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The Philippines, Land of 7,107 Islands!
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 LÃ³pez 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.
Bacolod City website
More information about Bacolod...
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.
Have you been to the Philippines?
Treasures that are found in the Philippines.