Al Francis Bichara

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Al Francis Bichara
Al Francis C. Bichara (cropped).jpg
22nd Governor of Albay
In office
June 30, 2016 – June 30, 2022
Vice GovernorHarold Imperial
Edcel Lagman Jr.
Preceded byJoey Salceda
Succeeded byNoel Rosal
In office
June 30, 1995 – June 30, 2004
Preceded byDanilo Azaña
Succeeded byFernando V. Gonzalez
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Albay's 2nd District
In office
June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2016
Preceded byCarlos R. Imperial
Succeeded byJoey Salceda
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Albay's 3rd District
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1995
Preceded byEfren R. Sarte
Succeeded byRomeo R. Salalima
Mayor of Ligao
In office
1986 – June 30, 1992
Personal details
Born (1952-09-17) September 17, 1952 (age 70)
Ligao, Albay, Philippines
Political partyPDP–Laban
Other political
Nacionalista (2007–2016)
NPC (1992–2007)
Residence(s)Legazpi City, Albay
EducationAquinas University (BS, MA)
OccupationPolitician, diplomat
ProfessionCivil Engineer

Al Francis C. Bichara (born September 17, 1952) is a Filipino politician and former provincial governor of Albay in the Bicol Region of the Philippines from 1995 to 2004 and again from 2016 to 2022.

A civil engineer by profession, Bichara's political career began when he served as mayor of Ligao City from 1986 to 1992. In 1992, Bichara was elected to the House of Representatives, representing the 3rd District of Albay. After one term in the House, Bichara was elected governor of Albay in 1995. He was re-elected as governor in 1998 and 2001.[1]

After the expiration of his third consecutive term as governor in 2004, Bichara was appointed Ambassador to Lebanon by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The 2006 Lebanon War broke out during his tenure as Ambassador, and he drew attention when he threatened to halt the evacuation of Filipinos in Lebanon due to the lack of funds.[2]

In 2007, Bichara returned to the House of Representatives, this time winning election as the Representative from the 2nd District of Albay. In 2016, he ran for governor under the Nacionalista Party and won. In 2019, he once again ran for re-election as governor this time under the PDP–Laban and won.[3]


  1. ^ Iglesias, Iza (December 10, 2016). "Albay's devoted son". The Manila Times. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  2. ^ Aubrey Makilan (August 2006). "Only 3,400 of OFWs in Lebanon Could Come Home". Bulalat. Archived from the original on 21 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-09.
  3. ^ Serrano, Mar (May 15, 2019). "'Old guards' dominate Albay politics". PNA. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Albay
Succeeded by
House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by Member of the House of Representatives
from Albay's 2nd district

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Efren R. Sarte
Member of the House of Representatives
from Albay's 3rd district

Succeeded by
Romeo R. Salalima