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A country that advocates "the separation of church and state" should never support any religion financially.
Why is the Philippines financially supporting Islam with a yearly governmental budget?

Republic of the Philippines needs Universal Stewardship.

The Philippines violates the Separation of Church and State in its 1987 Constitution. The Constitution of the Philippines declares: The separation of Church and State shall be inviolable. (Article II, Section 6), and, No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights. (Article III, Section 5).

List of Provinces and Cities in each of the 18 Regions of the Philippines.
National
Capital Region
I
Ilocos
II
Cagayan
III
C. Luzon
IV-A
Calabarzon
IV-B
Mimaropa
V
Bicol
VI
W. Visayas

VII
C. Visayas

VIII
E. Visayas
IX
Zamboanga
X
N. Mindanao
XI
Davao
XII
Soccsksargen
XIII
Caraga
XIV
CAR
XV
ARMM
XVIII
NIR

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Philippines News: Saturday, October 21, 2017 -- 6.5-7.5% export growth targeted : Exports of goods and services could grow by 6.5 to 7.5 percent this year, a Trade department official said on Friday, with revenues expected to hit $79.7 billion to as much as $80.4 billion .... More
Zamboanga City News : Saturday, October 21, 2017 -- 20 Zamboanga villages get new vehicles : TWENTY of the 61 villages in this city’s second district has received each brand new L300 vehicles from the city government. Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the distribution of the vehicles is in .... Full Story»
Zamboanga del Sur News: Saturday, October 21, 2017 -- 2 missing as ships sink off Zamboanga del Sur, Basilan : ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Two fishing boats sank separately with two crew members missing and two others stranded in Zamboanga del Sur and Basilan, authorities said Saturday. The Coast .... Full Story»
Zamboanga del Norte News: Saturday, October 21, 2017 -- 1 missing, 5 rescued as fishing boat sinks in Zambo : A fisherman was missing while five others survived when their fishing boat sank the other night in the seawater of Zamboanga del Norte. The missing person was identified as Jojo Pagat, 39, .... Full Story»
Quezon City News : Saturday, October 21, 2017 -- QC assures full support for Grand Central Station Project :The Quezon City government has moved to provide proponents of the Grand Central or Common Station Project all the support necessary to ensure the orderly construction of .... Full Story»
Palawan News: Friday, October 20, 2017 -- Army holds more peace fora in south Palawan towns : PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- The 18th Special Forces Company (SFC) of the Philippine Army (PA) on Wednesday again led a security forum in southern Palawan to further strengthen the military’s .... Full Story»
Pangasinan News: Saturday, October 21, 2017 -- Hundred Islands National Park hits record high tourist arrivals in 2017 : MANILA, Philippines — The holiday season signals a doubling in the number of tourist arrivals at the Hundred Islands National Park in Pangasinan. The Alaminos City Tourism .... Full Story»
Negros Occidental News: Saturday, October 21, 2017 -- Property developer confident of investment growth in NegOcc : BACOLOD CITY -- Property developer Suntrust Properties Inc. (SPI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Megaworld Corp., has expressed confidence that its investments will grow amid .... Full Story»
Makati News : Friday, October 20, 2017 -- TravCorp launches upscale ‘Escorted Journeys’ in PH : MANILA -- Launching its 2018 Luxury Escorted Journeys, The Travel Corporation (TravCorp) on Friday said the latest upscale product of their brand collaboration expects higher feedback rate from .... Full Story»
Iloilo City News: Friday, October 20, 2017 -- Crablets, tilapia fingerlings dispersed at Iloilo River : ILOILO CITY -- Some 4,000 mud crab juveniles and 10,000 saline-resistant tilapia fingerlings were dispersed at the Iloilo River on Friday. The activity was part of the stock enhancement program of .... Full Story»
Davao City News: Saturday, October 21, 2017 -- Survey: Davao Airport among Asia's best : THE Francisco Bangoy International Airport (FBIA) is among the top 25 Asian airports for 2017 as per survey conducted by SleepinginAirport.net, a Canadian private website known to be an online airport guide for .... Full Story»
Cebu City News : Saturday, October 21, 2017 -- Guadalupe seniors get P2K cash aid from city : Former fish vendor Emerencia Bardago was all smiles as she walked into the Barangay Guadalupe Sports Complex in anticipation of the senior citizens’ cash aid that she and 4,588 beneficiaries were about to .... Full Story»
Cagayan de Oro City News: Friday, October 20, 2017 -- Organic farmers, advocates to convene in CDO for agri confab : CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—More than a thousand farmers, industry players and advocates of organic farming will converge in this city for the 14th National Organic Agriculture .... Full Story»
Angeles City News: Friday, October 20, 2017 -- SSS wants to be part of Clark growth : CLARK FREEPORT -- The Social Security System (SSS) wants to be part of Clark Freeport's growth, said its chairman, Amado Valdez, during a recent visit here. Valdez said that with its multi-billion peso portfolio, .... Full Story»
Albay News: Friday, October 20, 2017 -- Albay PENRO arrested in drug bust : LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – The Chief of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of the Department of Natural Resources Regional Office 5 was arrested in a drug bust by the Philippine .... Full Story»
Cebu News: Saturday, October 21, 2017 -- 100-bed hospital opens in Mactan : RESIDENTS in Mactan Island can look forward to new and advanced medical services with the opening of ARC Hospitals Mactan (ARC Mactan) in 2018. It will open the first two levels of the hospital by January, which will house .... Full Story»
ARMM Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao News: Friday, October 20, 2017 -- Bangsamoro Development Corridor to help spur growth in Marawi : THE Bangsamoro Development Corridor (BDC) is seen to help in the rehabilitation and spur the growth in Marawi City in the long term, said Mindanao .... Full Story»

