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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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”

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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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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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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Iloilo is a province in the region of Western Visayas in the Philippines. It occupies a major southeast portion of the island of Panay and is bordered by the province of Antique to the west, Capiz to the north, the Jintotolo Channel to the northeast, the Guimaras Strait to the east, and the Iloilo Strait and Panay Gulf to the southwest. Continue reading “ILOILO”

Bataan Province

Bataan is the name of a province on the Bataan Peninsula of the large island of Luzon.  It is bordered by the provinces of Zambales and Pampanga to the north. The peninsula faces South China Sea to the west and encloses Manila Bay to the east.

Capital: Balanga City

Other Famous Cities in Bataan: Dinalupihan, Mariveles, Morong, Orion, Hermosa

The Battle of Bataan was one of the last stands of American and Filipino soldiers before they were overwhelmed by imperial Japanese forces during World War II.

Bataan is the site of the only attempt to build a nuclear power plant in the earthquake-prone nation of the Philippines.

Nicknames of Filipino Cities

Here are a few popular nicknames of cities in the Philippines:

Bacolod, Negros Occidental
“City of Smiles”

San Pablo, Laguna
“City of Buko Pie”
“City of Seven Lakes”

“The Queen City of the South”

“City of Flowers”
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