PHILIPPINES (Republika ng Pilipinas)

  • Flag:  The Philippine flag consists of a blue stripe, which symbolizes peace, truth and justice, and a red stripe for valor and patriotism. The white triangle symbolizes equality, fraternity and liberty. Within the triangle are three stars representing the three main group of islands – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, and a sun with eight rays representing the 8 provinces that stood up against Spain during the 1896 Philippine Revolution (Manila, Tarlac, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Cavite, Pampanga and Bulacan). The flag can also distinguish between the country at war or at peace. If the red stripe is placed on top, it means that the country is at war.
  • Total Area: 115,830 sq mi (300,000 sq km)
  • Government: Democratic republic
  • Languages: Filipino (based on Tagalog), English (both official); eight major dialects: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinense
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 80.9%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, Aglipayan 2%, other Christian 5%, Islam 5% (2000)
  • Date/s visited: Born and lived until April 2013, Visited November-December 2015 (21 days)

Blog entries:

  1. Visita Iglesia in Bataan (Bataan)
  2. Orienteering in Mt. Dagoldol (Batangas)
  3. It’s Family Bonding Day in Tagaytay! (Cavite)
  4. Looking beyond the horizon on top of Mt. Pundaquit (Zambales)
  5. I want ‘Nuvali, Nuvali’ but YOU! (Laguna)
  6. Splashing around Batis ng Makiling Spring Resort (Laguna)
  7. A magical day at Enchanted Kingdom (Laguna)
  8. Killing time at SM City Sta. Rosa (Laguna)
  9. A short trip to U.P. Los Banos (Laguna)
  10. The oldest and largest Chinatown in the world! (Manila)
  11. Meeting the Buddha at the Philippine Chinese Buddhist Temple (Manila)
  12. Conquering the walls of Intramuros Part I (Manila)
  13. Conquering the walls of Intramuros Part II (Manila)
  14. An adventuresome sem-ender in Batlag Falls (Rizal)
  15. Faculty Outing at Punta de Fabian Resort (Rizal)
  16. Visita Iglesia: Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center (Quezon Province)
  17. La Mesa Watershed and EcoPark in QC (Quezon City)
  18. Let’s go, U.P.! (Quezon City)
  19. Sem-break is more fun in Palawan! Part I (Palawan)
  20. Sem-break is more fun in Palawan! Part II (Palawan)
  21. Sem-break is more fun in Palawan! Part III (Palawan)
  22. The extraordinary gold mine of the Philippines 😉 (Oriental Mindoro)
  23. Spending Valentine’s Day in the Sugar Bowl of the Philippines (Negros Occidental)
  24. Mambukal Mountain Resort: The Gateway to Mt. Kanlaon (Negros Occidental)
  25. An elegant mansion skeleton in Bacolod City (Negros Occidental)
  26. Getting thrilled in the City of Smiles :)))) (Negros Occidental)
  27. Feeling athletic at Panaad Park and Stadium (Negros Occidental)
  28. My father’s beautiful hometown (Negros Occidental)
  29. An educational tour at Balay Negrense in Bacolod City (Negros Occidental)
  30. Philippines from the sky (Negros Occidental)
  31. The National Museum (Manila)
  32. Under the sea @ Manila Ocean Park (Manila)
  33. A feel of Antarctica @ Manila Ocean Park (Manila)
  34. A historical urban park in Manila (Manila)
  35. Tracing Rizal’s Footsteps at Fort Santiago (Manila)
  36. Renewing your expired PRC ID (Manila)
  37. Meet Tigeros, my new travel buddy *rawr* (Manila)
  38. Taking the IELTS with poise (Manila)
  39. A glimpse of Bagong Tuklas cave resort in San Narciso, Quezon Province (Quezon Province)
  40. San Narciso, Quezon: A hidden beauty (Quezon Province)
  41. One summer day at Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort! (Day Tour Itinerary)
  42. Our memorable one-week stay in Bohol (Itineraries and Reviews) ❤ – Day 1
  43. Our memorable one-week stay in Bohol (Itineraries and Reviews) ❤ – Day 2
  44. Our memorable one-week stay in Bohol (Itineraries and Reviews) ❤ – Day 4
  45. Our memorable one-week stay in Bohol (Itineraries and Reviews) ❤ – Day 5
  46. Our memorable one-week stay in Bohol (Itineraries and Reviews) ❤ – Day 6
  47. A 1-day itinerary in Cebu – the Queen City of the South
  48. Iwahig River Firefly Watching in Palawan – immersion in nature

5 thoughts on “PHILIPPINES

  1. I appreciate this as usually we tend to feature other countries than our own. And you got here plenty nice reads. I guess I will recommend this to my son to read so as he would learn more about his country. Thanks for this.


  2. Hey, it’s nice that you have written some quick facts on the Philippines. Sabi ni Rizal, ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan hindi makakarating sa paroroonan. Who else is going to tell everyone else about the beauty of the country than Filipinos?

    Even if you already live somewhere else, your roots remain here.


    1. I am a Filipino in my heart and in my mind. 🙂 I’d always be proud to say I’m from the Philippines and no where else. I love being a human being, being a citizen of the world, but it is a fact that I was destined to be born and raised in the Pearl of the Orient Seas, and that’s one part of my identity that nothing else could erase or change. Cheers to being a Pinay!


      1. Absolutely. Here kasi, napapansin ko, and this was also pointed out once by a diplomat, me kaugalian tayo na basta dayuhan ang napapagusapan, mas magaling sila kaysa sa atin. Mas maganda sa kanila kaysa sa atin. Sa madaling sabi, puro reklamo na samantala, hindi ba tama na tayo ang magsasabi kung ano naman ang maganda rito?


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