Countries with institutes that are members of the ASALE.
Established in Manila on 25 July 1924, the academy is still considered a state institution despite the removal of Spanish as an official language of the Philippines in 1987. Presidential Decree No. 155, signed on 15 March 1973, re-designated Spanish as official, while Section 7, Article XIV of the present 1987 Philippine Constitution specifies Spanish (along with Arabic) as a language to "be promoted on a voluntary and optional basis."
In December 2007, former PresidentGloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed a directive in Spain that would require teaching and learning the Spanish language in the Philippine school system starting in 2008.