According to some historical accounts, there were already Greek settlers in the country as early as the 18th century, most are sailors and traders, and fishermen.
During the early 20th century, a number of Greek sailors and immigrants came to the country and settled. One group came to the city of Legazpi on the island of Luzon who kept their Greek identities and have become distinguished public figures and intellectuals in the country.
Adamson University in Manila was founded by a Greek immigrant, George Lucas Adamson. He also founded the first Greek Orthodox church in the Philippines, two paper mills, and a shipping company.