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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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Blessed Sacrament Father Victor ‘Junvic’ Diolata Jr.: Inspired by priest’s care, driving lessons

Hawaii Catholic Herald 21 Jun 2024
Viriditas2. Soul Greening. Interviewed by Sister Malia Dominica Wong, OP. When I was in elementary and high school, I seldom went to church ... Joachim and Anne ... Some people wonder why, since I am from Malinao, Abay, in Bicol, Philippines, I did not apply to the diocesan seminary or another religious congregation? Nobody recruited me ... ....

Eddie Garcia deserves National Artist Award--solon

Manila Bulletin 20 Jun 2024
Incidentally, Thursday, June 20 marked the fifth death anniversary of Garcia, considered an icon of Philippine cinema. Lee, like Manoy Eddie, also hails from Sorsogon in Bicol. He recognized the latter’s “significant contributions to the development of Philippine Arts," more particularly, under the category of Film and Broadcasting or Broadcast Arts....

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, June 19 19 Jun 2024
MANILA -- Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte on Wednesday tendered her resignation as secretary of the Department of Education, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Cheloy Garafil said ... (Philippines-Sara Duterte-Resignation) ... The van was traveling south to the Bicol region, and the truck was headed to Manila from the Bicol region....

DICT launches eGov PH super app in Sorsogon

Manila Bulletin 19 Jun 2024
... and citizens while the eLGU is a systems that can be accessed through the eGov app allowing people from all over the Philippines to access public services of their city or municipality, anytime, anywhere, DICT-Bicol officer-in-charge regional director Rachel Ann Grabador said....

Judge Jose R. de Venecia Sr.

Manila Bulletin 15 Jun 2024
After World War II, our father served as Judge at Large for the entire Bicol region, appointed by the late President Manuel Roxas,first president of the Philippine Republic, and eventually promoted to Judge of the Court of First Instance in Nueva Vizcaya until he retired in the 1960s....

Villafuerte calls for ‘stronger presence’ in West Philippine Sea amid China fishing ban

Manila Bulletin 09 Jun 2024
In a statement on Sunday, June 9, Villafuerte reckoned that the Philippine Navy (PN), ... The Bicol lawmaker said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should also make good on its assurance to safeguard Filipinos fishing in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the WPS....

Bicol Regional Hospital sure to become a Philippine landmark, says solon

Manila Bulletin 08 Jun 2024
Ako-Bicol Party-list Rep ... A landmark of not just Bicolandia, but the entire Philippines. That's how Ako-Bicol Party-list Rep. Zaldy Co described the so-called "legacy building" of the Bicol Regional Hospital and Medical Center (BRHMC), which is seen to rise soon in Legazpi City, Albay....

Bicol puts up own regional hospital to address health concerns of locals

The Philadelphia Inquirer 07 Jun 2024
DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Residents in Bicol Region will soon no longer need to travel to Metro Manila for medical care, as the ......

Phivolcs: Haze in Bicol due to Kanlaon's eruption disappears

The Philadelphia Inquirer 07 Jun 2024
MANILA, Philippines — Volcanic haze was observed Thursday in the Bicol Region following the eruption of Mt....

2 Bicol coconut farmers' cooperatives receive P6-M DOLE aid

The Philadelphia Inquirer 06 Jun 2024
MANILA, Philippines — Two coconut farming cooperatives in the Bicol region received a P6 million livelihood assistance package from the ......

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