The Honorary Consulate of Hungary in Cebu has opened its doors providing a live local connection between Hungary and the Visayas region of the Philippines. The Embassy of Hungary in the Philippines was reopened in March 2017, bridging a gap of more than 21 years since the closing of the Embassy back in 1995. The Embassy and the Honorary Consulate of Hungary in Cebu marked the opening of the Consulate and the appointment of the new Honorary Consul, Ms. Enrilen Joy Benedicto-Tan with a reception last May 16.
EMBASSY OF HUNGARY IN MANILA
Hungary is a Central European country founded in the year 1000, defined by its long history, distinct language and unique culture of art, music and innovation. After a long history of sporadic contacts, a Hungarian Embassy was established between 1991-1995 in Manila and reopened in 2017 after a 21 year hiatus. During this absence of a resident diplomatic mission, the Embassy of Hungary in Jakarta, Indonesia was accredited to the Philippines, and Honorary Consul-General of Hungary, Mr. Alfonso S. Yuchengco III looked after the interests of Hungary and its citizens in Manila.
THE PHILIPPINES-HUNGARY JOINT ECONOMIC COMMISSION
H.E. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary visited the Philippines in March 2017 to reopen the Embassy. The visit highlighted the growing importance of the Philippines and its potential for Hungary as a reliable partner in trade and investment, research and education, cultural and people to people exchanges. Minister Szijjártó signed several cooperation agreements, including an Agreement on Economic Cooperation establishing the Philippines-Hungary Joint Economic Commission. Secretary of Agriculture Emmanuel Pinol and Secretary of Trade and Industry Ramon Lopez have both visited Hungary since the reopening of the Embassy, proving that our bilateral relations are in continuous expansion.
THE HONORARY CONSULATE OF HUNGARY IN CEBU
The Embassy of Hungary in the Philippines is lead by H.E. Ambassador Dr. József Bencze, who previously served as Ambassador of Hungary to Skopje, Macedonia between 2011-2016 and was Hungary’s National Chief of Police between 2007-2010. Ambassador Bencze presented his credentials to President Rodrigo Duterte on 6 December 2016.
Ms. Enrilen Joy Benedicto-Tan will lead the Honorary Consulate in Cebu. Well known in local circles, the Cebuana businesswomen holds several managing director positions in real estate, construction, furniture and agricultural firms and eagerly participates in the bustling business and tourism activities of Cebu. The daughter of Consul ad honorem of Belgium Enrique L. Benedicto and niece of Ambassador Francisco L. Benedicto, Enrilen Joy Benedicto-Tan carries on a long and distinguished family tradition of diplomatic and consular service.