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 diplomatic 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
Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely launched an enhanced humanitarian capacity of DSWD through the new Australian-funded warehouse at the DSWD National Relief Operations Center in Pasay City on 29 November 2016.
- Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) supports disaster planning conference
The Philippines is no stranger to natural disasters. On any given year, the country is hit by 20 typhoons that lead to loss of property and lives.
The University of Newcastle in Australia is now helping to develop disaster resilience capacity through a project linking leading regional higher education institutions – including the University of the Philippines – to proactively address disaster risk and build resilience through education.
The project is funded by the Australia-ASEAN Council.
The Australian Embassy, in partnership with SM, brings Cyrus to SM City Davao for a one-day concert on Friday, 25 November.
Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely said, “We are pleased to bring Filipino-Australian pop artist Cyrus for a one-day concert in Davao, as part of our #First70Years celebration.” The Australian Embassy in the Philippines and the Philippines Embassy in Australia have been hosting a series of events to mark the year-long celebration
“Davao has a special place in my heart. I have family there and visiting them is my favourite part of coming home,” shared Cyrus, whose father hails from Mindanao. “My dad has been my inspiration in pursuing music, and it’s great to perform for the very first time in Davao,” he said.
The year-long celebration of the 70th anniversary of Philippines-Australia diplomatic relations comes to a close with a cultural extravaganza.
As a capstone event this week, the Australian Embassy, in partnership with the Australia-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce hosted a 70th Anniversary Gala Dinner and in conjunction with ANZCHAM’s 35th anniversary. The gala dinner will feature the performance of Jeremy Donovan, Cyrus and a collaboration with the Manila Symphony Orchestra.
Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely said, “I am delighted to host high-level visitors from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and from the Australian-ASEAN Council (AAC) representing the cultural and business sectors in Australia. We are also joined by two artists from Australia – Jeremy Donovan and Cyrus Villanueva – to showcase the diversity of Australian culture and society.”
The Board of the Australia-ASEAN Council, led by its high-profile business woman Ms Christine Holgate (CEO, Blackmores) will make its first overseas visit to the Republic of the Philippines from 23-25 November 2016.
The Australia-ASEAN Council is a key advisory and funding body established in 2015 by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Julie Bishop MP to promote relations between Australia and the countries of South-East Asia.
The board consists of eight prominent Australians from business, academia, the arts and culture and media sectors.
The visit to the Philippines is the first occasion that the board has convened a meeting in an ASEAN member country.
Forty-eight Australia Awards scholarship awardees from the Philippines are set to take up postgraduate studies in Australia, host to six of the top 100 universities in the world according to the 2016-2017 World University Rankings.
Thirty high-achieving Filipinos are the first graduates of a joint industrial relations and human resource management course offered by De La Salle University (DLSU) and Australia’s University of Newcastle (UoN). The graduates were also recipients of prestigious Australia Awards, which provide opportunities for the best and brightest Filipinos to pursue a world class education in Australia.
Australian Embassy and CCP Host Exhibit and Book Launch for Indigenous Peoples’ Month
The Australian Embassy in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines is hosting an exhibit from 11-23 October 2016 to mark the Indigenous Peoples’ Month. The exhibit showcases a variety of photos from the book, “Re-Imagining Australia: Voices of Indigenous Australians of Filipino Descent” by Deborah Wall, PhD a Filipino-Australian journalist and researcher who specialized in Aboriginal studies and oral history. Read more here.
Joint Celebration 70 Years of Philippines – Australia Diplomatic Relations and ANZCHAM 35th Anniversary
Contact ANZCHAM here for tickets to the Gala Dinner on 24 November 2016.
Industry Briefing - Upcoming Procurements for Australia’s Aid Program in the Philippines
The Australian Embassy in the Philippines recently held a briefing to inform interested parties about upcoming Australian Aid Program procurements for the Philippines. More detailed information about each of these investments, including information sheets, concept notes, and design documents are available here.
22 May is Philippine-Australia Friendship Day
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 friendship here.