About us


Mabuhay and Welcome to the House of the Philippines!

The House of the Philippines is a place to learn about the history, culture and people of the Philippines. It is one of many cottages that make up the House of Pacific Relations located in Balboa Park, the cultural heart of San Diego. The mission of these Houses is to provide a cultural experience for the residents and visitors of San Diego.

Created in 1935, the House of Pacific Relations was originally constructed as part of the California-Pacific International Exposition in San Diego. The House of the Philippines came out of urgency from members of the Philippine American Community between 1959 and 1960 when the founding members started the process of applying with HPR. The whole point was to “to share the Filipino culture with the visitors from all over the world in the cultural center of San Diego,” said Juanita Santos, Past President & Founding Member.

In 1961, the House of the Philippines became part of the International Cottages in Balboa Park. Since then, the House of the Philippines has served as a place to learn about the history, culture, and people of the Philippines. It is one of the many cottages that make up the House of Pacific Relations located in Balboa Park, the cultural heart of San Diego.
The House of the Philippines is a non-profit organization operated by dedicated volunteers who donate their time and effort to continually improve the House as a means of sharing the Philippine culture with others. New members are always welcome. Monthly membership meetings are held at the House. To request information about membership and our meeting schedule, please send us an email at the bottom of this page.