About Philippines - A Journey and Guide in Knowing Pilipinas 7,100 Islands

Learn more about Philippines, an agricultural country in the East via our family's interesting experiences.

A review of everything we know about this wonderful island consisting of more or less 7,100 islets. This number only depend on the tide whether it's low or high.

This figure is a theoretically accepted fact for so many years and as of today, nobody I have legally heard who have contested it.


About Philippines

Let us take you to with us on our journey and do a story telling like Lola Basyang to you about old folk tales and legends from which all 3 of us (Sam, Ana and our one and only daughter, TJ) had grown to become wise and law abiding citizens of this archipelago in the South East Asia.


Allow us to have you mesmerized by the beauty of what Pilipinas had to offer whether you are a tourist planning a trip to our beaches and go nature tripping or a balikbayan welcoming your hometown once more or would like to see a choice of diversity in other provinces or an alien on our land looking to be fascinated to learn the diverse Filipino culture more than its marine sanctuaries under the blue sea or somebody looking to learn to speak our native Filipino / Tagalog language. Get to know the people, eat Pinoy food, celebrate with us in our popularly colorful countless Philippine festivals, tradition and celebration months. See places and decide on choices where you can go to for summer and know your choices the whole year round even when the rain comes which is part of our geography of weather / climate seasons on a yearly visit.

Allow us to tell you our story about Philippines, this wonderful paradise in the midst of the Pacific Ocean where beautiful Pinays, loyal to their beloved can only be found. Date them, marry them or love them, "till death do you part". Adore the natural beauty of the people, brown on their skin yet proud of their diversity in race influences and fall in love with the 7,100 islands. See how vast nature has blessed us with widely covered natural and marine & aquatic resources. Yes!, we also want you to know about how you can enjoy life if you retire in the Philippines and your choices of where best to stay in old age like the cool places of Baguio and Benguet or Tagaytay.

Our story also looks forward to reveal and let you know how the government stands and serves its people and the laws that govern the land and us, the Filipinos (otherwise called Pinoys) in our society. If you are up for business ventures, we have business ideas in the Philippines that would enlighten you with how wise it is to invest in our current secure business and financing climate and how online development and availability has greatly influenced the living standards of Pinoys here and abroad.

Know more about Philippines and create your own image of what it is all about more than just the word of mouth you heard or read pertaining to this beautiful land and why we say that certainly, "It's More Fun In The Philippines!" or why many who've come won't leave without saying - Wow! Philippines.

Yes, our country is a beauty in diversified forms of joy from the people, the culture, travel and tourism, business, education and language, culture, agriculture and more. Like our local king of the street transportation, the jeepney (a local vehicle used to transport people to and from a destination) from which an old world war 2 jeep was basically refurbished, recycled, re-painted with beautiful colors given a roof and seats for the passengers became the major transportation taking people to places with familiar cheap transportation cost up to today.

Unique as we know about Philippines as our country compared to what the Western world has to offer, my family, our family believes that it is our land and we ought to be proud about it, hence was born - My Pilipinas.Com. Travel, experience and enjoy the land of the rising sun today, tomorrow and days to come. We welcome you in knowing more about Philippines and Mabuhay! - Sam, Ana and TJ

15 Philippine Presidents

There are currently 15 Philippine presidents who have served the country and the Filipino people. Below is the list with their respective reigns and year of service with corresponding supporting party or group.

  1. Emilio Aguinaldo - (1869–1964) - Independent Party / Katipunan
  2. Manuel L. Quezon - (1878–1944) - Ncionalista
  3. José P. Laurel - (1891–1959) - KALIBAPI
  4. Sergio Osmeña - (1878–1961) - Nacionalista
  5. Manuel Roxas - (1892–1948) - Liberal
  6. Elpidio Quirino - (1890–1956) - Liberal
  7. Ramon Magsaysay - (1907–1957) - Nacionalista
  8. Carlos P. Garcia - (1896–1971) - Nacionalista
  9. Diosdado Macapagal - (1910–1997) - Liberal
  10. Ferdinand Marcos - (1917–1989) Nacionalista / KBL
  11. Corazon Aquino - (1933–2009) - PDP LABAN / UNIDO
  12. Fidel V. Ramos - (1928– ) - LAKAS
  13. Joseph Estrada - (1937– ) - LAMP
  14. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo - (1947– ) - LAKAS / KAMPI
  15. Benigno Aquino III - (1960– ) - Liberal

Philippine Tourist Spots

Being a tropical country inhabited with so many islands, most you will find as a tourist destination are Philippine beaches. These beautiful and diverse long coastlines were usually where you will find tourists flocking during summer months in the country (March - June) yearly. We have listed these tourist spots so visitors and local Pinoys may know 1001 reasons why they must visit the whole Philippines first before going abroad to have fun.

