Notary and legal services

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Closure: Due to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, in-person Notary services will be suspended until further notice. Our mail-in service for selected notary services will continue. Usual mail-in service standard may not apply. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Notary services

Notary services such as administering oaths and affirmations, authenticating signatures on certain documents, certifying true copies of certain documents and witnessing of signatures are provided to Canadian citizens in the Philippines by the Consular section for a fee.

The notary service does not certify the genuineness, legality or credibility of the documents or their contents and a stamp stating this will be affixed to your document(s).

The Embassy of Canada in Manila provides limited notary services via courier/mail service at this time.

Fees apply for each certified true copy and authentication of a document.

Notary service requests must include the following:

  • relevant original documents, if requesting for authentication or a certified true copy
  • a completed Request for Notary Service form
  • a certified copy of your proof of Canadian citizenship
  • a certified copy of a valid government-issued photo ID
  • the completed credit card authorization form indicating the relevant Consular Fee for Specialized Service.

The Notary Service request package should be sent to the Consular Section, Embassy of Canada Manila via courier. The documents will be returned to you via courier-collect, if your mailing address is within the courier service coverage area in the Philippines. Otherwise, your documents will be returned to you via regular mail. 

If you do not receive your documents back after 25 business days, you can check on the status of your request by contacting the Consular Section via email.

Affidavit, Statutory Declaration and witnessing signatures

Notice: Due to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, routine requests for witnessing signatures on documents will be suspended until further notice. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Certified true copy of a document 

A true copy is a certified copy of an original document which, when properly marked as such, may be accepted by institutions (banks, governments, courts of law) as being of equal value as the original.

Consular officers can certify a true copy if:

  • the original document is presented
  • the document is in English or French or accompanied by an official translation in English or French  
  • the client is a Canadian citizen or the document is intended for use in Canada
  • the copy of the document is made at the Embassy by a consular officer

Consular officers will not certify a true copy if:

  • the document is a religious document (certificate of baptism, funeral, confirmation, etc.)
  • the originating document is printed off of a website
  • the content is such that it is expected to mislead as to purpose, or may be used for fraudulent purposes

Authentication of signatures

Authentication is a certification of the genuineness of the signature and seal or the position of an official who has the authority to execute, issue, or certify a document so that a document executed, issued or certified in one jurisdiction may be recognized in another jurisdiction.

Documents must be in English or French, or accompanied by an official translation in English or French.

Consular officers may authenticate the following signatures:

  • the original seal and signature of approved officials of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
  • the original seal and signature of approved Government of Canada officials within the Authentication and Service of Documents section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade or Canadian missions abroad
  • original seal and signature of qualified local Canadian notaries approved by the Government of Canada
  • original seal and signature of Vital Statistics registrars general of Canadian provinces and territories on an original long form birth, death and marriage certificates

Note: We do not authenticate plastic, wallet-sized versions of these certificates

Consular officers will not authenticate signatures if:

  • the document’s content is misleading or we believe that a document is to be used for a fraudulent purpose
  • it is a religious document

Legal Services

Legal information

The Embassy of Canada in the Philippines cannot intervene in private legal matters or provide legal advice. Should you require legal representation in the Philippines, you may refer to the following list of law firms.

List of law firms

This list is provided for the information of Canadian travelers and those requiring legal services in the Philippines. Neither the Embassy nor the Government of Canada takes any responsibility for the competence or probity of any firm or advocate on the list or for the consequences of legal action initiated or advice given. Names are listed alphabetically and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers. You may receive additional information about the individuals by contacting the local bar association (or its equivalent) or the local licensing authorities.

Metro Manila 

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW)
22nd Floor, ACCRALAW Tower, 2nd Avenue corner 30th Street,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 1635
Tel: (+632) 8830-8161
Fax: (+632) 8403-7007 / (+632) 8403-7009
E-mail: pdcom@accralaw.com; ctordonez@accralaw.com
Website: www.accralaw.com     

Atty. Emerico O. De Guzman – Managing Partner
Atty. Regina Padilla Geraldez – Co-Managing Partner 
Practice Areas: Administrative Law, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Appellate Practice, Banking Law, Business Law, Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Corporate Rehabilitation, Business Process Outsourcing, Capital Markets and Securities, Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Construction Law, Contracts, Corporate Registration and Secretarial Work, Criminal Law, Cross Border Litigation/ Arbitration, Data Privacy Law, Election Law, Eminent Domain, Employee Benefits, Employment and Labor Relations, Entertainment Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Government & Legislative Advocacy , Government Contracts, Public Private Partnership Arrangements and Privatization Projects, Insurance, International Law, Internet Law, Investment Law, Litigation and Arbitration, Mining & Natural Resources, Products Liability, Real Estate, Taxation, Torts, Trusts & Estates, White Collar Crime, Wills & Probate

Atty. Eric Joseph Tuano
Tel: (+632) 8511-3427 / (+63) 921-2089348
E-mail: tuano_law@yahoo.ca
Services: Free summary legal advice for Canadian citizens on Philippine Laws, specifically criminal, family, and civil law. By appointment: every Fridays from 5:00 to 6:00 PM.

