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CONSUL, Head of Post
Ambassador To Norway
Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative
Executive Director, Office
Filipino Community of Guam
Board of Trustees Member
Bachelor of Science Degree
St. John's University
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CONSUL GENERAL BAYANI S. MERCADO
Head of Post
Appreciation: The Filipino Community of Guam presented tokens of appreciation to former Philippine Consul General Bayani Mercado on Wednesday. Mercado left the island on Thursday. From left: Sonia Sotelo, FCG assistant treasurer; Menchu Suarez, acting FCG secretary representing the office of Sen. Dennis Rodriguez; Mercado; and Leah Beth Naholowa, FCG president and Guam Department of Labor director.
Appreciation: The Filipino Community of Guam presented tokens of appreciation to former Philippine Consul General Bayani Mercado on Wednesday. Mercado left the island on Thursday. Dennis Rodriguez; Mercado; and Leah Beth Naholowa, FCG president and Guam Department of Labor director. / Photo courtesy of Filipino Community of Guam Farewell to a leader: Philippine Consul General Bayani Mercado speaks before a wreath-laying ceremony at the marker for Apolinario Mabini on June 12, 2010. Mercado has relocated to Norway to serve as Philippine Ambassador. Farewell to a leader: Philippine Consul General Bayani Mercado speaks before a wreath-laying ceremony at the marker for Apolinario Mabini on June 12, 2010. Mercado has relocated to Norway to serve as Philippine Ambassador. / Bayanihan file photo Remembering a leader: Philippine Consul General Bayani Mercado speaks before a wreath-laying ceremony at the marker for Apolinario Mabini on June 12. Mabini was author of the first Philippine constitution and the republic's first prime minister. Remembering a leader: Philippine Consul General Bayani Mercado speaks before a wreath-laying ceremony at the marker for Apolinario Mabini on June 12. Guam Philippine Consul General Bayani Mercado has moved to the highest appointment of his diplomatic career and is now the Philippine ambassador to Norway. Mercado left island last week on a 27-hour plane ride to Oslo, Norway, where he is now the Philippine ambassador. With a total of 54 months of service on the island, Mercado says he is quite ready to take on the new role of becoming an ambassador of the Philippines to Norway. "I enjoyed being consul general here on Guam," says Mercado, who is from Biññan, Laguna. "I'm proud of the Filipino community here, who have shown to be a productive group. For example, whenever there is a natural disaster, they are among the first to assist their countrymen back home." Mercado says his experience with the host government of Guam was always positive as the local leaders are "very hospitable and friendly. Guam presented a challenge for Mercado in as far resources, but he says it was always encouraging to see how the community would pull together. "Sometimes, we lack resources to help the community but the lack of resources are offset with the assistance of the community," he says. LIFETIME EXPERIENCES Sitting as the Philippine consul general to Guam brought Mercado many experiences. "Back in June 2002, I welcomed former Philippine President Fidel Ramos to Guam, two chief justices of the Philippine Supreme Court -- Chief Justice Reynato Puno in 2007 and Chief Justice Renato Corona last year -- and CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida," Mercado says. Back in 2008, Mercado also welcomed 300 Philippine mayors on island, who all attended a Pacific Island Mayors League convention here on Guam. "I'm definitely going to miss all the friends I made here," he says. Mercado is accustomed to moving as he's also spent time as consul general in Vancouver, Canada for six years, several years as an ambassador to the United Nations and a total of 12 more years in New York. While he's excited about his new role, it's tough to leave the island not only because of the friendships he's made here but it's proximity to his homeland. "This year, I got to visit my dad four times," Mercado says of his father, now in his 80s. "But I may now only be able to see him once a year with this new assignment." Albert del Rosario, the Philippine secretary of foreign affairs, had previously asked Mercado about the Europe-based duty years before Philippine President Benigno Aquino III signed Mercado's assignment to Norway in April. "Any diplomat would like to be an ambassador because that is the top of the career," Mercado says. As an ambassador, Mercado will represent the Philippines stationed in the foreign capital of Oslo, Norway. "I'm taking on a wider horizon of responsibilities," Mercado says. "I will not only be the ambassador to Norway but also to Iceland and Denmark." There are about 15,000 Filipinos in Norway on land, with 20,000 more Filipinos serving as sailors aboard Norwegian flag vessels. Prior to his departure, Mercado was given a legislative certificate, sponsored by Sen. Leah Beth Naholowaa, president of the Filipino Community of Guam, offered Mercado her thanks for his camaraderie and support for all Filipino communities on Guam. Mercado says there were many friendships and accomplishments he'll look back on fondly of his time on Guam. In 2007 he organized the first of what became twice yearly immigration seminars for newly arrived Filipinos on Guam. Mercado plans to institute the same program in Norway. As a Filipino who regards Guam as his "second home," Mercado says he wants to see the island prosper, which is why he hopes the local government succeeds in its bid for the China and Russia visa-waiver programs. "Guam is truly my second home and I still have seven years to retire," Mercado says. Guam Philippine Consul General Bayani Mercado has moved to the highest appointment of his diplomatic career and is now the Philippine ambassador to Norway.
