Embassy of the United States in Manila
Pasuguan ng Estados Unidos sa Maynila
Embassy of the United States, Manila is located in Manila
Embassy of the United States, Manila
Location within Manila
LocationErmita, Manila
Address1201 Roxas Boulevard Manila 1000
Coordinates14°34′37″N 120°58′40″E / 14.57693°N 120.97770°E / 14.57693; 120.97770
AmbassadorMaryKay Carlson (Ambassador)

The Embassy of the United States of America in Manila is the diplomatic mission of the United States in the Philippines. It is situated at Roxas Boulevard in Ermita, Manila. The Embassy has been representing the United States Government since the Philippines was granted independence on July 4, 1946.

The Manila mission is one of the US Department of State's largest posts, employing close to 300 Americans and 1,000 Foreign Service national employees. The mission also hosts the only foreign office of the Department of Veterans Affairs, which caters to some 18,000 American and Filipino veterans and their widows in the Philippines [1](see also Filipino Veterans Fairness Act.)

Manila's Regional Printing Center provides printing and distribution services for overseas and domestic publications. Smaller branches exist in Vienna, Austria and Washington, D.C., but Manila is the flagship facility.


The chancery of the Embassy in Manila was first constructed to house the United States High Commission to the Philippines and was designed by the US Treasury Department, Procurement Division, Public Buildings Branch after considering and later rejecting a design by the notable Filipino architect Juan M. Arellano. The building is built on reclaimed land that was a gift from the Government of the Philippines and sits on more than 600 reinforced concrete piles that were sunk 60 feet into the site. The site was originally designed as a demesne along Manila Bay, which featured a revival-style mansion that took advantage of the seaside vista. It was insisted, though, that a federal-style building be built. The chancery was completed in 1940.[2]

The newly built chancery in 1940 when it was still known as the residence of the American High Commissioner

During World War II, after the Fall of Bataan, the property became the residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Army in the Philippines. When the Japanese-sponsored Puppet Republic was established in 1943, the building was repainted and refurbished and served as the Embassy of Japan to the Philippines. During its recapture by Allied forces and Philippine guerrillas, the building was seriously damaged but its ballroom, among other rooms, remained intact.

In October 1945, quonset huts were erected throughout the property and became known as The Courthouse, the center of the Japanese war crimes trial in the Philippines, with the ballroom serving as the courtroom and the upstairs rooms serving as holding cells.

On July 4, 1946, the Philippines was granted independence by the United States and the building became known as the United States Embassy in Manila.

As a testament to its battle-scarred history, its flagpole was never restored and still retains the bulletholes it sustained during the war. The chancery has also been designated as historic property by the National Historical Institute of the Philippines as well as being on the United States Secretary of State's register of culturally significant places.

Embassy sections

The Embassy exercises a number of functions in its representation the Government of the Philippines, including political, administrative, economic, public diplomacy, and consular affairs, that are managed under the Ambassador by counselors from the U.S. Department of State.

For bilateral development projects, the managing office is the United States Agency for International Development, while military affairs are managed by Defense Attaché and the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group in the Philippines. The Veterans Administration also has its only overseas office, and outpatient clinic, at the Embassy in Manila.[1]

There is also an American Consular Agent in Cebu as well as a virtual consulate in Davao City.


MaryKay Carlson is the current United States Ambassador to the Philippines. Prior to her appointment, senior diplomat Heather Variava had assumed the role of chargé d’affaires, succeeding John Law who ended his tour of duty in the Philippines in September 2021.[2][3]

See also


  1. ^ Alcazaren, Paulo (November 12, 2005), "Juan M de Guzman Arellano : Renaissance Man", The Philippine Star.
  3. ^ Ricciardone, C. (October 2002), "Post of the Month: Manila", State Magazine.
  1. ^ Jerry E. Esplanada (April 14, 2011). "US Embassy opens veterans' office, clinic". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Heather Variava". US Embassy in Manila website. https://ph.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/our-ambassador/ Archived September 17, 2021, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "US Embassy in Manila has new chargé d’affaires". September 17, 2021, Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1153836