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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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Bicam passes 2024 budget, CIFs still out

Manila Standard 11 Dec 2023
Philippine General Hospital expansion (P1-billion); National Kidney Center’s 14-storey building (P1.5 billion); Philippine Children’s Medical Center (P1-billion); National Cancer Center (1-billion); Bicol Regional Medical Center (P1-billion) and other specialty hospitals in Batangas, Cavite and Laguna....

25 student filmmakers named as Puregold CinePanalo grant recipients

Manila Bulletin 09 Dec 2023
“This is why we’re proud to uplift the work of these new, bright voices in Philippine cinema ... Rafaela Mae Abucejo - "Saan Ako Pinaglihi?" (Polytechnic University of the Philippines). Alexa Moneii Agaloos - "Ka Benjie" (Polytechnic University of the Philippines). Kent Michael Cadungog - "Text FIND DAD and Send to 2366" (University of the Philippines)....

Phivolcs: Always be prepared for 'Big One'

The Manila Times 03 Dec 2023
MANILA, Philippines ... In Surigao del Sur earthquake, Phivolcs said it was the Philippine Trench and active fault that moved and that caused the destructive tremor, said to be the strongest in a decade in Mindanao ... Meanwhile, the Philippine Trench could be traced from Mindanao all the way to Bicol....

Phivolcs reminder: Be ready for the 'Big One'

The Manila Times 03 Dec 2023
(UPDATE) IN the wake of the powerful earthquake that struck Surigao del Sur on Saturday night, the chief of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the country is more prepared now for the "Big One" or a major, devastating quake ... The Philippine Trench runs from Mindanao all the way to the Bicol Region....

P1.6-M shabu seized in Albay

Manila Bulletin 01 Dec 2023
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Bicol said two suspected drug pushers were arrested, including a provincial drug-listed personality, a cluster target operating in ......

Beyond the hype: Bicol ripe for Blockchain adoption and innovation

Manila Bulletin 29 Nov 2023
Relive the moments during the Bicol Blockchain Conference 2023 ... Lany Laguna-Maceda, Associate Professor IV/RDMD Director of Bicol University ... BBC 2023 was a collaborative endeavor organized and presented by SparkLearn EdTech with ICP.Hub Philippines, Vulcanic Labs, HONU, Bicol University,, and XDC Network as co-presenters....

PAL to mount more flights from Mactan

Manila Bulletin 28 Nov 2023
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced that it will mount more flights and routes out of Cebu in the coming months to create convenient connections that will boost tourism, drive business and progressively expand its inter-island network from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport....

Two DOTr projects expected to 'revive' PH rail industry

Manila Bulletin 24 Nov 2023
New, modern and fast trains will run its course from Clark to Calamba, all the way to Bicol)," Bautista said during the 131st anniversary of its attached agency Philippine National Railways (PNR) on Friday, Nov ... Meanwhile, the SLH is a 577-kilometer and 33-station rail connection from Metro Manila to Batangas and Bicol....

DOTr eyes Japan, 2 int'l financial institutions to bankroll 3 PH major railway projects

Manila Bulletin 23 Nov 2023
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is eyeing to seek assistance from Japan or two other international financial institutions to bankroll three major railways project in Luzon and Mindanao ... The projects are the South Long Haul Project or the Philippine National Railway- Bicol, the Subic-Clark Railway in Luzon, and the Mindanao Railway Project ... ....

Marcos orders quick aid to flooded, quake-hit areas

Manila Standard 23 Nov 2023
... across the central Philippines, authorities said Wednesday ... The shear line will also bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in Palawan, Quezon and Bicol, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said....

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