Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Regional Division

The National Census and Statistics Office has divided the Philippines into thirteen geographical regions, including the National Capital Region. (This might change if the projected autonomous Cordillera area and that in Mindanao will be approved.) The criteria used in this division were
1. geographical balance, 2. socioeconomic conditions, 3.political administration, and 4. transportation patterns.

Studies leading to this new regionalization began in November 1970 as a result of the desire for a national physical framework on which to base long-range infrastructure development programs. The study sought to integrate and coordinate resources, investments, and construction to improve the national and regional geography of settlement, industries, general human activities, and infrastructure (roads, bridges, airfields, and ports.)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

My Japanese Name

Thanks Bregie for this nice tag!

For the instructions, add your name on the list and simply spell out your name using the given Japanese letter- translations below. Tag six of your friends and inform them of the tag. Have fun.


A - ka G - ji M - rin S - ari Y - fu

B - tu H - ri N - to T - chi Z - zi

C - mi I - ki O - mo U - do

D - te J - zu P - no V - ru V - ru

E - ku K - me Q - ke W - mei W - mei

F - lu L - ta R - shi X - na X - na

1. OSWALD - moarimeikatate (sounds like american and states har....har...har...)

2. JUNELLE - zudotokutataku (Thank God I’m a Filipino! sounds like sadako. nyay! hehehe)

3. JACQUELINE - zukamikedokutakitoku (Ayay!! Unsaman ni perti mang taasa..wa ko kasabot nyahahaha)

4. LERMA - takushirinka ( I’ll use this name if I’m in Japan!)

5. BREGIE -tushikujikiku ( Wah....ang sagwa hehehehe)

6. Thata----chirikachika (aw lami man pod pakingan )

Pass this tag to Craig, Sheng, Babette, Dhaqueen, Anakjagung, Rolly

Monday, April 28, 2008

Filipino-American War

In the Filipino-American War, this rugged terrain of mountains and forest, unfamiliar to the Americans, delayed the end of the war by only a few months.

Such physical barrier also delayed Japan's conquest of the Philippines and upset its military timetable. Thus, Bataan and Corregidor stopped Japan's march to Australia. Furthermore, in the three years of Japanese army exhausted and busy in the Islands.

Lastly, the rich natural resources of the country developed with the help of American capital and technical know-how, accelerated the growth of Philippine economy and industry, and enable America to exert a powerful influence over our country's political machinery and over the whole of Southeast Asia.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

A Country's History

To a large extend, the location climate, and physical features of a country determine the course of its history and politics.Such a relation is termed as geopolitics and geohistory.

It was said that the earliest in the Philippines found the, conditions in the islands conducive to living. The climate was good and the soil was rich and fertile. Hence, farming was easy. The rains were plentiful, and the sea abounded in marine life. Thus, the promise of a peaceful and a productive life drew migrants to the archipelago.

In the three-hundred and thirty-three years of Spanish domination, environment played a major role's in the country's history and politics. The Philippine islands were separated from each other by wide expanses of rough seas, thus rendering communication between islands difficult. Furthermore, its rugged terrain of mountains and forests prevented regions from joining other regions, and islands to other islands. This geographical condition kept the people divided by physical barriers and, later, made Spanish conquest and subjugation easy.

During the revolutionary era, this physical environment worked both ways. Some factors favored the Spaniards. The Spaniards colonizers had control of the seas and a transport system, using the roads and seas. However, the distance of the Philippine's from Spain made the sending of reinforcements difficult, thus favoring the revolutionary cause.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

''Q'' Tag

Got this tag from joy thanks to Joy for giving me a chance to express my feelings. This a good and interesting Tag.

1.Answer the Kid’s Question by Gregory Stock, PH.D.
Don’t respond as you think others want you to. Respond the way you actually feel!

2. Add your name (linked to your blog)

3. Tag everybody else!

Kid’s Question #1If you were the ruler of the world and you could have anything you wanted as well as have people do anything you wanted, do you think you would get greedy and mean or would you be a good and fair ruler?

Answer : Wish it could be happen to me he . he .. he.. If it could be happen that I will be the ruler of the world,I am not mean and greedy co'z i want that all people will love each other and helpful without a cost.No hassle, not selfish,no quarelling, most no backfighting (at walang ingitera) as what we see peoples character as of now. I will punish all of them if they have a character like i mention.Even thuogh being a ruler is not an easy task but I will do my best to be good and fair as a ruler, to make myself a good example to all my people and community.

Jhong, Alpha, Women explore, Em, Something Purple, Our Journey to Life, My Planet Purple, Princess Bela, Princess Vien, cookie jar of entertainment, allinkorea, kim, idealpinkrose,
korean food, Jackie's Everyday Life, Jackie Simply Pinay, Words of Love, A Whole New World, Jcelyn's Journal, Tasteful Voyage, A Mom's note, There's no place like home, A Family Man, Everything Under the Sun , Woman Under God's Grace , Ozlife, Everyday Life, Philippine Government and History,Life is Wonderful, YOUR LINK HERE

I would also like to Tag my friends like Geneve, Renegade, Marilyn,
Laura, Loannah, Jasa, Bregie, Dana, Nova.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

A short message to my dear friend

My dear special friend of mine change the layouts and also arrange this blog, i really like it. Its very cool and very neat too. Am very-very thankful of her. How I wish she could be one of my real sister co'z anytime i need a help she's always there for me . Other than my real sister and brothers she's the only one that i can ask and call for a help. And she always there for me, even though she's too far away from me. She even not refuse to help me when i need her. She is Madel a very kind and talented friend. I hope God would not change her. She is a kind of person that you can ask for help. Wish all people will also like her , very helpful to others not only me.

