About the Ambassador

amba-2013-07-18J. Eduardo Malaya, a career member of the Philippine Foreign Service, commenced his diplomatic assignment in Kuala Lumpur in September 2011.

Ed, as he is known to friends, was Foreign Affairs Spokesman and concurrently Legal Adviser/Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) from February 2009 to September 2011, and Assistant Secretary for Policy Planning from March 2007 to January 2009. He earlier served at the Philippine missions in New York, Brussels, Chicago and San Francisco.

Two offices he headed received the DFA “Best Organization” Award in successive years - the DFA Office of Legal Affairs in 2012 and the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur in 2013.

He is the author/editor of four books: “Frontlines of Diplomacy: Conversations with Philippine Ambassadors” (Anvil Publishing, 2011); “Philippine Treaties Index, 1946-2010” (Philippine Foreign Service Institute, 2010); “So Help Us God: The Presidents of the Philippines and their Inaugural Addresses” (Anvil Publishing, 2004), and most recently, “Philippine-Malaysia Agreements (1962-2014): Cornerstones of a Partnership”(2015). “Frontlines of Diplomacy” was a Finalist for the 2013 National Book Awards (Professions Category) under the auspices of the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle.

His commentaries and articles have been featured in the New Straits Times, The Star, the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Philippine Law Journal, among others.

He is a recipient of two Presidential Citations, from President Fidel V. Ramos in 1995 and from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2010. He was bestowed the Order of Sikatuna, rank of Datu, in 2010 by President Arroyo.

Ed has BA Economics (with honors) degree and a Juris Doctor (law) degree, both from the University of the Philippines. He is a member of the Philippine Bar. Married to Rena Cristina, an obstetrician-gynecologist, he has three children - Mark Edward, Jana Ariana and Adrian Edward.