Note: Messages of sympathy for the family of the former President shall be accepted until 03 July 2021, 23:59 PM Philippine time.
24 June 2021 - The Department of Foreign Affairs joins the nation in mourning the passing of former President Benigno S. Aquino III.
During his term as the 15th President of the Philippine Republic, President Aquino elevated the country’s conduct of foreign relations, steered foreign policy towards a principled direction that earned international respect and esteem, and invigorated the foreign service with a collective sense of patriotism, commitment to service, and professionalism.
He has left a remarkable legacy on our country’s foreign policy and national history.
The Department offers its condolences to the former President’s family and friends, and joins the Filipino people in grieving the loss of a great man, leader and nationalist. END
The Philippine Embassy in the UK’s virtual celebration of the 123rd Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence on 11 June 2021 continues to be lauded for acknowledging and honouring the vital roles and the sacrifices of Filipino nurses and other health care workers and seafarers during the pandemic.
Among the numerous complimentary messages received by the Philippine Embassy in London are the following:
“Dear Ambassador Lagdameo, I congratulate you and all your team for your production of such a creative, stunning and memorable celebration. This online programme was a superb, highly professional mixture of serious reflection, deep emotion and beautiful choreography, making it the best National Day Celebration of any I can recall. All your messages were spot-on. The bow to the indispensable roles of the Philippine healthcare workers and seafarers was perfectly and sensitively delivered; the entertainment was richly representative of all the Philippine talent that gives such joy to those watching and listening and is contagious.” -- Former British Ambassador to the Philippines Paul Dimond
“On behalf of MT Phoenix Admiral Moltank Europe and all Filipino seafarers all over the world, we would like to thank the Philippine Embassy in the United Kingdom for the recognition of the sacrifices by our fellow seafarers despite the pandemic and making us part of this virtual celebration of the 123rd Anniversary of Philippine Independence. Happy Independence Day Philippines.” – Darwin Faj Balilla
“Congratulations to all the team! We were very impressed by the whole production. Happy Independence Day!” -- Brian McCrohan, ASEAN Desk Officer, Asia Pacific Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland
“Congratulations to Ambassador Lagdameo + team for a heartfelt celebration of 123rd Philippine Independence Day!!!” – Jose Orive, Executive Director, International Sugar Association
“It was very well-organised, putting together a joyful and informative programme. I enjoyed the whole event, and would like to offer my congratulations on your Independence Day, on behalf of CABI.” – Dr. Qiaoqiao Zhang, Director, Memberships, and Secretary to the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) Council
Travel Advisory | SRRV-Holders are No Longer Required to Present an Entry Exemption Document to Enter the Philippines
The Philippine Embassy informs the public of the following updates on existing travel restrictions to the Philippines:
- The issuance of all 9a single entry visas valid for three (3) months shall continue to require an entry exemption document from the Department.
Basis: IATF Resolution 119
All international flights bound for Mactan-Cebu International Airport shall be diverted to the Ninoy Aquino International Airpot in Manila effective 0001H 29 May 2021 until 2359H 5 June 2021.