Ballroom of the Marco Polo Davao which saw the representatives of the Korean community of Davao led by Ambassador and Madame Kim Jae-Shin interacting with Honorary Consul and Madame Edgar N. Ang, their family members, relatives and guests.

     Congratulations, His Excellency Honorary Consul Edgar N. Ang. Wishing you all the best…

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