Atty. Jeanie S. Pulido
Unit G-07 Antel Seaview Tower A,
2626 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City 1300
Tel: (+632) 8551-7673 / (+632) 8881-0150 / (+63) 917-7947849
E-mail: jsplaw@gmail.com / jsplaw@philonline.com
Website: www.philippinelegalservices.com.ph
Practice Areas: Personal and Family Law, Estate and Probate, Philippine Immigration and Visa Services, Real Estate Transactions, Assistance in Authentication of Philippine Documents (Civil Registry Documents and Police Clearance), Service of Summons to Philippine residents

Deguzman Celis & Dionisio Law Offices
Suite C, 15th Floor, Strata 2000 Bldg., F. Ortigas, Jr. Road,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1605
Tel: (+632) 8631-8621 to 25
Fax: (+632) 8631-7685
E-mail: lawoffices@deguzmancelisdionisio.com
Website: www.deguzmancelisdionisio.com
Atty. Amalia E. Dionisio
Atty. Marjorie F. Monces
Practice Areas: Corporate Law, Taxation, Litigation, Trademark, Real Estate Transaction

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell
5th & 6th Flrs., ALPAP I Building  140 L.P. Leviste Street,
Salcedo Village, Makati City 1227
Tel: (+632) 8818-2321 to 25
Fax: (+632) 8810-3153 / (+632) 8750-2606
E-mail: law@ocbocc.com
Website: www.ocbocc.com 
Atty, Gregorio F. Ortega
Atty. Benjamin T. Bacorro
Atty. Elizer A. Odulio
Atty. Renato G. Calma 
Practice Areas: Immigration Law, Corporate and Taxation Law, Admiralty Law, Persons and Family Relations, Intellectual Property matters

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro Leano Law Office
6th & 7th Floors Tuscan Building 114 V.A. Rufino Street,
Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229
Tel: (+632) 8867-4696
Fax: (+632) 8867-1304
E-mail: counsel@platonmartinez.com
Atty. Rachelle Aileen S. Santos - Partner 
Practice Areas: Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Special Projects, Taxation, Immigration, Intellectual Property Law, Environmental Law, Labor & Employment Law, Aviation, Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Arbitration and Energy

Quasha Ancheta Pena & Nolasco
114 Amorsolo Street,
Makati City
Tel: (+632) 8892-3011 / (+632) 8892-5736
Fax: (+632) 8817-6423 / (+632) 8893-1356
E-mail: quasha@quasha-interlaw.com
Website: www.quasha-interlaw.com
Atty. Nilo B. Pena
Atty. Delfin A. Manuel, Jr.
Atty. Joel Raymond R. Ayson
Practice Areas: Corporate, Taxation, Commercial transactions, Investment, Insurance, Banking and financial services, Family law, Contracts, Intellectual property, Labor and employment, Immigration, Natural resources, Litigation and Appellate

Quisumbing Torres
15/F Net One Center, 26th Street Corner 3rd Avenue
Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 1634
Tel: (+632) 8819-4700
Fax: (+632) 8816-0080 / (+632) 8728-7777
E-mail: QTinfodesk@quisumbingtorres.com
Atty. Ramon Quisumbing – Managing Partner 
Practice Areas: Banking & finance, Mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures, Capital markets, Dispute resolution (Arbitration, Mediation, Litigation), Employment, Immigration, Intellectual property and Tax. Specialist advice for priority industries: Energy, Mining, Infrastructure, Healthcare, Financial institutions, Consumer goods & retail, Industrial, Manufacturing & transportation, Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
SyCipLaw Center, 105 Paseo de Roxas,
Makati City 1226
Tel: (+632) 8982-3500 / (+632) 8982-3600 / (+632) 8982-3700
Fax: (+632) 8817-3896 / (+632) 8818-7562
E-mail: sshg@syciplaw.com
Website: www.syciplaw.com
Atty. Hector M. De Leon, Jr. - Managing Partner
Atty. Marievic G. Ramos-Añonuevo - Head of Banking, Finance & Securities
Atty. Simeon Ken R. Ferrer - Head of Corporate Services
Atty. Luisito V. Liban - Head of Employment and Immigration
Atty. Enrique T. Manuel - Head of Intellectual Property
Atty. Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko - Head of Litigation
Atty. Rocky Alejandro L. Reyes - Head of Special Projects
Atty. Rolando V. Medalla, Jr. - Head of Tax  
Practice Areas: Advertising, Media & Entertainment, Aviation & Maritime Law, Banking, Finance & Securities, Construction & Infrastructure, Corporate Services, E-commerce & Technology, Employment, Labor Relations & Immigration, Energy, Environmental Law, Family Law, Food & Drug, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Franchising & Distribution, Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation & Arbitration, Mining & Natural Resources, Privatization, Real Estate, Tax, Telecommunications, Trade Law & Customs Regulation

