The Philippines and Chile were both former Spanish colonies. Diplomatic relations between Chile and the Philippines began in 1854 when Chile opened a consulate in Binondo, Manila. But the formal relations established in July 4, 1946, the day when the Philippines officially gained its independence from the United States. Chile has an embassy in Manila and the Philippines has an embassy in Santiago.
In 2012, the Philippines and Chile were eyeing partnerships in mining and geothermal energy, President Sebastian Piñera shares stories about his country to President Benigno Aquino III during a bilateral meeting on Saturday in Russia, where the APEC summit is currently being held, President Piñera also mentioned to President Aquino that his country needs English teachers, a potential jobs that awaits Filipinos in Chile. In that year also, saying that there were 318 Spanish-trained basic education teachers in the Philippines, Philippine secretary of the Department of Education Armin Altamirano Luistro announced an agreement was in process with the Chilean government to train Filipino school teachers in Spanish. In exchange, the Philippines will help the Chileans with their English fluency.