Overview of Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations

Both countries established diplomatic relations on 14 April 1953. The Philippines set up its legation in Mexico City in 1953, with CDA, a.i., Mariano Espeleta as head.  The Mexican Embassy opened in Manila in the same year, headed by CDA, a.i. Carlos Gutierrez Matias. 

Exchange of High-Level Visits

In terms of exchange of visits between Heads of States of the two countries, 4 (four) Philippine Presidents have visited Mexico in various capacities -  President-elect Diosdado Macapagal (1961), President Ferdinand E. Marcos to attend the North-South Summit in Cancun (1981), President Fidel V. Ramos on a State Visit (1997), and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to attend International Conference of Christian Democratic Parties on 21 Nov 2001 and to participate in the 10th APEC Leaders Meeting in La Paz, Baja California in October 2002.

On the Mexican side, President Adolfo Lopez Mateos went to the Philippines in 1962, President Jose Lopez Portillo in 1978, President Ernesto Zedillo in 1996, and President Enrique Peña Nieto was in Manila in 2015 for the APEC Summit. 

Filipinos in Mexico

In 2017, there were an estimated 644 Filipinos in Mexico.  The majority of them are working as professionals: engineers, accountants, human resource staff, IT specialists, middle management and staff at various Mexican companies.