News on Business in the Philippines

The economy of the Philippines is expected to grow by 6.7% this year, making it the best-performing economy in Southeast Asia.

The truth about Ramar Foods’ Magnolia Ice Cream in the USA. Watch the video below from the real Magnolia Ice Cream of the Philippines.

Note that Ramar Foods is NOT the Magnolia ice cream you knew growing up in the Philippines. Always check the label.

Boycott Ramar’s Orientex Lumpia!! Boycott Ramar’s Magnolia Imitation!!

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Annual Festivals of the Philippines

Kadayawan Festival 2017: August 15-21

Listahan ng Mga Taunang Kapistahan sa Pilipinas

Filipino Celebrations: Feasts & Festivals
Filipino Celebrations: Feasts & Festivals


Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan – January

Sinulog Festival of Cebu – third Sunday of January

Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo – January 20-22, 2017

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Filipino? Tagalog? Pilipino?

The basis for the Philippine national language is Tagalog, which had primarily been spoken only in Manila and the surrounding provinces when the Commonwealth constitution was drawn up in the 1930s. That constitution provided for a national language, but did not specifically designate it as Tagalog because of objections raised by representatives from other parts of the country where Tagalog was not spoken. It merely stated that a national language acceptable to the entire populace (and ideally incorporating elements from the diverse languages spoken throughout the islands) would be a future goal. Tagalog, of course, by virtue of being the lingua franca of those who lived in or near the government capital, was the predominant candidate.

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National Symbols of the Philippines

Pambansang Awit: Lupang Hinirang (the entire song is translated into English as “Land of the Morning“). National Anthem: Lupang Hinirang

Pambansang Ibon: Agila ng Pilipinas (Pithecophaga jeffery)
National Bird: Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jeffery)

Kalabaw / Carabao
Kalabaw / Carabao

Pambansang Hayop: Kalabaw (Bubalus bubalis)
National Animal: Carabao (Bubalus bubalis)

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According to Google’s Zeitgeist 2008, Bohol was the sixth most searched for travel destination by Filipinos in the Philippines.


The island province of Bohol is located in the middle of the Philippines in the Visayas region. It is a popular tourist destination not only because of the Chocolate Hills, but also for its beaches and diving attractions.

 Chocolate Hills
Bohol’s Chocolate Hills

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Kapampangan or Capampan͠gan refers to the language and people of Pampanga province. It is also known as Pampango or Pampangueño. A woman from Pampanga is called a Pampangueña.

Kapampangan ka ba?
Are you a native of Pampanga?

Marunong ka bang magsalita ng Kapampangan?
= Marunong ka bang mangapampangan?
Do you know how to speak Capampangan?

Note that Kapampangan is NOT a mere dialect, but a language very distinct from Tagalog.

Click here for examples of Kapampangan words and phrases!

Mga Hayop na Matatagpuan sa Pilipinas

Mga Hayop na Matatagpuan sa Pilipinas

Animals That Can Be Found in the Philippines

Philippine Tarsier
Philippine Tarsier

Philippine Tarsier
scientific name: Tarsius syrichta
known locally as the Maumag in Visayan
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Ilocano or Ilokano

Ilocano is a language very distinct from Tagalog. Variously spelled as Ilocano, Ilokano, Ilukano, Ilucano, Iluko, Iloco or Iloko, it is the third most-spoken language in the Philippines. Continue reading “Ilocano or Ilokano”