Location, Size & Boundaries

Location: The Philippines comprises an archipelago of some 7,107 islands located off Southeast Asia, between the South  China Sea on the west and the Philippine Sea on the east. The major islands are Luzon in the north, the Visayan Islands  in the middle, and Mindanao in the south. Continue reading “Location, Size & Boundaries”


PANGASINAN

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

Hundred Islands, Philippines
Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan

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Sarangani Bay

Sarangani Bay is located on the southern tip of Mindanao in the Philippines.

General Santos City, one of the country’s most important ports, and also the hometown of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, is located at the head of the bay.

The province of Sarangani, created in 1992, is named after the bay. A festival known to the locals as Sarbay Fest is held in the area every year in the third week of May. It is possibly the most popular beach event in the southern region of the Philippines.

Sarangani Bay

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SAMPERNANDU

This is NOT a Tagalog word.

It is the Kapampangan rendering of “San Fernando,” which is the name of the provincial capital of Pampanga.
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BOHOL

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

WHAT TO SEE IN BOHOL

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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Philippine Geography (Song)

Philippine Geography is a delightful song by the hilarious Filipino singer Yoyoy Villame. It serves as a useful mnemonic for the many important cities, provinces and regions of the Philippines!

 SONG  LYRICS

Philippines has a great history, according to our geography
Manila is the capital city, docking point from the other country
Metro Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Pasay, Makati, Marikina, Pasig,
Zapote, Malabon, Las Piñas, Parañaque

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Basic Country Facts

The Philippines is an archipelago nation of more than 7,100 islands, with a coastline that stretches 10,850 miles — twice the length of the coastline of California. The islands are mountainous and in total have a land area of 115,831 square miles.

The country lies off the southeast coast of the Asian mainland between Borneo and Taiwan. It is surrounded in the west by the South China Sea, in the east by the Pacific Ocean, in the south by the Sulu and Celebes seas, and in the north by the Bashi Channel.

The islands are divided into three major regions: Luzon, the largest island in the north; the Visayas, an island group in the center; and Mindanao, the largest island in the south. Many Filipina girls are named Luzviminda (LUZ-on, VI-sayas, MIN-danao) by their parents. It’s a uniquely Filipino name.

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Environment & Natural Resources

Climate: The Philippines has a tropical marine climate, with the northeast monsoon, which produces a cool, dry season from December to February, and the southwest monsoon, which brings rain and high temperatures from May to October. Between March and May, hot, dry weather prevails. Temperatures in Manila range from 21C to 3 C, with an average annual temperature of 27 C. Temperatures elsewhere in the Philippines have been recorded at more than 37 C. The average monthly humidity ranges from 71 percent in March to 85 percent in September. Annual rainfall is heavy but varies widely throughout the Philippines, ranging from 965 millimeters in some sheltered valleys and the southern tip of the island of Mindanao to 5,000 millimeters along the mountainous east coasts of the islands of Luzon, Samar, and the northern tip of Mindanao. The Philippines lies astride the typhoon belt and experiences 15 to 20 typhoons a year from July through October, of which five or six may cause serious destruction and death. Continue reading “Environment & Natural Resources”