The Philippine Government requires all foreign nationals to provide a certificate of ‘Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage’ from their respective embassies before filing for a marriage license in the Philippines. Filipino-Korean couples need to undergo an interview at the Korean embassy in order to get the certificate. Here is the list of requirements for the interview.
Effective July 1, 2015, the schedule for the application & interview is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only.
- 9:00 to 11:00 AM – application time
- 3:00 PM – interview time (same day)
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines
- Address : 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city 1634, Philippines
- Tel : (63-2) 856-9210
- Fax : (63-2) 856-9008
- E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com (Consular Section)
- Hours of Operation : Monday~Friday 08:30~17:00
- The Korean Embassy is located at the corner of Upper Mckinley Rd. and C5 Rd, right beside the British Embassy.
- From Guadalupe MRT Station or Market-Market, take the FTI-C5 jeepney. It will take 20 minutes from Guadalupe MRT Station and 7 minutes from Market-Market.
- From the Venice Piazza at Mckinley Hill, there is a free shuttle bus that will take you to Upper McKinely Rd. The ride will take about 10 minutes. The Embassy is within walking distance from the last Bust Stop at Mckinley Rd.
- When you take a cab/taxi, ask the driver to drop you off at the Korean Embassy at Mckinley Hill along C5 road, beside the British Embassy.
The requirements for the interview years ago were just a few – our passports, Korean marriage history and my NSO birth certificate. We were inside the interview room along with other Korean-Filipino couples. The officer gave instructions to the Koreans in Korean language and to the Filipinas in English. He asked one Filipina (in Tagalog) when and how she met her partner. She said they had been dating for more than a year. After listening to her (fabricated) story, the officer turned to her Korean partner and asked the same question. He answered that they just met the other day. I was really surprised and immediately glanced at the officer to check his reaction. He looked back at me and asked, “Do you understand Korean?” “네, 조금요” (Yes, a little bit), I answered. Then he continued asking other couples. I would love to talk about our love story (though I knew nobody’s interested haha!), but he didn’t ask me. He just asked Hubby how we got to meet each other and if he had already seen my family. Actually it was Hubby who asked a lot of questions to the officer about the programs offered by the multicultural centers in Korea. After the interview, Hubby and other Koreans got their certificates. The couple I mentioned were called for another interview. I wonder if they were able to get the certificate and if really got married. 🙂