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Flag Description of the Philippines:
  • There are two equal horizontal bands
    • blue (top; representing peace and justice)
    • red (representing courage)
  • a white equilateral triangle based on the hoist side represents equality
  • the center of the triangle displays a yellow sun with eight primary rays, each representing one of the first eight provinces that sought independence from Spain
    • Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Manila, Nueva Ecija, and Pampanga
  • each corner of the triangle contains a small, yellow, five-pointed star representing the three major geographical divisions of the country:

The design of the flag dates to 1897; in wartime the flag is flown upside down with the red band at the top.

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Map of The Philippines

News from The Philippines

  • 6.5-7.5% export growth targeted
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
Exports of goods and services could grow by 6.5 to 7.5 percent this year, a Trade department official said on Friday, with revenues expected to hit $79.7 billion to as much as $80.4 billion.
“There is a recovery in global demand, which is already happening now. Actually the strength of the US dollar versus the peso is also a bonus,” Export Marketing Bureau chief Senen Perlada said ........... Full Story»

  • PH strengthens reinsurance initiatives
  • Friday, October 20, 2017
The Philippines has teamed up with other member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to improve catastrophic reinsurance initiatives that will help communities across the region recover faster from the impact of natural disasters and other adverse effects of climate change.
Carlos Dominguez III, finance secretary, said the Philippines is also working on improving building standards to ensure that structures are climate-resilient, and is expediting the rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems while constructing new ones, particularly in the northern and southern parts of the archipelago, among other initiatives to mitigate the impact of erratic climate patterns resulting from global warming ........... Full Story»

Philippines Sports News

  • Petron, Foton kick off Superliga bid
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 12:00 am
MANILA, Philippines — Petron takes on Generika-Ayala while Cignal and Foton clash in the other match kicking off the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix today at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.
Boasting of top imports in Serbians Sara Klisura and Katarina Vukamanovic and Montenegrin Dragana Perunicnic, the two-time Foton Tornadoes test the Cignal side’s mettle at 6 p.m. after the 4 p.m. encounter between the Petron Blaze Spikers and the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers ............................... Full Story»

Geography of the Republic of the Philippines

Area: 300,000 sq. km. (117,187 sq. mi.). Major cities (2007 estimate): Capital--Manila (pop. 11.55 million in metropolitan area); other cities--Davao City (1.36 million); Cebu City (0.80 million).

  • Terrain: Islands, 65% mountainous, with narrow coastal lowlands.
  • Climate: Tropical, astride typhoon belt.
  • Total water area: 1,830 sq km.
  • Total coastline: 36,289 km.

Bodies of Water of The Philippines

  • Philippine Sea
  • South China Sea
  • Sulu Sea
  • Celebes Sea
  • Luzon Straight
  • Sibuyan Sea
  • Visayan Sea
  • Mindanao Sea
  • Moro Gulf
  • Manila Bay

Islands of The Philippines

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11 Largest Philippine Islands
Island Name Island Size
1 Luzon 104,688 sq km
2 Mindanao 94,631 sq km
3 Samar 13,079 sq km
4 Negros 12,704 sq km
5 Palawan 11,785 sq km
6 Panay 11,515 sq km
7 Mindoro 9,736 sq km
8 Leyte 7,213 sq km
9 Cebu 4,408 sq km
10 Bohol 3,862 sq km
11 Masbate 3,269 sq km
Total Area: 276,890 sq km
Country 298,170 sq km

Main Philippine Islands Group: Luzon Islands Group, Visayas Islands Group, Mindanao Islands Group.

The Philippines is divided into three main islands group and are headed under:

  • Luzon Islands Group - It is the most populous of the three groups, with Manila being its center of everything imaginable and as the Capital seat of the country. Metropolitan Manila is the hub of it all and is one of the most densely populated urban areas in the world with over 11.5 million people. It is also referred to as the National Capital Region by the government. Majority of the top national schools are located here and this is where most of the students go to for their college education.
  • Visayas Islands Group - It is the second most populated of the three groups with over 17 million people and its center of commerce, with the most populated area being Cebu island. It is home to the largest native language speakers of Bisaya. It's commerce production is second to Luzon's and is home to the second largest international airport in Mactan island - Mactan International.
  • Mindanao Islands Group - It is the least populated of the three island groups with Davao being its largest and most populated area. The emerald island of Mindanao is the richest in mineral contents and production in the country, and it is considered the country's bread basket as over sixty percent of food staples for the country's ninety million plus population is produced here. It is also the country's gateway to the East Asia Growth Area of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, & Philippines (BIMP-EAGA) - the truism to that reference is reflected squarely on Zamboanga City and the Peninsula area of Mindanao it services, in its title as the #1 GDP area in the Philippines! Majority of the international income it derives from is from BIMP-EAGA.