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)
V&A Law Center, 11th Avenue corner 39th Street
Bonifacio Triangle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 1634
Tel: (+632) 8988-6088
Fax: (+632) 8988-6000
E-mail: info@thefirmva.com
Website: www.thefirmva.com
Atty. Thea Daep – Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Atty. Franchette Acosta – Corporate & Commercial Law
Atty. Bienvenido Somera, Jr. – Intellectual Property
Atty. Leonardo Singson – Immigration
Practice Areas: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate & Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, Labor, Mining & Natural Resources, Power & Energy, Taxation, Telecommunications and Information Communication Technology

Zobella & Co. (AQ Ancheta and Partners)
Suites 1008-1010 Paragon Plaza
162 Edsa cor. Reliance St., Mandaluyong City 1554
Tel: (+632) 8687-7871 to 73
Fax: (+632) 8687-2557 / (+632) 8687-2264
E-mail: zobella@zobella.com.ph
Website: www.zobella.com.ph
Atty. Alonzo Q. Ancheta – Senior Partner and President
Practice Areas: Corporate and Commercial Matters, Civil Litigation and Family Law, Labor and Employment, Taxation Advisory and Litigation, Immigration

Clark / Subic 

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Rooms 134-136, Alpha Building (888), Subic International Hotel,
Central Business District, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City 2222
Tel: (+6347) 252-3983 / (+6347) 252-3985
Fax: (+6347) 252-3986
E-mail: sshgsubic@syciplaw.com
Website: www.syciplaw.com 
Atty. Russel L. Rodriguez 
Practice Areas: Advertising, Media & Entertainment, Aviation & Maritime Law, Banking, Finance & Securities, Construction & Infrastructure, Corporate Services, E-commerce & Technology, Employment, Labor Relations & Immigration, Energy, Environmental Law, Family Law, Food & Drug, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Franchising & Distribution, Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation & Arbitration, Mining & Natural Resources, Privatization, Real Estate, Tax, Telecommunications, Trade Law & Customs Regulation

Cebu 

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW)
6/F Cebu Holdings Center Building
Cebu Business Park (Ayala), Cebu City 6000
Tel: (+6332) 231-4223 / (+6332) 231-1449/ (+6332) 231-4266 / (+6332) 231-1032  
Fax: (+6332) 231-3614
E-mail: accralawcebu@accralaw.com.ph
Website: www.accralaw.com
Practice Areas
: Administrative Law, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Appellate Practice, Banking Law, Business Law, Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Corporate Rehabilitation, Business Process Outsourcing, Capital Markets and Securities, Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Construction Law, Contracts, Corporate Registration and Secretarial Work, Criminal Law, Cross Border Litigation/ Arbitration, Data Privacy Law, Election Law, Eminent Domain, Employee Benefits, Employment and Labor Relations, Entertainment Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Government & Legislative Advocacy , Government Contracts, Public Private Partnership Arrangements and Privatization Projects, Insurance, International Law, Internet Law, Investment Law, Litigation and Arbitration, Mining & Natural Resources, Products Liability, Real Estate, Taxation, Torts, Trusts & Estates, White Collar Crime, Wills & Probate

Misal Martin Law Offices
Room 4, 2nd Floor, Coast Pacific Downtown Center,
Sanciangko Street, Cebu City 6000
Tel: (+6332) 505-8608 / (+6332) 512-0307
Fax : (+6332) 505-8608
E-mail: misalmartinlaw@gmail.com
Website: www.misalmartinlaw.simplesite.com/
Atty. Mundlyn G. Misal-Martin – Managing Counsel 
Practice Areas: Philippine Civil Law and Civil Rights, Family Law, Business and Industry, Criminal Law, Political and Constitutional Laws, Labor Laws, Loan Negotiations and Corporate Documentation, Commercial Law, Real Estate, Immigration Law and Litigation

