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Mabuhay Straya is a virtual Cultural Gallery of the Philippine Embassy in Australia. We provide online resources curated by the Embassy for the Filipino and Australian community and anyone who is interested to learn more about the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines.

We invite you to explore this webpage for videos, photos and activities on Filipino cuisine, art, tourism, economy, language and many more.

Embassy website to launch Manilamen virtual exhibit

20 December 2023, CANBERRA – A virtual exhibition based on the book, “Re-imagining Australia: Voices of Indigenous Australians of Filipino descent,” by Filipino-Australian Dr. Deborah Ruiz-Wall will be launched at Mabuhay Straya of the official website of the Embassy of the Philippines in Canberra on 20 December 2023.

The “Beyond Borders: Voices of Indigenous Australians of Filipino Descent”, (https://cultural.philembassy.org.au/phinau/beyond-borders) curated by the National Museum of the Philippines, through Dr. Marrianne Ubalde from the Ethnology Division, is produced by the Embassy of the Philippines and the National Museum of the Philippines with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs. It features the stories of Manilamen as told and retold by their descendants, retracing the early connections of the Philippines and Australia.

Most of the first Filipinos who arrived in northern Australia in the 1870’s worked in the pearl-shell and maritime industry and were referred to as Manilamen. Some of them settled in Australia and married Indigenous Australians. Their descendants have shared their remarkable stories as Filipinos and Indigenous Australians. As the Embassy of the Philippines celebrates 2023 with the establishment of the Strategic Partnership of the Philippines and Australia, the Embassy offers an online exhibition that focuses on the early foundation of the people to people links of the two countries, our indigenous culture and shared maritime heritage.

Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega travelled to Broome, Western Australia in July during the National Aborigines’ and Islanders’ Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week and met the Manilamen descendants. “The book of Dr. Wall is an important resource to both Governments of Australia and the Philippines and the Embassy of the Philippines would like the stories of the Manilamen to be known and appreciated by the wider public. I hope that the virtual exhibition will generate more interest and encourage further study on the historic and cultural ties of the Philippines and Australia,” the Ambassador said.

The Embassy worked with Dr. Wall in developing the virtual exhibition and in gathering new materials. According to Dr. Wall, “The presence of over 400,000 Filipinos in Australia has a fascinating backstory. The story of Manilamen revealed social and economic contributions of Filipinos as Australia is being established as a nation. We continue to gather new material on the early presence of Filipinos in Australia.”

On 8 September 2023, the Philippines and Australia elevated its relations to a Strategic Partnership in recognition of the strength and dynamism of our long-standing bilateral ties and to mark a new chapter in our relations.

The virtual exhibition will be a permanent display in Mabuhay Straya.The Embassy conveys its profound appreciation to the families of Manilamen featured in the exhibition for their continued support and collaboration. -- END

Message of the Hon. Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister of Australia, on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the declaration of the independence of the Philippines.

Today’s Filipino Australian Women

The Embassy of the Philippines launched the e-book “Today’s Filipino Australian Women” at the Embassy’s Cultural Gallery during National Women’s Month 2022.

The book is built from the Embassy’s social media campaign since 2019 giving Filipino-Australian women a platform to share their stories in their own words. The Embassy is honored to play a part in telling their stories which empower and inspire us all to strive for more. We hope you will find inspiration from this book to articulate your own stories and to uplift women around you.

We hope you will find inspiration from this book to articulate your own stories and to uplift women around you.

This was developed in partnership with the Philippines’ Department of Tourism in Sydney to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Australia.

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