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The Philippines, Land of 7,107 Islands!

Updated on May 14, 2015

The Philippines

My native land, the Philippines is an archipelago, comprising of 7,107 islands. Roughly only a thousand or so are inhabited. A Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, discovered the Philippines on March 16, 1521. It was also called the "Pearl of the Orient Seas" by the Spanish missionaries. One of the biggest pearl was found in this country, which is rich in natural resources. The name Philippines , was derived from King Philip II of Spain in the 16th century. Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos used the name Las Islas Filipinas in honor of the king of Spain. The country has 3 major islands: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The capital city is Manila. I came from Bacolod City in the island of Negros in Visayas. We have more than 85 dialects known, but we have a national language, Tagalog, that we can speak to communicate with other people of different dialects. According to the Philippines Demographics profile 2012, Philippines has a population of 101,833.938 estimated July 2011. Climate is tropical - hot and humid. Summer monsoons brings heavy rain in most of the country from May to October. It has two seasons: the dry season -November to April and the rest are wet season . Philippines suffers annual visits of dangerous typhoons/storms from July to October but can occur on any month.

About Magellan.... - By: Yoyoy Villame

This is a comic presentation of the Philippine history...I hope you will be entertained watching this video.

One of the Cities in Negros Island in Visayas, is Bacolod. A highly urbanized and considered the greenest city in the Philippines. Home of the world renown Masskara Festival.

Bacolod City Home of the Masskara Festival - Picture from Bacolod City official website

Please visit my other page about the Masskara Festival in Bacolod City.

Mambukal Resort - near Bacolod City

Pictures by: viewphotos.org

Mambukal Resort, Bacolod - Picture by: happysteps.net

The Ruins - Picture from Tripadvisor.com

The Ruins is what remained of the grand mansion that sugar baron, Don Mariano Lacson built, following the death of his first wife, Maria Braga. Built in memory of his beloved wife, the mansion became the residence of Don Mariano and his unmarried children. It is located at Silay, Negros Occidental, near Bacolod City. It became a tourist attraction. The mansion was destroy in the early part of world war II when the United States Armed Forces, then guerrilla fighters in the philippines, burned the mansion to prevent Japanese armies from using it as their garrison. The 903 square meter structure still stands tall in the midst of sugar plantations and continues to amazed both local and international tourists.

This mansion was burned by US army fighters to prevent the Japanese army from using the mansion at their headquarters. It took 3 days to burn the thick flooring of the mansion.

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      SimonJay 3 years ago

      7,107 islands that's insane i had no idea it was that many, i also didn't know it was discovered by the Portuguese i used to tell the Filipino girl that i knew her country would often reminder me of Portugal now i know why lol. Btw the Tinikling dance is amazing

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      You have presented Philippines very well through this lens. Would love to visit the place. Lately have been watching a lot programs about Philippines on TV Travel Channel.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I often go to Bacolod as I have many friends there.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Well done lens as I enjoyed reading and learning more about PI. it was interesting to see where you lived and learn some more about your cultures. The times I visited PI it was usually during the monsoon season so really didn't get to do or see very much during the downpours. i can remember one visit I attended a Festival where they were doing the "Tinikling" dance. i was really amazed that the dancers were not getting their ankles caught in the bamboo poles like I did when I tried to do the Tinikling dance. The next day, needless to say, my ankles were black-n-blue plus a little sore. However, I had fun at the Festival and it was a good clear day without the downpour. Anyway, Thank You for stopping by a couple of my lenses and giving each of them a "thumbs up" and a "blessing" as I really appreciate it. Have a Great day! (^_-)

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      I enjoyed reading about the Philippines; great lens!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I enjoyed this temendously.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I like traveling and no doubt i would always raise my hand and tell everybody "Yes i want to go to Philippines".

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I've never been to the Philippines, but I've heard it is a beautiful country to visit. Perhaps someday I will see it too.

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I really enjoyed you lens about the Philippines. I had only passed through the islands on my way back to the USA from Thailand, and only stayed overnight. So, I didn't get to see anything but a barracks.

      TonyB

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Beautiful article. Thank you for publishing it. I really enjoyed my visit here. I wish I were closer so that I could come often.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, mom!

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      Annbulance2000 5 years ago

      Very interesting will be back to see more videos, there is a lot here.

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      coolmon2009 lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens on the Philippines; I didn't know you are from Bacolod City. When I visited my friend in Davao City back in early 2011, I flew into Cebu airport before arriving at my final destination of Davao international. Nice lens I will have to watch the other videos later when i have more time.

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      I loved reading this and learning about the Philippines. One day I hope that I can visit!

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Your lens has certainly prompting me to plan a journey to Philippines. Seems to be a wonderful country.

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      Philippines sounds like a wonderful country to visit.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would love to visit the Philippines. I have so many nice people from there, who have moved to the US. They have regular gatherings here in Fargo, ND.

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: It's nice to know you've been to the Philippines!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I hope to get back there one day. I have many wonderful memories of living there.

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      It's good to hear that you are proud of your country.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      beautiful place to visit

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      @JoyfulPamela2: Thanks Pamela, I appreciate your visit!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      The Philippines look like such a wonderful place! :)