Embassy of the Philippines, Washington, D.C.
|Embassy of the Philippines, Washington, D.C.
Pasuguan ng Pilipinas sa Washington, D.C.
|Address||1600 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.|
|Ambassador||Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.|
The Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, D.C. is the diplomatic mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States. It is located at 1600 Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C. It predates the independence of the Philippines, and is the oldest Philippine legation overseas, though the distinction of the first Philippine embassy proper overseas, belongs to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo.
The original Philippine Embassy building, a house built in 1917 for Daniel C. Stapleton on a design by local architect Clarke Waggaman, was purchased by the Office of the Resident Commissioner of the Philippines during the period of service of Joaquin Elizalde. During World War II, from May 1942 onwards, it became the headquarters of the government-in-exile of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and temporary capital of the Philippines until the Commonwealth government returned to the Philippines in October, 1944.
On July 4, 1946, the embassy was formally established. A residence for the Philippine Ambassador was purchased in the 1950s, the original plan of President Quezon to turn the temporary official residence of the President of the Philippines located at the Shoreham Hotel having been abandoned by President Osmeña.
In 1991, construction of a new Chancery Building began on a trapezoidal island on Massachusetts Avenue, bordered by 17th Street, N Street, Bataan street, and Massachusetts Avenue, across from the old building. Completed in 1993, the present-day building is a four-story of beaux-arts design with a smooth-finish precast, blending nicely with the traditional limestone structures of Embassy Row.
The old building, meanwhile, was converted into the embassy's Consular section in the late 2000s.
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