People of the Republic of the Philippines

  • Nationality: Noun--Filipino(s). Adjective--Philippine.
  • Population (as of 2017) - 103,829,424
    • Population (as of 2016) = 100,981,437
      • Population (2008 estimate): 90.5 million.
  • Annual growth rate (2007 estimate): 2.04%.
  • Ethnic groups: Malay, Chinese.
  • Religions (based on 2000 census): Roman Catholic 80.9%, Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, Aglipayan 2%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1%.
    • Separation of Church and State in The Philippines - The Philippines does not follow its own constitution regarding the separation of church and state. The Philippines financially supports the muslim religion via the ARMM and the NCMF. No other religion in the Philippines is financially supported with a yearly budget.
  • Languages:
    • Filipino (based on Tagalog), official national language;
    • English, language of government and instruction in education. All High Schools, Colleges, and Universities are taught in English, All the textbooks are in English.
  • Education: Years compulsory--6 (note: 6 years of primary education free and compulsory; 4 years of secondary education free but not compulsory). Attendance (2007)--84% in elementary grades, 58% in secondary grades. Literacy (2003)--93.4%.
  • Health: Infant mortality rate (2006)--24 per 1,000. Life expectancy (2005)--67.80 yrs. for males; 72.50 yrs. for females.
  • Work force (2007): 36.22 million. Services (including commerce and government, 2007)--50%; agriculture--35%; industry--15%.

The majority of Philippine people are descendants of Indonesians and Malays who migrated to the islands in successive waves over many centuries and largely displaced the aboriginal inhabitants. The largest ethnic minority now is the mainland Asians (called Chinese), who have played an important role in commerce for many centuries since they first came to the islands to trade. Arabs and Indians also traveled and traded in the Philippines in the first and early second millennium. As a result of intermarriage, many Filipinos have some Asian mainland, Spanish, American, Arab, or Indian ancestry. After the mainland Asians, Americans and Spaniards constitute the next largest minorities in the country.

More than 90 percent of the people are Christian as a result of the nearly 400 years of Spanish and American rule. The major non-Hispanicized groups are the Muslim population, concentrated in the Sulu Archipelago and in central and western Mindanao, and the mountain aboriginal groups of northern Luzon. Small forest tribes still live in the more remote areas of Mindanao.

About 87 languages and dialects are spoken, most belonging to the Malay-Polynesian linguistic family. Of these, eight are the first languages of more than 85 percent of the population. The four principal indigenous languages are Cebuano, spoken in the Visayas; Tagalog, predominant in the area around Manila; Ilocano, spoken in northern Luzon, and Maranao and related languages spoken in Mindanao. Since 1939, in an effort to develop national unity, the government has promoted the use of the national language, Pilipino, which is based on Tagalog. Pilipino is taught in all schools and is gaining widespread acceptance across the archipelago. Many use English, Fukienese, or Mandarin as second languages. Nearly all professionals, academics, and government workers speak some English. In January 2003, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the Department of Education to restore English as the medium of instruction in all schools and universities. Only a few Filipino families use Spanish as a second language.

The Philippines has one of the highest literacy rates in the developing world. About 93 percent of the population 10 years of age and older are literate.

History of the Republic of the Philippines

The history of The Philippines can be divided into seven very distinct phases: 1. the pre-Spanish period (before 1521); 2. the Spanish period (1521-1898); 3. the Filipino Revolution period; 4. the American period (1898-1946); 5. the Japanese occupation period; 6. the Philippine Independence and 7. the post-Independence period (1946-present).

1. Pre-Spanish Period of The Republic of the Philippines

Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines and claimed the archipelago for Spain in 1521, but stayed for only a few days. Christianity was established in the Philippines only after the arrival of the succeeding Spanish expeditionary forces (the first led by Legazpi in the 16th century) and the Spanish Jesuits, and in the 17th and 18th centuries by the conquistadores.

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2. Spanish Period of The Republic of the Philippines

The long period of Spanish rule was marked by numerous uprisings. Towards the latter half of the 19th century, Western-educated Filipinos or ilustrados (such as national hero Jose Rizal) began to criticize the excesses of Spanish rule and instilled a new sense of national identity. This movement gave inspiration to the final revolt against Spain that began in 1896 under the leadership of Emilio Aguinaldo and continued until the Americans defeated the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay on May 1, 1898, during the Spanish-American War. Aguinaldo declared independence from Spain on June 12, 1898.

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3. Filipino Revolution Period of The Republic of the Philippines

During the Filipino Revolution period starting in 1898 until 1899, there arose two very distinct revolutionary outcome from native Filipinas residents who initiated an armed uprising against the historical Spanish government of the Filipinas, and against the invading forces of the United States of America, who initially had the backing of the northern Filipinos of Luzon but ended up doing battle against them after they defeated the ruling Spaniards because they withdrew their support for the Americans after it became clear the U.S. wanted to take the Filipinas islands foe its own, and paid to get it done legally in the sum amount of $30,000,0000.00 to Spain.

The two very distinct outcomes of the Filipino revolution are: Read on

4. American Period of The Republic of the Philippines

Following Admiral George Dewey's defeat of the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay, the U.S. occupied the Philippines. Spain ceded the islands to the United States under the terms of the Treaty of Paris (December 10, 1898) that ended the war.

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5. Japanese Occupation Period of The Republic of the Philippines

World War II began in the Philippines when Japan surprised and deliberately attacked the country and after months of continued offensive, the island of Corregidor, the last American/Filipino stronghold, finally fell in May 1942. U.S. forces in the Philippines surrendered to the Japanese, placing the islands under Japanese control. During the occupation, thousands of Filipinos fought a running guerilla campaign against Japanese forces.