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ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE TOUR OF DUTY OF CONSUL GENERAL MERCADO
HAGATÑA - The Consulate General of the Philippines wishes to announce that Consul General Bayani S. Mercado shall conclude his tour of duty in Guam on 30 November 2008 and assume the post of Assistant Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs' Legislative Liaison Office on 01 December 2008. Consul General Mercado, who is on his second tour of duty in Guam, assumed his current post on 19 June 2007. He first served as Consul General of the Philippines in Guam from February 2002 to October 2003. His tour of duty was cut short when the Department of Foreign Affairs assigned him as Ambassador & Deputy Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations in New York in October 2003.
Consul General Bayani S. Mercado
About Consul General Bayani S. Mercado
Consul General Bayani S. Mercado Consul General Bayani S. Mercado About Consul General Bayani S. Mercado Members List Bayani S. Mercado The Consulate General of the Philippines is pleased to announce the arrival and assumption of duty of Consul General BAYANI S. MERCADO. Mr. Mercado was Philippine Consul General to Guam from February 2002 until October 2003 when he was tapped by the Department of Foreign Affairs to represent the Philippines as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (October 2003 to June 2007) and Alternate Representative to the Security Council ( January 2004 to December 2005). Consul General Mercado's previous assignments include the following: Acting Head of Post, Vancouver, (1998-1999), Consul and Executive Officer, Vancouver (1993-1998); Second Secretary and later First Secretary , Philippine Mission to the United Nations, New York (1988-1990); Vice Consul and later Consul, Philippine Consulate General, New York (1982-1988). In the Home Office, Consul General Mercado served as Executive Director, Office of American Affairs (2000-2002); Deputy Chief of Protocol (1999-2000); Director and later Acting Executive Director, Office of the United Nations and other International Organizations (1990-1993); Principal Assistant, Office of ASEAN Affairs (1981-1982); and Acting Director of American Affairs, Office of Political Affairs ( 1979-1982). In his more than 28 years of service in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Consul General Mercado has represented the Philippines either as adviser, member, head or deputy head of delegation in different foras such as ASEAN, Group of 77, Non-Aligned Movement, United Nations, and the RP-US Mutual Defense Board. He has lectured/participated in seminars/workshops locally/internationally on issues relating to the United Nations, Security Council, RP-US relations, protocol and peace and security issues. As Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations he helped organize the 2005 Security Council Summit, which was only the second in the Council's history, and the first Informal Interfaith Summit in 2005 involving 18 heads of states/government. Consul General Mercado has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Foreign Service from the Lyceum of the Philippines and a Masters' Degree in International Relations from St. John's University, New York. He is a native of Biñan, Laguna and married to Nida De Los Santos Montallana of Bulacan & Samar.
It was launched in 14 June 2014 led by Ambassador Bayani Mercado of Norway and DCM Blesila Cabrera of Finland along with the leaders of the Filipino Organizations from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.