Filipino diplomat conferred knighthood

Jean Henri Lhuillier has recently been conferred the rank of Official Knight of the Equestrian Order of Saint Agatha and was given the emblem for Cavaliere Ufficiale dell’ordine di Sant’Agata by the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of San Marino, a microstate situated north-east of Italy.

Jean Henri Lhuillier (left) receives
the certificate of conferment from
Pasquale Valentini, Minister for
Foreign Affairs with functions of
Prime Minister of San Marino, in
simple ceremonies held at the
Palazzo Begni in San Marino.
Lhuillier, who is also the president and chief executive of Cebuana Lhuillier, the Philippines’ largest microfinancial company, received the knighthood in recognition of his active and consistent efforts to strengthen the bilateral relationship between San Marino and the Philippines.

The order, given only to foreign nationals who have positively contributed charitable and other services for the benefit of San Marino with at least 10 years of service, was bestowed on Lhuillier, despite serving for only seven years, because of his exemplary work and contribution to the state as its Consul General in the Philippines.

Appointed seven years ago, Lhuillier is the first consul general of San Marino in the Philippines and Asia. Through his leadership, Lhuillier has promoted the culture and heritage of San Marino, and has been active and consistent in making efforts to strengthen the bilateral relationship between San Marino and the Philippines.

 “I am grateful to the Republic of San Marino for this valuable distinction. Seven years ago, they have entrusted to me the responsibility of representing them in the Philippines, and it continues to be an honor for me to take on the role. I may have been in service for less than 10 years, but the state still gave this distinction for all my efforts here in Manila, despite the short service period,” says Lhuillier.

Since his appointment to office in 2007, Lhuillier spearheaded various programs that promoted the culture, trade and social programs of the microstate.

One of his flagship projects is the facilitation of San Marino’s inter-country adoption program, where he helped orphaned and abandoned young Filipinos get adopted by San Marino families.

Through the program, the children were given a chance to live a more serene life in San Marino.

On the trade aspect, Lhuillier helped promote San Marino as a viable investment partner through coordination with the members of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, and with the local investors.

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