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6. Independence of The Republic of the Philippines

§ 1394. Recognition of Philippine independence

  • (a) Withdrawal of American sovereignty

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7. Post-Independence Period of The Republic of the Philippines

The early years of independence were dominated by U.S.-assisted postwar reconstruction. The communist-inspired Huk Rebellion (1945-53) complicated recovery efforts before its successful suppression under the leadership of President Ramon Magsaysay. The succeeding administrations of Presidents Carlos P. Garcia (1957-61) and Diosdado Macapagal (1961-65) sought to expand Philippine ties to its Asian neighbors, implement domestic reform programs, and develop and diversify the economy. In 1962, the official Philippine Independence Day was changed from July 4 to June 12, commemorating the date independence from Spain was declared by Emilio Aguinaldo in 1898.

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Culture of The Philippines

This is the one thing that separates us from the rest of the world - our colorful and lively culture that makes us distinctly Filipino. This includes traditions, language, arts, etc. which are found in museums, churches and galleries, found within the heart of the key cities. Read On

Government and Political Conditions of The Philippines

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Malacañang Palace 2008 as seen from across the Pasig River. The Malacañang Palace is the official residence of the President of the Philippines.
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Malacañang Palace Postcard 1980 as seen from across the Pasig River. The Malacañang Palace is the official residence of the President of the Philippines.
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  • Type: Republic.
  • Independence: July 4, 1946.
  • Constitution: February 11, 1987.
  • Branches:
    • Executive--president and vice president elected on separate tickets by popular vote for a single six-year term;
    President for the term of 2010 -2016: Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III
    • Legislative--bicameral Congress or Kongreso consists of:
      1. The Senate or Senado (24 seats - one-half elected every three years; members elected at large by popular vote to serve six-year terms) and
      2. The House of Representatives or Kapulungan Ng Nga Kinatawan; the House has 287 seats including 230 members in one tier representing districts and 57 sectoral party-list members in a second tier representing special minorities elected on the basis of one seat for every 2% of the total vote but with each party limited to three seats; a party represented in one tier may not hold seats in the other tier; all House members are elected by popular vote to serve three-year terms
    • Judicial--independent: Supreme Court (15 justices are appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Judicial and Bar Council and serve until 70 years of age); Court of Appeals; Sandigan-bayan (special court for hearing corruption cases of government officials)
  • Political parties:
    • Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats
    • Nationalist People's Coalition
    • Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino
    • Liberal Party
    • Aksiyon Demokratiko
    • Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan
    • and other small parties.
  • A breakdown of The Philippines' system of government Leadership
    • Country
      • President - One: the president is elected for a one 6 year term. No re-election.
      • Vice-President - One: the vice-president is elected for a one 6 year term
      • Senate - 24 - (2010): The senators are elected for a six year term. There is an election every 3 years where only 12 senators run for office whose six year term has expired.
      • House of Representatives - 212 (2007): In office for a 3 year term. May serve for 9 years if re-elected.
      • Supreme Court - 15
    • Provinces
    • Cities
      • Mayor
    • Municipalities
      • Mayor
    • Barangay
      • Puno or Barangay Captain
  • Suffrage: Universal, but not compulsory, at age 18.

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Principal Government Officials of the Republic of the Philippines

Philippines Principal Officials: Term: 2016-2022
  • President: - Rodrigo Duterte
  • Vice President: - Leni Robredo
  • Foreign Secretary-- Perfecto Yasay, Jr.
  • Senate President -- Aquilino Pimentel III
  • House Speaker -- Pantaleon Alvarez
  • Ambassador to the United States--Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.
  • Permanent Representative to the UN-- Teodoro Locsin, Jr.
  • Supreme Court Chief Justice -- Maria Lourdes Sereno

The Republic of the Philippines maintains an embassy in the United States at 1600 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036 (tel. 202-467-9300). Consulates general are in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Agana (Guam). READ ON...

The Philippine Senate

The Philippine senate is composed of 24 senators who are elected by the legally registered voters of the Philippines. Senators are elected to a six year term, half the senators are elected every 3 years. This process insures that the Senate maintains a full membership.

The Senate of the Philippines is the upper chamber of the bicameral legislature of the Philippines, the Congress of the Philippines. The Senate is the only body that can authorize the ratification of treaties.

Current Senate Members of the Philippines

1.) Edgardo J. Angara 1987–1998; 2001–2007; 2007-2013; 2013-2019

Quezon City, Luzon

2.) Paolo "Bam" Benigno Aguirre Aquino IV 2013-2019

NCR

3.) Maria Lourdes Nancy Sombillo Binay 2013-2019

Makati, NCR

4.) Alan Peter S. Cayetano 2007–2013; 2013-2019

Taguig City, Metro Manila, Luzon

5.) Leila Norma Eulalia Josefa De Lima 2016-2022

Camarines Sur - Region V(Bicol) (Luzon)

6.) Franklin M. Drilon 2010-2016, 2016-2022

Iloilo City, Iloilo, Visayas but lives in Metro Manila

7.) Francis Joseph G. Escudero 2007–2013; 2013-2019

Sorsogon City, Luzon

8.) Joseph Victor Gomez "JV Estrada" Ejercito 2013-2019
9.) Sherwin Gatchalian 2016-2022

