Philippines-Pakistan relations were
officially established with the
opening of a Philippine Consulate in
Pakistan on 8 September 1949. In
August 1950, a Treaty of Friendship
between the Philippines and Pakistan
was conceived and drafted.
Subsequently, the Consulate was
raised to a Legation on 18 February
1954 with Vice Consul Marciano A.
Joven assuming the functions of
Charge d’ Affaires, a.i. In 1956,
the two countries elevated their
missions to Embassy level.
Significantly, Pakistan Prime
Minister Husseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy
made an official visit to the
Philippines the following year. This
was reciprocated by President
Diosdado Macapagal during his state
visit in July 1962.
The Philippine Embassy was based in
Karachi until 16 June 1968, when it
was transferred to Islamabad, the
new federal capital. Ambassadors
Manuel Alzzate, Jose Alejandrino,
and Romeo Busuego had successively
served as Chiefs of Mission in
Karachi, until Ambassador Juan C.
Dionisio took over on 2 July 1966.
Until 1967, the Philippine
Ambassador to Pakistan was
accredited to Afghanistan. However,
that year, by legislative action,
Afghanistan was placed under the
jurisdiction of the Philippine
Ambassador to India. At that time,
the Ambassador to Pakistan was
accredited as concurrent Ambassador
to Iran. On 19 August 1967,
Ambassador Dionisio, accompanied by
Third Secretary and Vice Consul
Delfin F. Gamboa, presented his
Letters of Credence to the
Shahinshah of Iran as Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to
that country. In 1995, the
Philippine Embassy re-took
jurisdiction of Afghanistan.
The Philippine Embassy was
instrumental in organizing the state
visit of President Fidel V. Ramos to
Pakistan in 1997, the second of such
visit in 35 years.
In May 2006, the jurisdiction of the
Philippine Embassy had been expanded
to include Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
In 2009, the Philippine Embassy led
by Ambassador Jaime J. Yambao
organized several activities,
including a visit by H.E. Dr.
Alberto G. Romulo, Secretary of
Foreign Affairs, to Islamabad in
April and a diplomatic reception in
October, to celebrate the 60th
anniversary of the establishment of
diplomatic relations between the
Philippines and Pakistan.
In January 2010, the Philippine
Embassy hosted a visiting delegation
from the Bishops-Ulama Conference (BUC).
The historic visit by the BUC was
highlighted by high-level meetings
with Pakistani government officials,
including Pakistani Prime Minister
Yousuf Raza Gilani, Foreign Minister
Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and Senate
Chairman Farook Naek.
The Philippine Chancery is located
at House 7-A, Kohsar Road, Sector
F-7/2, Islamabad Pakistan.