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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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Krishnah Gravidez is Miss World PH 2024

The Manila Times 20 Jul 2024
Patricia Bianca Tapia of Batangas was named Miss Philippines Tourism 2024; Dia Mate of Cavite was named Reina Hispano-Americana Filipinas 2024; Nikki Buenafe of Pangasinan was named Miss Multinational Philippines; and Jeanne Isabelle Bilasano of Bicol Region was named Face of Beauty International Philippines....

Bicol police add layer of security to Marcos' 3rd SONA

The Philadelphia Inquirer 20 Jul 2024
LEGAZPI CITY, PhilippinesThe Police Regional Office-Bicol (PRO5) will enhance border control and checkpoint operations to thwart ......

Baguio City's Krishna Marie Gravidez crowned Miss World Philippines 2024

Manila Bulletin 20 Jul 2024
Patricia Bianca Tapia, Batangas City, Miss Tourism Philippines 2024; Deanna Marie Mate, Cavite, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2024; Nikhisah Buenafe Cheveh, Pangasinan, Miss Multinational Philippines 2024; and Jeanne Isabelle Bilasano, Bicol, Face of Beauty Philippines 2024....

Miss World Philippines: Top 10 bets named; Baguio's Krishnah Gravidez reaps awards

The Philadelphia Inquirer 19 Jul 2024
Click this link for the Miss World Philippines 2024 live updates! Delegates from Manila, Baguio and Bicol were among those who made it to the Top 10 ......

Bad weather prompts cancellation of some domestic flights on Wednesday

The Philadelphia Inquirer 17 Jul 2024
...Bicol) PR2922 (BicolManila) CebGo DG6206 (Cebu to Bicol) DG6207 (Bicol to Cebu) DG6195 (Manila […]......

Canceled flights due to bad weather

The Manila Times 17 Jul 2024
MANILA, Philippines — Domestic flights were cancelled due to bad weather, the country's aviation regulator said on Wednesday ... Philippine Airlines....

Police should receive training in new criminal probe rules – solon

The Philadelphia Inquirer 16 Jul 2024
MANILA, PhilippinesPolice officers should receive training in updated criminal investigation and inquest proceedings, Bicol Saro party-list Rep....

'Magkano?': Villafuerte believes 'citizenship-for-a-price' racket has produced 'tons of money'

Manila Bulletin 16 Jul 2024
For starters, the Bicol congressman, said authorities should find out how foreign nationals have been able to secure official documents from the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) or the Bureau of Immigration (BI), so they can pass themselves off as legit Filipinos and then engage in businesses that are mere fronts for criminal syndicates....

'Dapat galingan': Yamsuan wants cops to keep up with DOJ's updated investigation rules

Manila Bulletin 16 Jul 2024
Bicol Saro Party-list Rep. Brian Yamsuan (Facebook) ... The Philippine National Police (PNP) must strengthen its training and continuing education programs for police officers to ensure that they can keep up with the stringent guidelines on evidence gathering and case build-up set by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Thus, said Bicol Saro Party-list Rep ... ....

WMSU mentor wins IREC best presenter award in NY

The Manila Times 14 Jul 2024
and the Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology (BISCAST). It was participated by various Philippine private higher education institutions (HEIs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs), Department of Education (DepEd) ......

Bicol’s Abaca, a hit at Tokyo Lifestyle Week

Manila Bulletin 11 Jul 2024
Did you know that abaca comprises 40 percent of the Japanese currency?” asked Med Villanueva of Shelmed Cottage Treasures and the Philippine Exporters Confederation (Philexport) in Bicol ... She and a number of creative businesses were in Japan to showcase what the Bicol region can bring to the international lifestyle space....

Farmers in Mayon find new hope in cacao

Manila Bulletin 10 Jul 2024
Mayon, an active volcano in the Bicol region of the Philippines, farmers have discovered a different kind of gold that has been there for centuries—cacao ... He realized then that many of the slum dwellers were from the province, specifically Bicol, and decided to go to the source of poverty....

Muslim New Year, new beginnings

The Manila Times 10 Jul 2024
THE Islamic New Year brought me to Bicol on a mission to ascertain the status of our Muslim cemeteries. The Philippines might see the first interfaith cemetery outside Manila in the Bicol Region because of land dedicated to a cemetery for both religions, for instance, in Legaspi City....