From Valenzuela City - NCR (Luzon)

10.) Richard J Gordon 2004-2010; 2016-2022

Zambales - Region III (Luzon)

11.) Gregorio B. Honasan II 1995–2001, 2001–2004, 2007–2013; 2013-2019

Manila, Luzon

12) Ana Theresia Hontiveros 2016-2022

From: Manila - NCR (Luzon)

13.) Panfilo M. Lacson 2004-2010, 2016-2022

Cavite - Region IV-A (Luzon)

14.) Loren B. Legarda 1998-2004; 2007–2013; 2013-2019

Manila, Luzon

15.) Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares 2013-2019
16.) Emmanuel Pacquiao 2016-2022

From Mindanao Sarangani Province - Region XII (Mindanao)

17.) Francis N. Pangilinan 2001–2007; 2007-2013; 2016-2022

From Manila - NCR (Luzon)

18.) Aquilino "Koko" Martin De La Llana Pimentel III 2013-2019

Misamis Oriental, Region 10 Mindanao

19.) Ralph G. Recto - 2010-2016; 2016-2022

Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Lipa City, Batangas; Luzon

20.) Vicente C. Sotto III - 1992-1998; 1998-2004; 2010-2016: 2016-2022

Quezon City, Metro Manila - Luzon

21. Antonio F. Trillanes IV 2007–2013; 2013-2019

Caloocan City, Luzon

22.) Cynthia "Hanepbuhay" Aguilar Villar 2013-2019

Las Piñas City, Luzon

23.) Emmanuel Joel Villanueva 2016 -2022

From the province of Bulacan - Region III (Luzon)

24.) Juan Miguel Zubiri - 2007–2013; 2016-2022

From Mindanao Bukidnon Province - Region X (Mindanao)

Federalism in the Philippines is simply a ploy to give the Bangsamoro an Islamic State. Bangsamoro is POISON. Religion must never rule supreme over any region, province, city, municipality or barangay. All religions must be treated equally.
The Philippine government must STOP FINANCING Islam.

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To have an Islamic State in a Non-Islamic federal form of government invites CHAOS and or possibly later secession from the country. India, USA, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina are some of the countries with the federal form of government. Issues with Islam exist but so far not one of them has a Muslim state. Because they know that it will only lead to chaos. Yet the Philippines tempts this Bangsamoro State idea. Learn from the mistake of Russia. They did this, and is now miserably paying the price. Religion and Government must be kept separate. Doesn't the Philippine legislature understand this? Or possibly the legislature of the Philippines was "bought and paid for" by the Muslim advocates and the Political Dynasty advocates?

Soldiers of the Philippines, you are at war with the Islamic Terrorists in Mindanao. These terrorists are MOROS or MUSLIMS.
The government of the Philippines is financing these Moros/Muslims, and here you are being shot at and killed by these Moros who are financed by the Philippine government.
Those who claim to be against the BBL(Bangsamoro) but say that they are for FEDERALISM, are big fat LIARS. No one can be for Federalism and be against the BBL(Bangsamoro). Those who are for federalism, are for Bangsamoro.

  • Winners of the 2016 Senatorial Election for the term of 2016-2022
  1. Franklin M. Drilon - Iloilo province, but lives in Metro Manila - NCR (Luzon)
  2. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva* - From the province of Bulacan - Region III (Luzon)
  3. Vicente C. Sotto III - From Manila - NCR (Luzon)
  4. Panfilo M. Lacson - Cavite - Region IV-A (Luzon)
  5. Richard J Gordon - Zambales - Region III (Luzon)
  6. Juan Miguel Zubiri - From Mindanao Bukidnon Province - Region X (Mindanao)
  7. Emmanuel Pacquiao* From Mindanao Sarangani Province - Region XII (Mindanao)
  8. Ana Theresia Hontiveros* - From: Manila - NCR (Luzon)
  9. Francis N. Pangilinan - From Manila - NCR (Luzon)
  10. Sherwin Gatchalian* - From Valenzuela City - NCR (Luzon)
  11. Ralph G. Recto - Muntinlupa City - NCR (Luzon)
  12. Leila Norma Eulalia Josefa De Lima* - Camarines Sur - Region V (Luzon)
5 new senators elected in the election year of 2016(*)

  • Winners of the 2013 Senatorial Election for the term of 2013-2019
  1. Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares Independent 16340333 6.84%
  2. Loren B. Legarda (Npc) Nationalist Peoples' Coalition 14942824 6.26%
  3. Francis "Chiz" Joseph G. Escudero Independent 14137127 5.92%
  4. Alan Peter S. Cayetano (Np) Nacionalista Party 14129783 5.92%
  5. Maria Lourdes Nancy Sombillo Binay (Una) United Nationalist Alliance 13310851 5.57%
  6. Edgardo J. Angara (Ldp) Laban Ng Demokratikong Pilipino 12853305 5.38%
  7. Paolo "Bam" Benigno Aguirre Aquino IV (Lp) Liberal Party 12376372 5.18%
  8. Aquilino "Koko" Martin De La Llana Pimentel III (Pdp) Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas Ng Bayan 11846088 4.96%
  9. Antonio F. Trillanes IV (Np) Nacionalista Party 11389173 4.77%
  10. Cynthia "Hanepbuhay" Aguilar Villar (Np) Nacionalista Party 11070265 4.64%
  11. Joseph Victor Gomez "JV Estrada" Ejercito (Una) United Nationalist Alliance 11010630 4.61%
  12. Gregorio "Gringo" Ballesteros Honasan (Una) United Nationalist Alliance 10620981

