Our history

The British Council is the United Kingdom's international cultural relations organisation founded in 1934. We have 191 offices in 110 countries and territories worldwide. We have been in the Philippines since 1978.


The British Council office in the Philippines was established in New Manila in Quezon City. 


British Council spearheads various events and programmes to introduce and promote UK culture and arts in the Philippines


The British Council office relocated to Taipan Place located in the Ortigas Centre, the central business district of Pasig City. The Information Centre was also officially opened to the public.


British Council conducted its first Education UK Fair in Manila to promote UK education in the Philippines. 


British Council started administering both graded and vocational examinations for the Royal Academy of Dance.


The British Council opened an English language school on the ground floor of Taipan Place in Pasig City.


The Knowledge Learning Centre was formally opened and replaced the English language school. To cater for a growing audience in Manila, the Knowledge Learning Centre was created in a new spacious office on the 10th Floor of Taipan Place.


The British Council office celebrated its 25th anniversary. In the same year, British Council became the representative of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in the Philippines. Since that year, we have been conducting both the Theory and Practical examinations for the Royal School of Music.


The Knowledge Learning Centre was rebranded to IELTS Resource Centre, which is a mini library of review materials for IELTS test preparations. 


The IELTS Resource Centre was opened in Cebu in partnership with SME Networks Phils Training Centre.