Filipinos in India

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Filipinos in India
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Chennai · Kochi · New Delhi · Mumbai
English · Tagalog · Cebuano · Tamil · Malayalam · Hindi
Roman Catholicism · Hinduism · Islam
Related ethnic groups
Overseas Filipino

Filipinos living in India consists of migrants from the Philippines to India. As of March 2013, there are about 3,500 Filipinos living in the country.[1]


Most Filipinos in India work in companies in the information technology industry. They would be managers, trainees on a limited schedule, or connected in key and sensitive positions. There are also others working in other industries such as engineering, hospitality as well as foreign or diplomatic relations.[2]

There are smaller numbers of Filipinos also working as musicians, bands and singers working in the best nightspots in India as well as teachers in specific schools.[3]


Many of them live in cities such as Chennai, New Delhi, Kochi and Mumbai. There are about 70 Filipinos living in Chennai, and they come together for early Christmas celebrations every year in Nandambakkam, where they celebrate in the traditional Filipino way.[4][5] There is also a Filipino film festival in Chennai. The 10-day film festival is being jointly organised by the Madras Film Society, Embassy of the Philippines in New Delhi, and the International Cine-Appreciation Foundation (ICAF).[6]

Mumbai is home to about 90 Filipino residents and most of them are married to Indian nationals. Many Filipinos who met their Malayali spouses while working in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf have settled in the state of Kerala.[7]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Romancing the Filipino", The Hindu, 28 March 2013
  2. ^ "Filipino tourist injured in Mumbai hotel attack", GMA News online, 27 November 2008
  3. ^ "How Pinoys have become Gurus in India". Rappler. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "‘Chennai’s a very safe place’", The Hindu, 24 October 2009
  5. ^ "Carols by candlelight", The Hindu, 15 December 2007
  6. ^ "Filipino film festival opens in city", The Hindu, 19 February 2008
  7. ^ "Help from homeland for Filipinos", The Hindu