  • Winners of the 2013 Senatorial Election for the term of 2010-2016
  1. Franklin M. Drilon
  2. Juan Ponce Enrile 1987–1992; 1995–2001; 2004-2010; 2010-2016
    Gonzaga, Cagayan Province, Luzon
  3. Jose E. "Jinggoy" Estrada 2004-2010; 2010-2016
    San Juan City, Metro Manila, Luzon
  4. Teofisto L. Guingona III - 2010-2016
    Bukidnon, Region 10 Mindanao
  5. Manuel Lito Lapid 2004-2010; 2010-2016
    Pampanga, Luzon
  6. Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. - 2010-2016
    Luzon
  7. Sergio R. Osmeña III - 2010-2016
    Cebu, Visayas
  8. Ralph G. Recto - 2010-2016
    Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Lipa City, Batangas; Luzon
  9. Ramon B. Revilla, Jr. 2004-2010; 2010-2016
    Imus, Cavite, Luzon
  10. Pillar "Pia" Juliana Cayetano Sebastian 2004-2010, 2010-2016
    Taguig City, Luzon
  11. Miriam Defensor Santiago 1995–2001; 2004-2010; 2010-2016
  12. Vicente C. Sotto III
    Quezon City, Luzon
  • Former Senators of The Philippines
  1. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III 2007–2013
    • Tarlac Province, Luzon
  2. Joker P. Arroyo 2001–2007; 2007-2013
    • Makati City, Luzon
  3. Rodolfo G. Biazon 1992–1995, 1998–2004; 2007-2013
    • Muntinlupa City, Luzon
  4. Richard J Gordon 2004-2010
    • Olongapo City, Zambales, Luzon
  5. Panfilo M. Lacson 2004-2010
    • Imus, Cavite, Luzon
  6. Francis N. Pangilinan 2001–2007; 2007-2013
    • Mandaluyong City, Luzon
  7. Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. 1987–1992 ;1998-2004; 2004-2010
    • Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Mindanao
  8. Manuel A. Roxas II 2004-2010
    • Roxas City, Capiz, Visayas
  9. Jamby Madrigal Valade 2004-2010
    • Manila, Luzon
  10. Manuel B. Villar, Jr. 2001–2007; 2007-2013
  11. Juan Miguel Zubiri 2007–2013
    • Malaybalay City, Mindanao

Economy of The Philippines

  • The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of The Philippines was worth 272.02 billion US dollars in 2013
    • GDP (2009): $160.6 billion.
  • Annual GDP growth rate (2009): 0.9% at constant prices.
  • GDP per capita (2013): 2,765.08 USD
    • GDP per capita (2009): $1,746.
  • Natural resources: Copper, nickel, iron, cobalt, silver, gold.
  • Agriculture: Products--rice, coconut products, sugar, corn, pork, bananas, pineapple products, aquaculture, mangoes, eggs.
  • Industry: Types--textiles and garments, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, wood products, paper and paper products, tobacco products, beverage manufacturing, food processing, machinery and equipment, transport equipment, electronics and semiconductor assembly, mineral products, hydrocarbon products, fishing, business process outsourcing services.
  • Trade (2009): Exports--$38.3 billion. Imports--$42.8 billion.

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Agriculture and Forestry

Arable farmland comprises more than 40 percent of the total land area. Although the Philippines is rich in agricultural potential, inadequate infrastructure, lack of financing, and government policies have limited productivity gains. Philippine farms produce food crops for domestic consumption and cash crops for export. The agricultural sector employs more than one-third of the work force but provides less than a fifth of GDP.

Decades of uncontrolled logging and slash-and-burn agriculture in marginal upland areas have stripped forests, with critical implications for the ecological balance. Although the government has instituted conservation programs, deforestation remains a severe problem.

With its 7,107 islands, the Philippines has a very diverse range of fishing areas. Notwithstanding good prospects for marine fisheries, the industry continues to face a difficult future due to destructive fishing methods, a lack of funds, and inadequate government support.

Agriculture generally suffers from low productivity, low economies of scale, and inadequate infrastructure support. Agricultural output increased by 5.1 percent in real terms during 2004 but stagnated to 2.24 percent in 2005 due to drought and intermittent weather disturbances. Despite the adverse effects of successive and very strong typhoons in the last four months of 2006, the overall annual farm output expanded by 3.8 percent. In 2007, the sector grew by 4.68 percent, led by gains in the fisheries subsector.

Fruits of the Philippines

In the past, many of the fruits found at the local markets were seasonal, but today they are mostly grown year-round with intervention. Read On

Industry of the Philippines

Industrial production is centered on the processing and assembly operations of the following: food, beverages, tobacco, rubber products, textiles, clothing and footwear, pharmaceuticals, paints, plywood and veneer, paper and paper products, small appliances, and electronics. Heavier industries are dominated by the production of cement, glass, industrial chemicals, fertilizers, iron and steel, and refined petroleum products. Newer industries, particularly production of semiconductors and other intermediate goods for incorporation into consumer electronics are important components of Philippine exports and are located in special export processing zones.

