The Philippines and Brunei

Philippines and Brunei
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The Philippines and Brunei

The Republic of the Philippines and Negara Brunei Darussalam celebrated 39 years of formal diplomatic relations on January 1! The Philippines and Negara Brunei Darussalam established diplomatic relations on January 1, 1984.

Common Ground

Established in 1987, Jollibee Brunei was the first overseas chain of Jollibee Foods Corporation. Jollibee Chicken Joy was recognized as the “Best Fried Chicken in Brunei” at the 2020 Brunei Food Awards.

The Philippines and Brunei have a rich shared history dating back 1500s. Antonio Pigafetta, the chronicler of the Magellan-Elcano expedition, documented that the Prince of Luzon who was also a grandson of the then Sultan of Brunei was a fearsome admiral of the Brunei armada.

There are 21,254 Filipinos in Brunei.

The distance between Brunei and the Philippines is 1,251 kilometers. There are 3 Airlines that fly between the Philippines and Brunei.

The total trade between the two countries is US$ 577.62 million.

Brunei’s total export to the Philippines is US$ 476.79 million (2022).

Philippine Presidents who visited Brunei:

  • Ferdinand E. Marcos: 1984
  • Corazon C. Aquino: 1988
  • Fidel V. Ramos: 1994
  • Gloria Macapagal Arroyo: 2001,2003,2004
  • Benigno S. Aquino III: 2011, 20122013
  • Rodrigo R. Duterte: 2016,2017

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