VISAYAS TOURIST SPOTS

LUZON TOURIST SPOTS

MINDANAO TOURIST SPOTS

About Philippines Health Wellness, Alternative and Traditional Medicine

Traditional as most may call it but Pinoys love the art of healing by use of natural medicines. An age old tradition of ways to cure and apply natural secrets from nature's best offers of herbal plants combined with historic beliefs of our lolo and lola with their alternative cures to common kid's illness. That is what we've gone used to in terms of health and wellness and I must say up to this new generation in 2014, Pinoys still go to shamans and "manghihilot" and yes, to the traditions of holistic healing where most who don't have the money to spend for hospitals find refuge and cure with naturopathists in the likes of Dr. Tam Mateo, Dr.Edinell Calvario and others. We love to do most healing based from what our elders beliefs as we have come to believe also in terms of healing the sick by natural approach.

From traditional hilot to the use of herbs and plants to remedy and cure common illness to naturopathy practice and use of unique techniques in diagnosing the health of a person, name it, Filipinos have it.

The Filipino Culture

Diverse as it is, the culture of the Filipino people can be traced with what the country has undergone in terms of colonization in the early times of pre-war. This is the time when other conquistadors from a foreign land started to discover the vast agricultural rich land of Pilipinas. This is also when these great conquerors realized how beautiful and ideal Philippines is. Yes, all that has greatly and vastly influenced the Filipino culture. Reason enough why we have unique wedding traditions and suits and dress.

Pinoy Music and OPM

We can trace back the old music scene in the Philippines dating back probably in the 40's where we have most of our influence coming from the United States when the war set in. That time, American soldiers were the teachers in schools and they taught us our first hymn.

The first songs we've learned still somehow linger in the lips of our ancestors, our great great great grand fathers and mothers and we can still hear them in some areas in the province and Manila from our parents. If you ask me today about Philippines music, I would say it is no longer here.

The influence may still linger around in the melody but the tradition that we've gone through in terms of writing good lyrics might have been forgotten. I'm just glad the songs still live in the spirit and can be heard through some good samaritan Pinoys uploading old kundiman and love song over in YouTube.Com

The Philippine Government

Philippine government had different agencies taking care of needs and welfare of the Filipino people. Below is a list of the different institutions that serve Pinoys both in the country as well as abroad.

DFA Branches and Consulate Offices Abroad

Different Social Security System Branches

About Philippines Travel

LUZON

VISAYAS

MINDANAO


AIR TRAVEL

LAND TRAVEL

SEA TRAVEL

Philippine Resorts

About Philippines Complete List of Antipolo Resorts

About Philippines Complete List of Batangas Resorts

About Philippines Bohol Resorts

List of Complete Boracay Resorts

Complete List of Cavite Resorts

Complete List of Laguna Resorts

Complete List of Palawan Resorts

Complete List of Quezon Province Resorts

Tagalog as the Dominant Filipino Language

Philippine Dress and Costumes

What more would you want to know about Philippines if you won't give a visit to our age old history when it comes to dress and costumes. We've been conquered, inhabited and dominated by perhaps half of the world conquistadors. This makes the country have one of the most interesting tradition in terms of wearing styled dress or costumes. We've been made so influenced and diverse that sometimes I think the only one truly local and untouched dress we have are those that we call "bahag", worn by the first inhabitants and native Filipinos.

Philippine Provinces

There are currently about 82 different provinces present in the island of the Philippines. Out of this figure will rise categorization types to divide the numbers. This also includes Metro Manila in the list below.

Abra
Agusan del Norte
Agusan del Sur
Aklan
Albay
Antique
Apayao
Aurora
Basilan
Bataan
Batanes
Batangas
Benguet
Biliran
Bohol
Bukidnon
Bulacan
Cagayan
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Camiguin   

Capiz
Catanduanes
Cavite
Cebu
Compostela Valley
Cotabato
Davao del Norte
Davao del Sur
Davao Oriental
Dinagat Islands
Eastern Samar
Guimaras
Ifugao
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
Iloilo
Isabela
Kalinga
La Union
Laguna
Lanao del Norte

Lanao del Sur
Leyte
Maguindanao
Marinduque
Masbate
Metro Manila
Misamis Occidental
Misamis Oriental
Mountain Province
Negros Occidental
Negros Oriental
Northern Samar
Nueva Ecija
Nueva Vizcaya
Occidental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro
Palawan
Pampanga
Pangasinan
Quezon
Quirino

Rizal
Romblon
Samar
Sarangani
Shariff Kabunsuan
Siquijor
Sorsogon
South Cotabato
Southern Leyte
Sultan Kudarat
Sulu
Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Sur
Tarlac
Tawi-Tawi
Zambales
Zamboanga del Norte
Zamboanga del Sur
Zamboanga Sibugay

Filipino Festivals

As part of our culture, Filipinos are in to so many yearly celebrations called fiesta. These local festivals are what it is about Philippines because they light up the streets of different provinces and give meaning and color to numerous events held for so many years in commemoration of a feast and bountiful harvest from nature. The list goes on and on and one can only admit that Pinoys do really love to celebrate and enjoy it as Catholics, Muslims and other religions and sects alike. During these celebration in summer months, many tourists flock and visit the country for early hotel reservation which makes provinces earn from tourism. Let us reveal them all to you below.