SyCip, Salazar, Hernandez & Gatmaitan
406 Keppel Center, Cardinal Rosales Ave. cor. Samar Loop,
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000
Tel: (+6332) 233-1211 up to 13 or (+6332) 233-1950
Fax: (+6332) 233-1682
E-mail: sycipceb@syciplaw.com
Websitewww.syciplaw.com
Atty. Alan C. Fontanosa
Atty. Thaddeus R. Alvizo
Practice Areas: Advertising, Media & Entertainment, Aviation & Maritime Law, Banking, Finance & Securities, Construction & Infrastructure, Corporate Services, E-commerce & Technology, Employment, Labor Relations & Immigration, Energy, Environmental Law, Family Law, Food & Drug, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Franchising & Distribution, Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation & Arbitration, Mining & Natural Resources, Privatization, Real Estate, Tax, Telecommunications, Trade Law & Customs Regulation

Davao 

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW)
11/F Pryce Tower, Pryce Business Park
J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City 8000
Tel: (+6382) 224-0996 / (+6382) 224-0997 / (+6382) 224-0998 / (+6382) 224-0984
Fax: (+6382) 224-0983
E-mail: accradavao@accralaw.com.ph
Website: www.accralaw.com
Practice Areas:  Administrative Law, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Appellate Practice, Banking Law, Business Law, Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Corporate Rehabilitation, Business Process Outsourcing, Capital Markets and Securities, Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Construction Law, Contracts, Corporate Registration and Secretarial Work, Criminal Law, Cross Border Litigation/ Arbitration, Data Privacy Law, Election Law, Eminent Domain, Employee Benefits, Employment and Labor Relations, Entertainment Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Government & Legislative Advocacy , Government Contracts, Public Private Partnership Arrangements and Privatization Projects, Insurance, International Law, Internet Law, Investment Law, Litigation and Arbitration, Mining & Natural Resources, Products Liability, Real Estate, Taxation, Torts, Trusts & Estates, White Collar Crime, Wills & Probate

SyCip, Salazar, Hernandez & Gatmaitan
The Penthouse, 17th Landco Corporate Center
J.P. Laurel Avenue Bajada, Davao City 8000
Tel: (+6382) 221-3917 / (+6382) 224-2742
Fax: (+6382) 223-1682
E-mail: sshgdavao@syciplaw.com
Website: www.syciplaw.com 
Atty. Dominador Maphilindo O. Carillo 
Practice Areas: Advertising, Media & Entertainment, Aviation & Maritime Law, Banking, Finance & Securities, Construction & Infrastructure, Corporate Services, E-commerce & Technology, Employment, Labor Relations & Immigration, Energy, Environmental Law, Family Law, Food & Drug, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Franchising & Distribution, Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation & Arbitration, Mining & Natural Resources, Privatization, Real Estate, Tax, Telecommunications, Trade Law & Customs Regulation

Ventosa Law Firm
Fairlanes Complex, Pryce Road corner F. Torres Street,
Bajada, Davao City 8000
Tel: (+6382) 224-5720 / (+63922) 836-8672
Fax: (+6382) 224-5720
E-mail: blue@davaolawyer.com / atty_blue@yahoo.com
Website: http://davaolawyer.com/
Atty. Jose Vicente C. Ventosa III
Practice Areas: Family Law, Civil Law, Corporation Law, Criminal Law (for accused)

Iloilo 

Treñas, Treñas & Rubias Law Offices
2/F Golden Commercial Center
Iznart Street, Iloilo City 5000
Tel: (+6333) 337-3021 / 337-9964 / 335-1055
Fax: (+6333) 335-1075
E-mail: ltrenasrubias@yahoo.com
Atty. Gregorio Rubias
Atty. Aloysius Dela Cruz II
Atty. Lina Layson
Atty. Esther Lee-Trimañes
Practice Areas: General practice, civil, commercial, corporate, labor, collection, trade disputes, criminal cases, estates, notary public.

Translation of documents

The Consular Section does not offer translation services. If your require translation services, you may engage the services of a professional translator. You may refer to the following: List of Translation Service Providers.

List of translation service providers

Although our offices are not in a position to recommend that you use the services of one particular firm or to guarantee the quality of the services provided, we are pleased to provide you with the list of qualified contacts who offer the following services.