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1835

German trading companies begin to trade in Manila

1849/1852

Hamburg and Bremen open trade missions in Manila

1867

At the instigation of the German Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, the Norddeutsche Bund opens a consulate in Manila

1886

Dr José Rizal, subsequent founder of the Philippines independence movement, studies in Heidelberg and publishes his political novel, „Noli me tangere“, in Berlin in 1887

1955 

The Republic of the Philippines and the Federal Republic of Germany enter into diplomatic relations

1957

A mission opened in the previous year becomes the German Embassy in Manila

1961

The Goethe-Institut (German Cultural Centre9 is opened in Manila

1963

The Federal President, Heinrich Lübke, visits the Philippines

1980

The German School (José-Rizal-Schule) is founded in Manila

1986

The Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hans-Dietrich-Genscher, is a guest of the new democratic government of the Philippines

1989 

President Corazon Aquino is the first Philippine  head of state to visit the Federal Republic

1993

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Roberto Romulo, travels to Bonn

1994

President Fidel Ramos visits Germany

1995

Federal Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, visits the Philippines

2000

The Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Joschka Fischer visits Manila

2002

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Blas Ople, visits Berlin

2005 

A cooperation agreement is concluded focussing on economic reform, health and the environment

The status quo

Since as far back as 1961, the Republic of the Philippines has been one of the developing countries with which the Federal Republic of Germany has had an especially close partnership. Today, behind Japan and the USA, Germany is the third largest donor country for the Philippines. And for German exporters the Philippines is a more attractive growth market than ever: from 2002 to 2005 export business grew by around 30%, with the emphasis on machinery, aircraft and pharmaceutical products.

German organisations in the Philippines (extract) 

GTZ German Technical Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit)
DED German Development Service
German School Manila (José Rizal School)
Goethe Institute, Manila
InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany
KfW – Development Bank