List of Festivals in the Philippines

  • Apribada -- Donsol, Sorsogon -- 4th week of January
  • Arya! Abra Festival -- Abra -- March
  • Ati-atihan Kalibo -- Aklan -- 3rd weekend of January
  • Bayluhay Festival -- San Joaquin, Iloilo -- 3rd Saturday of January
  • Black Nazarene -- Quiapo, Manila -- January 9
  • Biniray - Romblon - January 9
  • Bonok-Bonok Festival -- Surigao -- September
  • Carabao Festival San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; Pulilan, Bulacan; Angono, Rizal May 15
  • Caracol sa Makati -- Makati City, Manila -- last Sunday in January
  • Catandungan Festival Catanduanes October
  • Chinese New Year Chinatowns Late January or early February
  • Cutud Lenten Rites San Fernando, Pampanga April
  • Daro Sinulog - Dumaguete, Negros Oriental - 3rd week of January
  • Dia de Zamboanga Festival Zamboanga City February 26
  • Dinagyang Iloilo City 4th Sunday of January
  • EDSA Day -- Mandaluyong City -- February 25
  • Flores de Mayo Nationwide Month of May
  • Festival of Hearts -- Tanjay City, Negros Oriental -- February 14
  • Grand Cordillera Festival Baguio City November
  • Helubong Festival Lake Sebu, South Cotobato Second week of November
  • Hot Air Balloon -- Clark Subic, Zambales -- February 9-12
  • Ibalong Festival Albay Second week of October
  • International Bamboo Organ Festival Las Piñas Church February 15 to 25
  • Kaamulan Festival Malaybalay, Bukidnon Late February to early March
  • Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival Davao City 3rd week of August
  • Kagayhaan Festival Cagayan de Oro August 28
  • Kahimonan Abayan Festival Butuan City July
  • Kalilangan Festival -- General Santos City -- 4th week of February
  • Kansilay Festival Silay City, Negros Occidental November 5 - 13
  • Kinabayo Festival Dapitan City July 24
  • Lantern Festival San Fernando, Pampanga December 24
  • Lanzones Festival Camiguin October25-28
  • Lingayen Gulf Landing - January 9
  • Lubli-Lubi Festival Calubia, Leyte August 15
  • Maradjao Karadjao Festival Surigao City September
  • MassKara Festival Bacolod City Third weekend of October
  • Misa de Gallo Nationwide Starts December 16
  • Moriones Festival Boac, Mogpog & Gasal, Marinduque Holy Week
  • Mudpack Festival Murcia, Negros Occidental June 24
  • Our Lady of Candles Festival Jara, Iloilo February 2
  • Pagoda Festival Bocaue, Bulacan July
  • Pahiyas sa Quezon Sariaya, Lucban, Tayabas in Quezon May 15
  • Palo-Palo Festival Batanes August
  • Pamulinawen Festival Laoag City, Ilocos Norte February
  • Parada ng Lechon Balayan, Batangas June 24
  • Peñafrancia Festival Naga City, Camarines Sur 3rd Saturday of September
  • Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) Baguio Flower Festival Late February - Early March
  • Piat Sambali Festival Cagayan Last week of June
  • Pilgrimage on a Caravan La Union, Pangasinan Lenten Month
  • Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Tacloban, Leyte June 29
  • Pinta Flores Festival San Carlos City 3-5 November 3-5
  • Pinyahan sa Dael Daet, Camarines Norte June 15-24
  • Sagayan Festival Tubod, Lanao del Norte First week of July
  • San Clemente Higantes Festival Angono, Rizal November 23
  • Sandugo Festival Tagbilaran City July 1-2
  • San Fernando, La Union Festival -- La Union -- February 7-10
  • Santacruzan Nationwide Month of May
  • Sarakiki Hadang Festival Calbayog City, Samar September 7
  • Sayaw sa Obando Obando May 17, 18, and 19
  • Shariff Kabunsuan Festival Cotabato City Third week of December
  • Sinukwan Festival San Fernando, Pampanga Early December
  • Sinulog Cebu City, Cebu 3rd Sunday of January
  • Sinulog de Tanjay Festival Tanjay, Negros Oriental July
  • Suman Festival -- Baler, Aurora Quezon Province -- 3rd Week of February
  • Sumbali Festival Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya A Week in August
  • Taong Putik Festival Aliaga, Nueva Ecija June 24
  • Tawo-Tawo Festival -- Bayawan City -- February 17
  • T'boli Tribal Festival Lake Sebu, South Cotobato September
  • Tinagba Festival Iriga City, Camarines Sur February 11
  • Turumba Festival Pakil, Laguna Week before Holy Week
  • Vigan Town Fiesta -- Vigan Ilocos -- January 25
  • Zamboanga La Hermosa Festival Zamboanga City October 1-12
  • Zambulawan Festival Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur 3rd Sunday of January

Filipino Food, Lost Hidden Cuisines and Exotic Delicacies

Our country is know to have a diversified set of food and exotic delicacies in Asia. Perhaps one of the many were known to have come from other countries who have influenced our cuisine preference during the conquests made in our land. Let us give light and glory to this celebration as we open up a list of truly unique set of food preparations you can only find different about Philippines. We have the list below.

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