The industrial sector is concentrated in urban areas, especially in the metropolitan Manila region, and has only weak linkages to the rural economy. Inadequate infrastructure, transportation, and communication have so far inhibited faster industrial growth, although significant strides have been made in addressing the last of these elements.

Mining in the Philippines

The Philippines is one of the world's most highly mineralized countries, with untapped mineral wealth estimated at more than $840 billion. Philippine copper, gold, and chromate deposits are among the largest in the world. Other important minerals include nickel, silver, coal, gypsum, and sulfur. The Philippines also has significant deposits of clay, limestone, marble, silica, and phosphate. The discovery of natural gas reserves off Palawan has been brought on-line to generate electricity.

Despite its rich mineral deposits, the Philippine mining industry is just a fraction of what it was in the 1970s and 1980s when the country ranked among the ten leading gold and copper producers worldwide. Low metal prices, high production costs, and lack of investment in infrastructure have contributed to the industry's overall decline. A December 2004 Supreme Court decision upheld the constitutionality of the 1995 Mining Act, thereby allowing up to 100 percent foreign-owned companies to invest in large-scale exploration, development, and utilization of minerals, oil, and gas.

Foreign Relations of The Philippines

In its foreign policy, the Philippines cultivates constructive relations with its Asian neighbors, with whom it is linked through membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. The Philippines chaired ASEAN from 2006 to 2007, hosting the ASEAN Heads of State Summit and the ASEAN Regional Forum. The Philippines is a member of the UN and some of its specialized agencies, and served a two-year term as a member of the UN Security Council from January 2004-2006, acting as UNSC President in September 2005. Since 1992, the Philippines has been a member of the Non-Aligned Movement. The government is seeking observer status in the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The Philippines has played a key role in ASEAN in recent years, ratifying the ASEAN Charter in October 2008. The Philippines also values its relations with the countries of the Middle East, in no small part because hundreds of thousands of Filipinos are employed in that region. The welfare of the some four to five million overseas Filipino contract workers is considered to be a pillar of Philippine foreign policy. Foreign exchange remittances from these workers exceed 11 percent of the country's gross domestic product.

The fundamental Philippine attachment to democracy and human rights is also reflected in its foreign policy. Philippine soldiers and police have participated in a number of multilateral civilian police and peacekeeping operations, and a Philippine Army general served as the first commander of the UN Peacekeeping Operation in East Timor. The Philippines presently has peacekeepers deployed in eight UN Peacekeeping Operations worldwide.. The Philippines also participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, deploying some 50 troops to Iraq in 2003. (These troops were subsequently withdrawn in 2004 after a Filipino overseas worker was kidnapped.) The Philippine Government also has been active in efforts to reduce tensions among rival claimants to the territories and waters of the resource-rich South China Sea.

U.S.A.-Philippines Relations

U.S.-Philippine relations are based on shared history and commitment to democratic principles, as well as on economic ties. The historical and cultural links between the Philippines and the United States remain strong. The Philippines modeled its governmental institutions on those of the United States and continues to share a commitment to democracy and human rights. At the most fundamental level of bilateral relations, human links continue to form a strong bridge between the two countries. There are an estimated four million Americans of Philippine ancestry in the United States, and more than 250,000 American citizens in the Philippines.

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Trade and Investment

Two-way U.S. merchandise trade with the Philippines amounted to $17.1 billion in 2007 (U.S. Department of Commerce data). According to Philippine Government data, 14.1 percent of the Philippines' imports in 2007 came from the United States, and about 17.0 percent of its exports were bound for America. The Philippines ranks as our 29th-largest export market and our 34th-largest supplier. Key exports to the United States are semiconductor devices and computer peripherals, automobile parts, electric machinery, textiles and garments, wheat and animal feeds, and coconut oil. In addition to other goods, the Philippines imports raw and semi-processed materials for the manufacture of semiconductors, electronics and electrical machinery, transport equipment, and cereals and cereal preparations.

The United States traditionally has been the Philippines' largest foreign investor, with close to $6.7 billion in total foreign direct investment as of end-2007.

Since the late 1980s, the Philippines has committed itself to reforms that encourage foreign investment as a basis for economic development, subject to certain guidelines and restrictions in specified areas. Under President Ramos, the Philippines expanded reforms, opening the power generation and telecommunications sectors to foreign investment, as well as securing ratification of the Uruguay Round agreement and membership in the World Trade Organization. As noted earlier, President Arroyo's administration has generally continued such reforms despite opposition from vested interests and "nationalist" blocs. A major obstacle has been and will continue to be constitutional restrictions on, among others, foreign ownership of land and public utilities, which limits maximum ownership to 40 percent.

Over the last two decades, the relatively closed Philippine economy has been opened significantly by foreign exchange deregulation, foreign investment and banking liberalization, tariff and market barrier reduction, and foreign entry into the retail trade sector. The Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 opened opportunities for U.S. firms to participate in the power industry in the Philippines. Information and communications technologies, backroom operations such as call centers, regional facilities or shared-service centers, tourism, and mining are likewise leading investment opportunities.

