The Life President signed a Decree appointing Mart Ian Siapno as Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines, upgrading his status from Special Presidential Envoy to head of mission.
The Lostislandic Embassy in the Philippines, originally established in December 2016, was shut down following the dismissal of Ambassador Manuel Salta for undiplomatic behavior. In November 2018 Mart Ian Siapno was appointed Special Presidential Envoy to the Republic of the Philippines – a diplomatic office of Lostisland just short of embassy status. With the creation of Mr. Siapno as the new Ambassador, Lostisland resumes her full diplomatic presence in the Philippines.
The Philippine community of Lostisland, while not large, is one of the oldest – the first Filipino joined Lostisland back in 2012 – and the region is known for hosting many new nation projects (micronations) with which Lostisland maintains regular contacts, making the office one of the most important in the entire diplomatic service.
The Ambassador of Lostisland is the highest official entrusted to represent Lostisland in a particular country and is responsible for speaking on behalf of the Lostislandic Government, coordinating the activities of resident Lostislandic citizens, and establishing a dialogue with local authorities and organizations. As of now, twelve Lostislandic Ambassadors have been appointed (available on the Our Team page). Dedicated citizens who live in a country without official Lostislandic representation and who consider themselves possessing the necessary skills and connections are invited to contact the Lostislandic Government and submit their candidacies for becoming the Ambassadors of Lostisland.