Documentary : Know Philippines

phillipinesThe Philippines, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines (FilipinoRepúblika ng Pilipinas), is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan; west across the South China Sea sits Vietnam; southwest is the island of Borneoacross the Sulu Sea, and to the south the Celebes Sea separates it from other islands of Indonesia; while to the east it is bounded by the Philippine Sea and the island-nation of Palau. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator make the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world’s greatest biodiversity. At 300,000 square kilometers (115,831 sq mi), the Philippines is the 73rd-largest country in the world, consisting of an archipelago of 7,107 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions:LuzonVisayas, and Mindanao. Its capital city is Manila while its most populous city is Quezon City.

With a population of more than 98 million people, the Philippines is the seventh-most populated country in Asia and the12th most populated country in the world. An additional 12 million Filipinos live overseas, comprising one of the world’s largest and most influential diasporas.  Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands. In prehistoric times,Negritos were some of the archipelago’s earliest inhabitants. They were followed by successive waves of Austronesian peoples who traded with MalayIndian, and Islamic states. Various nations were established under the rule of DatusRajahsSultans orLakans. Trade with China also introduced Chinese culture and settlement, which remain present to this day.

The arrival of Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 marked the beginning of an era of Spanish interest and eventual colonization. In 1543, Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos named the archipelago Las Islas Filipinas in honor of Philip II of Spain. The Spanish Empire began to settle with the arrival of Miguel López de Legazpi from New Spain (present day Mexico) in 1565 who established the first Spanish settlement in the archipelago, which remained a Spanish colony for more than 300 years.This resulted in the predominant religion in the country to be Roman Catholicism and it is one of two countries in Asia; the other being East Timor. During this time, Manila became the Asian hub of the Manila–Acapulco galleon fleet.

As the 19th century gave way to the 20th, there followed in quick succession the Philippine Revolution, which spawned the short-lived First Philippine Republic; the Spanish–American War; and the Philippine–American War. In the aftermath, the United States emerged as the dominant power; aside from the period of Japanese occupation, the United States retained sovereignty over the islands. After World War II, the Treaty of Manila recognized and restored the Philippine Republic as an independent nation.  Since then, the Philippines has had an often tumultuous experience with democracy, with popular “people power” movements overthrowing a dictatorship in one instance, but also underlining the institutional weaknesses of its constitutional republic in others. The Philippines currently has one of Asia’s fastest growing economies, and the nation’s large population size and economic potential have led it to be classified as a middle power.

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Courtesy : BBC Travel, DokuTravel, YouTube and Wikipedia

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    • You are Welcome🙂 Hope you enjoyed this one.

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      • yes, thank you. much has been written about the Filipino’s fight for democracy. sadly, some of us don’t realize what democracy really means. often, too much freedom is not good. it gives leaders and followers chance to freely do what they want. from the time Marcos was ousted many thought citizens will benefit from it. on the contrary, there was more corruption, poverty, standard and quality of education became so poor, next-in-line leaders became greedier and still Philippines did not really progress. What now is democracy for if there is little development? Too much freedom, little progress. i am not against the present administration. this is just an observation. i hope they’d see the big difference before and after the Marcos regime.

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        • True.. Every country now faces the transit effects of Democracy and Freedom. By default human minds will crave for the bad things, greediness as you said.

          Here too in India we face many issues on corruption and education. Meantime we people are getting aware of what happens on global level on various countries.

          Hope we all learn from one another and educate younger generation and Progress positive towards a better life.

          I am glad to know you. By the art works of you and your kids really amazed me. If you prefer, we can post a cover story on “Amazing Arts and Artists” section on our blog.

          Please let me know.

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        • yes, why not 🙂

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        • 🙂 Thank you so much. Just I need an introductory bio of you & anything interesting you want mention about your art works and the images you wish me to share.. You can mail it to dinesh@propelsteps.com

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        • might be able to do this after christmas (?) we’ll see. have a lovely holiday, Din.

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  6. “Middle power’ has a nice ring to it.🙂
    Blessings,
    belsbror

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