Principal U.S. Embassy Officials Ambassador--Kristie A. Kenney Deputy Chief of Mission--Paul W. Jones Political Counselor--Thomas B. Gibbons Economic Counselor--Larry L. Memmott Public Affairs Counselor-- Richard Nelson Consul General--Richard D. Haynes Management Counselor--Catherine I. Ebert-Gray Commercial Counselor-- Patrick WallUSAID Mission Director--Jon Lindborg Agricultural Counselor--Emiko Purdy Transportation and Safety Administration--Scottie R. Laird

Department of Homeland Security – Frank J. Cabaddu Defense Attaché Office--Colonel Anthony Senci Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group--Colonel Kevin D. Clark Regional Security Officer--Jacob M. Wohlman Legal Attaché James D. Nixon U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration--Timothy C. Teal Veterans Affairs--Jonathan Skelly Social Security Administration-- Darrin Morgan. American Battle Monuments Commission--Larry A. Adkison U.S. Peace Corps-- Sonia Derenoncourt

The U.S. Embassy is located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila; tel. (63)(2) 301-2000; fax 301-2399; website: http://manila.usembassy.gov/. The American Business Center is located at 25/F, Ayala Life - FGU Center, 6811 Ayala Avenue, Makati City. It houses the Foreign Commercial Service: tel. (63)(2) 888-4088; fax 888-6606; website: http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3012.html; and the Foreign Agricultural Service: tel. (63)(2) 887-1137; fax 887-1268; website: http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3011.html.

Travel and Business Information

The U.S. Department of State's Consular Information Program advises Americans traveling and residing abroad through Country Specific Information, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings. Country Specific Information exists for all countries and includes information on entry and exit requirements, currency regulations, health conditions, safety and security, crime, political disturbances, and the addresses of the U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information quickly about terrorist threats and other relatively short-term conditions overseas that pose significant risks to the security of American travelers. Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that Americans avoid travel to a certain country because the situation is dangerous or unstable.

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Popular Travel Destinations in the Philippines

There are several destinations for the traveller to enjoy in the Philippines. It is best if you hire a local to show you around. Every Filipino is proud of his domain. He is very hospitable and always has a smile on his face. You can find a tourist guide almost anywhere. There are professional travel agencies with professional travel guides and there the pedicab drivers, tri-cycle drivers, jeepney drivers, and taxi or puj drivers. Each one of these individuals are very familiar with their area and will do their best to show you their hometown or show-off their hometown.

If you want to enjoy the local areas or barangays, do not hesitate to visit the barangay hall. There you will meet the most wonderful and cooperative people. The officer of the day or the secretary of the barangay will be more than willing help you or point you to the right direction. Every barangay in the Philippines has an elected secretary. The barangay captain (puno) and the council members (kagawads) are always moving around, but the secretary is always in the office.

If you are travelling with teenagers, there is the SK (Sangguniang Kabataan) or Youth Council in each of the barangays. You can have an appointment with one of the youth council members. This is usually a 5 or 8 member group. Again these folks are more than willing to help you.

Education in the Philippines

There are over 40,000 barangays in the Philippines and just about everysingle barangay has an elementary school. In the more urban areas, each barangay has a public high school.

Real Estate or Properties for Sale or lease in The Philippines

  • If you have real estate property, whether its commercial, residential, farm land, or just an empty lot in The Philippines, you can list that property for free. Click to VIEW, EDIT, or ADD Realty Listings.
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Philippine Trivia

  • The exotic jeepney is a post-war creation inspired by the GI jeeps that the American soldiers brought to the Philippines in the 1940s. Enterprising Filipinos salvaged the surplus engines and came out unique vehicles of art.
  • Short distance and feeder trips could not be more exciting than via Philippine quick transports – **the tricycle, a motorcycle with a sidecar, and
    • the pedicab, a bicycle with a sidecar.
  • The world’s longest underground river system accessible to man can be found at the St. Paul National Park in the province of Palawan.

  • Festivals in the month of November in the philippines

Adivay: November : La Trinidad, Benquet ★ Banaag Festival: November 1 : Anilao, Iloilo ★ P'yagsawitan Festival: November 3rd week: Maragusan Compostela Valley ★ Binabayani Festival: November Last week: Olongapo, Zamboales ★ Tan-OK ni Ilocano Festival: November third week: Ilocos Norte ★ Crown Festival: November 3rd week: Taytay, Rizal ★ Tumba (Candle) Festival: November 2: San Luis, Batangas ★ Pinta Flores Festival: November 3 to 5: San Carlos City, Negros Occidental ★ San Carlos City Fiesta: November 4: San Carlos City, Negros Occidental ★ Angono Arts Festival: November 5 to 25: Angono, Rizal ★

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Adl, Agua, Alem, Am, An, Ar, At
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Bag, Ban, Bar, Bas, Be, Bgy, Bi, Bo, Bu, Bul
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Cad, Cal, Cam, Car, Coa, Cogo, Cua
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Dan, Day, Don, Dul
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Esp
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Far, Fol
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Gap,Ge, Gua,
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Hil, Hob
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Ind
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Jar, Jua
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Kam, Kay, Kia
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Lan, Lio
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Mal, Man, Mar, Mat, Mina
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Nang, Nes
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Pala,Pang, Pian, Poblacion, Poblacion O,

Polo, Prim, Pung

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Res, Rizal, Rizd
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Sal, Sam, San, San F, San M, San R, San V, Santa, Santo, Se, Si, So, Su
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Taga, Tika, Tua, Tung
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Upper
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Villa
Ville
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Xa, Xe
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Yab, yob
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Zal, Zel

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