Welcome to the new website of the Embassy of Hungary in the Philippines.
We are pleased to inform you that the Embassy has restarted its operations in Manila on June 2, 2016 after a two-decade hiatus. We are looking to forward to welcome you in our new offices with a full range of diplomatic, consular and trade promotion services.
I am proud to welcome you among the readers of the Official Website of the Embassy of Hungary in the Philippines. Your kind interest encourages us to provide a constant stream of up to date and useful information about our activities.
The Philippines shares many core values with Hungary – our predominantly Christian culture and democratic institutions bring us naturally close, the diplomatic relations of the two countries date back to 1973. But it is also the growing economic clout and large market of the Philippines that put a huge emphasis on our trade and investment relations, a primary point of focus for the reopening Embassy.
This Embassy aims to follow the three-pillar approach of Hungarian foreign policy, emphasizing economic and cultural diplomacy besides the traditional political sphere of diplomatic relations. Our Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme provides full term higher education scholarships to 35 Filipino students each year, while Hungarian students are also encouraged to discover educational opportunities in the Philippines. It is our firm belief that through our efforts in educational and cultural cooperation, we will be able to bridge the large geographic distance between our two nations in people to people contacts.
We have created an Agreement on Economic Cooperation between the two countries, setting up a Joint Economic Commission in 2019 and institutionalizing the many forms of cooperation already flourishing. Universities, chambers of commerce, local governments, NGOs and national institutions all take part in creating new opportunities for cooperation in their fields, be it science, tourism or art.
Three honorary consulates have been established to build more bridges among the two countries. For Luzon, our Honorary Consulate in Angeles City, headed by Mr. Alfonso Yuchengco III, for the Visayas, our Honoray Consulate in Cebu, led by Mrs. Enrilen Joy Benedicto-Tan, and for Mindanao, our Honorary Consulate in Davao, led by Mrs. Mary Ann Montemayor are at the disposal our citizens.
The chancery and consulate of the Embassy of Hungary was officially opened by H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary on 28 March, 2017. Our diplomats, Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Dávid Ambrus, Consul Balázs Rátkai, Head of Commercial Section Mr. Gábor Lehőcz, Head of Administration Mr. Gergely Bobák, Secretariat Head Edit Rátkai and myself are endeavoring to rebuild the presence of Hungary in the Philippines – both literally and figuratively – through increasing awareness about our country, the mutually advantageous ways of cooperation and representing the values and interests Hungary.
While thanking you for your kind attention, allow me to ask for your feedback, advice or opinions as a means of contributing to the betterment of our services through this website.
Dr. József Bencze
News & Highlights
In compliance with the National Telecommunications Commission’s directive, the Embassy’s telephone numbers will change from 7 digits to 8 digits beginning from 6 October 2019. The Embassy’s new contact numbers are: Embassy: (+63) 2 8810 9186 Consulate: (+63) 2 8816 7383.Read More
Ambassador József Bencze officially opened the Davao edition of the 3rd Hungarian Film Festival in the Philippines on 19 June 2019 at SM Cinema Lanang Premier Davao with the screening of „Kincsem – Bet on Revenge”.Read More
New Procedure for Diplomatic Authentication - Entry into Force of the Apostille Convention for the Philippines
On May 14, 2019 the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) entered into force for the Philippines. From this day, the requirement to obtain diplomatic authentication of the document at the Hungarian Consulate is abolished and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines (DFA) will no longer issue Authentication Certificates („red ribbon”).Read More
Hungary and the Philippines convened the inaugural meeting of the Philippines-Hungary Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation (JCEC) on 2-3 April 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. The inaugural JCEC was led by H.E. Ceferino Rodolfo, Undersecretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy of the Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines, and H.E. István Joó, Deputy State Secretary for Export Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. The sides agreed to deepen cooperation in the areas of water management, farming, the food industry, food safety and ICT, said István Joó, deputy state secretary at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.Read More
Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó welcomes Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. in Budapest
“Tightening relations with Southeast Asia represents a major opportunity for the Hungarian economy and Hungarian enterprises”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in Budapest on Friday following a meeting with Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines Teodoro Locsin.Read More
Message from Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó on the occasion of the March 15th Celebrations
"Honouring the heroes of the Revolution and War of Independence of 1848-1849 we can see, they knew how to decide and how to act. In their hearts, their homeland was in the first place, they wanted to break the chains of the imperial oppression, fought for the country's freedom, independence, and they sacrificed their lives if it was necessary. Their heroic acts have transformed history, had a significant impact on what we think of ourselves and what others think of us."Read More