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The Philippines (i/ˈfɪlpnz/; Filipino: Pilipinas [ˌpɪlɪˈpinɐs]), officially known as the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas), is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean. It consists of about 7,500 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City; both are part of Metro Manila.

To the north of the Philippines across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan; Vietnam sits west across the South China Sea; southwest lies Malaysia in the island of Borneo across the Sulu Sea, and to the south the Celebes Sea separates it from other islands of Indonesia; while to the east it is bounded by the Philippine Sea and the island-nation of Palau. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator makes the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world's greatest biodiversity. At approximately 300,000 square kilometers (115,831 sq mi), the Philippines is the 72nd-largest country in the world.

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Medical mission serves 1,000 in remote town in Masbate

Manila Bulletin 18 May 2024
The Philippine Coast Guard-Bicol and Philippine Navy conducted dental services and doctors from Tanchuling Hospital in Legazpi City, Albay provided medical checkup to infants and senior citizens ... Ako Bicol party-list Rep ... chairman Ako Bicol Rep....

Dagupan heat index hits 50°C as 44 other areas get 42-48°C

The Philadelphia Inquirer 13 May 2024
MANILA, Philippines — The heat index reached a scorching and dangerous 50°C in Dagupan City, Pangasinan on Monday, according to the ......

Rep. Co eyes turning Bicol into hot air balloon tourist destination

The Philadelphia Inquirer 09 May 2024
MANILA, Philippines — Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Elizaldy Co has proposed that the Bicol Region be turned into a hot air ......

'Bicol Loco' a big win for tourism, says sponsor-solon

Manila Bulletin 08 May 2024
Ako Bicol Party-list Rep ... A triumph for Philippine tourism. That's how House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Ako Bicol Party-list Rep. Zaldy Co described the first ever Bicol Loco Hot Air Balloon Festival recently held in Legazpi, Albay ... This is to create more jobs for locals because that is what we need most here in Bicol."....

'Ano ang ginagawa nila dito?' Suarez chides China for presence off Catanduanes

Manila Bulletin 07 May 2024
Catanduanes is part of Bicol, which is on the eastern side of the Philippines. The Philippine Navy had reported that a Chinese research vessel had been spotted lowering an equipment near Catanduanes....

DENR’s strict implementation of EPR Law key in reaching PH’s circular economy goal, says Villafuerte

Manila Bulletin 05 May 2024
The DENR previously lauded the EPR law as “a crucial step to the Philippines’ transition to the circular economy”. In line with this vision, the Bicol lawmaker also urged the agency to have a “better approach” to its sustainable management of solid wastes....

Empowering women

Manila Standard 03 May 2024
... the Philippines-Parañaque Chapter welcome Bicol Saro party-list Rep....

Albay goes full steam ahead with first Bicol Loco Hot Air Balloon fest

Manila Bulletin 02 May 2024
Each day begins with the inaugural Bicol Hot Air Balloon event, offering breathtaking morning flights against the stunning backdrop of the iconic Mayon Volcano ... Envisioned by Ako Bicol Party-List Rep ... As one of the most vibrant regions in the Philippines, Bicol is known for its distinctive culture, natural beauty, and culinary delights....

Fil-Am Hoffman, Espenilla set new PH records

Manila Standard 28 Apr 2024
Fil-American standout Lauren Hoffman and Bicol bet Ana Bhianca Espenilla ......