Explore the Philippines

11 June 2021

The celebration of the anniversary of Philippine Independence on June 12 every year has always been an opportunity for the Philippine Embassy to gather its friends and partners to give them the Filipino experience here in Pretoria. Unfortunately, the pandemic goes on and we are forced to socially distance from each other.

But true to the indomitable and resilient spirit of the Filipino, we, at the Embassy, firmly believe that we can still virtually celebrate this important milestone of Philippine nationhood.

We therefore invite everyone to look at the videos and articles featured on this page which celebrate our rich culture and heritage, as well as the inherent beauty of our country and our people.

As we look forward to a future that is finally free of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope to see you soon during better times.



How do you define Filipino culture? The National Commission for Culture and the Arts explains in this short video what makes Philippine culture unique, vibrant and thriving amidst the fast-changing world.



Backed up with a rich cultural history, Philippine cuisine is unique as it draws inspiration from several influences. Join three Filipino-American chefs as they embark on a culinary journey to rediscover their Filipino roots.



Philippine chocolate is gaining international recognition and has recently won numerous accolades. What’s the story behind this sweet success?



This short but inspiring video produced by the Department of Tourism shows how the country’s tourism sector remains strong and resilient amidst the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.



Let Intramuros cultural guide Ivan Man Dy virtually tour you to Fort Santiago, a national shrine and historic landmark in the Philippines which has stood witness to numerous events in the country’s colonial history, as well as the Filipino people’s journey to independence.



Learn more about the years spent by Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines, in Madrid which had significantly shaped his nationalist ideals. This virtual walking tour was jointly produced by the Philippine Embassy in Madrid and the National Commission on Culture and Arts of the Philippines.


Embassy of Philippines in South Africa