Filipinos in Indonesia

Filipinos in Indonesia were estimated to number 7,400[3] individuals as of 2022, according to the statistics of the Philippine government. Most are based in Jakarta, though there is also a community in Surabaya and other major cities in Indonesia.[2][4] This represented growth of nearly five times over the government's 1998 estimate of 1,046 individuals.[5]

Filipinos in Indonesia
Total population
7,400 (2022)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Jakarta Metropolitan Area, Medan, Bandung, Surabaya, Makassar, Bengkayang, Balikpapan
Filipino, Indonesian, Binisaya (Hiligaynon, Cebuano, etc.), Chavacano, Tausug, Spanish, English
Christianity, Islam[2]
Related ethnic groups
Austronesian peoples


Unlike many other overseas Filipino communities, Filipinos in Indonesia consist largely of skilled professionals, especially in the advertising industries and as teachers in international schools where their English skills are most needed.[6] 20% also work in finance, especially as accountants.[2]

Some Filipinos also work as fisherman on Indonesian waters. However, some have fished illegally and have faced a crackdown with the consequence of deportation by Indonesian authorities.[7]

Inter-ethnic relationsEdit

Filipinos in Indonesia generally maintain good interethnic relations with their Indonesian neighbours, with whom they feel culturally closer than Europeans or Americans; Indonesians stereotype Filipinos as being gregarious and cheerful.[6] However, there are fears that Filipinos in Indonesia may become the targets of kidnappings by local militant groups such as Jemaah Islamiyah in an attempt to secure the release of JI members imprisoned in Philippine jails.[8]


Filipinos in Indonesia have formed eight different community associations, including three sports teams, one teachers' association, and two Christian groups.[2] The annual Philippine Independence Day celebrations attract numerous participants.[4][6][9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Philippines, Indonesia affirm strong decades-long partnership". Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Filipinos in Indonesia", Backgrounder: Indonesia, Philippines: Office of the Press Secretary, 2001, archived from the original on April 15, 2008, retrieved 2008-10-07
  3. ^ "Philippines, Indonesia affirm strong decades-long partnership". Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Philippine Embassy, Jakarta successfully celebrates 109th anniversary of Declaration of Philippine Independence", Press release, Philippines: Department of Foreign Affairs, 2007-06-19, archived from the original on 2007-10-20
  5. ^ "Philippines: Migration in 1998", Asian Migration Atlas, Australia: Scalabrini Migration Center, 2000, archived from the original on 2008-07-26, retrieved 2008-10-07
  6. ^ a b c Supit, Harumi (2008-03-28), "Good Neighbors", The Jakarta Post, archived from the original on April 13, 2008, retrieved 2008-10-07
  7. ^ "52 Filipino fishermen arrested in Indonesia repatriated". CNN Philippines. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  8. ^ Jacinto, Al (2002-08-09), "Filipinos in Indonesia at risk of being abducted", Financial Times; Asia Africa Intelligence Wire, retrieved 2008-10-07
  9. ^ Endah Hulupi, Maria (2006-06-11), "Fiesta of Filipino food at the Shangri-La", The Jakarta Post, archived from the original on 2011-06-07, retrieved 2008-10-07

External linksEdit

  • Dahil Sa'Yo, a publication aimed at Filipinos in Indonesia