WELCOME TO THE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY IN THE PHILIPPINES WEBSITE
Message from the Ambassador
Welcome to the official website of the Australian Embassy in Manila. I am honored to take up my role as Australia's Ambassador to the Philippines in 2016 coinciding with the 70th anniversary of our bilateral relationship.
Our ties were forged during WWII when over 4,000 Australian service personnel fought alongside Filipino forces. The breadth of our modern relationship is reflected in the Joint Declaration on Australia-Philippines Comprehensive Partnership signed by Prime Minister Turnbull and President Aquino in November 2015. The Philippines is an important partner for Australia in Southeast Asia and we cooperate closely on a range of global and regional issues.
Our extensive trade and investment links are growing. I am heartened by our warm people to people bonds and have met some of the 10,000 Filipino students studying in Australia each year. Our defence forces and law enforcement agencies enjoy extensive cooperation. Australia's development assistance to the Philippines is focused on economic growth, education, social protection and, where necessary, humanitarian assistance.
The Embassy also provides consular and passport services to Australian citizens living in or visiting the Philippines.
My mission in the Philippines is to represent modern Australia - our vibrant democracy, Indigenous heritage, multicultural society and robust, open economy. If you'd like to keep up to date on Australia's activities in the Philippines then like our Facebook Page and follow me on Twitter @AusAmbPH. Look out for our events to mark the 70th anniversary.
Come along and Say Gday!
Australian Ambassador to the Philippines
Philippines and Australia Celebrate 70 Years of Friendship
Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely, SM Senior Vice President Millie Dizon and National Historical Commission of the Philippines Executive Director Vic Badoy witnessed the commemorative light up of the SM Mall of Asia (MoA) Globe with the 70th Anniversary Philippines-Australia Friendship logo. The globe also projected images of partnership between the two countries.
The event is a highlight of a year-long celebration led by the Australian Embassy to mark seven decades of bilateral ties. Formal relations between the two countries were established when Australia opened a Consulate General in Manila on 22 May 1946.
Twenty-nine Filipinos, all recent graduates of Australian universities, were welcomed by the Australian Embassy during a 3-day conference held on 9 to 11 February 2016 in Davao City. The scholars are recipients of the prestigious Australia Awards program awarded each year by the Australian Government. Since the 1950s more than 2,000 of the best and brightest Filipinos have been given the opportunity under the program to gain internationally-recognised qualification from an Australian institution
“Australia Day is not just a celebration; it is also a time of reflection on where we have come from as a nation. It is only appropriate at this time that we also reflect upon the journey that the Philippines and Australia have shared over the past 70 years.” - Ambassador Amanda Gorely
Speech by Ambassador Amanda Gorely at the Australia Day 2016 Reception
“In November 2015, Prime Minister Turnbull and President Aquino signed a Comprehensive Partnership Joint Declaration between Australia and the Philippines. This will provide the framework to broaden and deepen our already strong collaboration in defence, security, law enforcement, education, development assistance and disaster preparedness. Realising the potential of this Declaration is a high priority for me during my time in the Philippines. It is indeed an exciting time to be Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines “.
Philippine Presidential Proclamation No 1282, Series 2016 declared 22 May 2016 and each year after as Philippines-Australia Friendship Day!
Find out more about the commemoration of 70 years of formal bilateral relations here.
#First70Years on Social Media
Our social media community also joined the celebration through the official #First70Years campaign.
The anniversary celebration has received support online with messages from Australia and the Philippines flooding the Australian Ambassador’s Twitter account.
Hundreds of friends also adopted the #First70Years Twibbon to show their support to the anniversary celebration.
#First70Years helped unite Filipinos and Australians on social media in celebrating our deep links, our strong friendship, and our hopes for a prosperous future.
On the eve of the anniversary, Ambassador Gorely and National Historical Commission of the Philippines Executive Director Vic Badoy witnessed the commemorative light up of the SM Mall of Asia (MoA) Globe with the 70th Anniversary Philippines-Australia Friendship logo. The globe also projected images of partnership between the two countries.