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.
It is in the context of its Opening towards the South policy that the Government of Hungary decided to reopen the Embassy of Hungary in Manila. The diplomatic relations of the two countries date back to 1973 and there have been significant developments in our relations, testified by a good number of bilateral documents in the fields of education, tourism, trade and investment among others. The Philippines established an Embassy in Budapest in 1989, while Hungary followed suit in 1991 by opening our first mission in Manila. That Embassy’s operation was suspended in 1995 and our Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia took over its duties.
The Philippines shares many core values with Hungary – our predominantly Christian culture and democratic institutions bring us naturally close. 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 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.
A great friend of Hungary, our honorary consul-general, Mr. Alfonso Yuchengco III. has been instrumental in assisting Hungarians in the Philippines since 1999. 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, Commerce attaché Mr. András Ruff, Head of Administration Mr. István Szigeti 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
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