The Embassy of Philippines in Berlin
Address: Kurfürstendamm 194, 10707 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 (30) 86 49 500
Fax: +49 (30) 87 32 551
Amb. Melita Sta. Maria-Thomeczeck
Amb. Melita Sta. Maria-Thomeczeck has been the Philippian Ambassador in Berlin since March 2015. She has an MA in Public Administration from the School of Administrative Sciences in Germany, and an MA in Literacy Communication from the University of Syracuse in New York.
During her political and diplomatic career, she received several awards such as the Most Outstanding Chapter President Award and during her term, her chapter also received the “Most Outstanding Community Development Project Award in the Metro Region” for its “Adopt-A-Barangay” project in Paco, Manila and for its scholarship program for orphans of Asilo de San Vicente de Paul , Manila. She has also received the Gawad Mabini Award, rank of Dakilang Kasugo, a Presidential Award, in 1994, for her significant role in upgrading the personnel management and administration systems in the Department of Foreign Affairs. Finally, she received the Recognition Award for Outstanding Government Service in May 2009, given by the Philippine Heritage Foundation of Bergenfield, New Jersey.
Germany plays a prominent political role amongst the European partners of the Philippines. 2014 marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of mutual high-level political visits compared to previous years. The first visit by a Philippine head of state to Germany in 20 years, was made in 2014 by President Aquino, who met Federal Chancellor Merkel and Federal President Gauck.
Given the Philippines’ stable macroeconomic environment and high growth rates, there are clear signs of positive developments in economic relations between the two countries. In recent years, German companies making new investments in the IT-based service sector have outsourced internal business processes to the Philippines or opened their own call centres there. German companies in the maritime and transport sectors, too, see the Philippines as a future market. In the industrial manufacturing sector as well, more and more German investors are showing interest in the Philippines.
The cultural agreement reached between Germany and the Philippines in 1983 is the basis of a positive cooperation in the cultural sectors as well. Since summer 2008, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has funded a long-term lectureship in German at the University of the Philippines, whereas the activities of the Goethe Institute in Manila, which was established in 1961, focus on language work and programme work in film, music, architecture, and photography activities.