Mineral Wealth

Minerals, both metallic and nonmetallic, abound in our country as well. We have rich mines producing gold, copper, manganese, mercury, nickel, lead, paladium, platinum, iron, silver, and zinc. Our non metallic minerals include coal, barite, clay, diatomite, felspar, limestone, mica, silica, magnesite, sulphur, talc, adobe, marble, gravel and sand, mineral oil(petroleum), natural gas, and rock asphalt.

The Philippines is among those with the riches gold mines in Southeast Asia. The Mountain Province, Masbate, and Mindanao are the leading sources of gold in the country. The best known copper-producing areas in the archipelago are Cebu, the Mountain Province, Albay, Negros, Samar and Zambales. Rich iron ore deposites are also found in Bulacan, Camarines Norte, Marinduque, and Samar. Chromite, Manganese, lead and zinc abound in the provinces of Zambales. Masbate, Ilocos Norte, Pangasinan and Antique. Surigao del Norte has one of the world's richest nickel deposits, while Zambales is the site of the world's biggest deposit of high-quality chromite.

The Philippines is still to produce enough petrochemical oil- or petroleum-- to meet its needs, but it can. The provinces believed by mining engineers to contain oil in commercial quantities are Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Masbate, Leyte, Samar, Cagayan and the coastal areas of Mindanao and Sulu archipelago. Coal, an important mineral for fuel abounds in Mindoro Masbate, Cebu, Sorsogon, and some parts of Mindanao.

Natural asphalt, extensively used in road-building, abounds in Leyte, Asbestos exists in Ilocos Norte and Zambales, although this mineral has been abandoned because it has been found to cause cancer. Laguna, Rizal, Camarines Sur, and Pampanga abound in stone, gravel and sand, clay and cement. There are rich marble deposits in Mindoro, Romblon, and Palawan. Sulphur deposits exists in Camiguin Island, Cagayan, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Davao, and Mountain Province.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Marine Wealth

Our springs and streams supply drinking water and water to irrigate our fields, furnish power, and transport boats and barge carrying passengers and freight.

Our country is a fisherman's paradise. Lakes, rivers, and the seas surrounding the islands of our archipelago teem with more than 2,000 specie of fish. Because of this, a great many Filipinos fish for their livelihood. Among the fish commercially bought and sold in our markets are the following: bangus(milk fish), dalag (murrel) dilis, hito(catfish), kanduli, tulingan, banak, tamban, talakitok(skipjack), dalagang bukid, bisugo, galunggong, tanguige (mackerel), and lapulapu (grouper). The riches fishing areas in the country include Estancia, in Iloilo, the waters off Northern Palawan and off the Bicol Peninsula, Laguna de Bya, and Samar.

Other marine products that abound in the Philippine archipelago and are of great commercial value are pearls, edible birds, seaweeds, crabs, shrimps, and turtle eggs. Rear and expensive pearls are found in the waters off Palawan and the Sulu archipelago.

There are abundant seaweeds resources around our extensive coral reefs. Some seaweeds are used for valuable food and are a high-earning export product.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Riches Natural Resources of the Philippines

Forests constitute one of the richest natural resources of the Philippines.More than half of the country is covered with forest.

Nipa palm and mangrove trees grow in many of our coastal areas. Tropical rain forests grow in both the lowland and the upland. Many of the trees that grow there have a high value in the world market. Our forests yield lots of timber and other forest products such as dye woods, rattan, bamboo, cutch, resin, gutta-percha, and valuable gums and fibers. However, due to the illegal denuding of large areas of our forests, the continued production of these forest items is seriously threatened.

Of the 3,000 species of trees in Philippine forests, the following are in the greatest demand in construction jobs: apitong, guijo, white and red lauan, ipil, tangile,tindalo, yakal, narra, and the world-famous ''Philippine mahogany''--molave.

Monday, April 21, 2008


The Philippines is a rich agricultural country because it has fertile soil and a pleasant climate.

The country 's chief agricultural products are rice, corn, coconut, hemp(abaka), cane sugar, copra, tobacco, banana, and sweet potato (camote).

Rice is the staple food of most Filipinos. The greatest rice-producing region in the country is the Central Luzon Plain.

Corn is the second-ranking grain crop in the country , and is the staple food of the Cebuano's. The leading corn-producing provinces in the country are Cebu and Cotabato. The third most important Philippine crop is coconut. Laguna, Quezon, and Samar are our leading coconut-producing provinces.

Among the countries of the world, the Philippines is one of the leaders in the production of coconut, hemp, cane sugar, and tobacco. The cultivation of wheat, grapes, and other products of the temperate zone has been successfully started in the country, particularly in Baguio, La Union, Ilocos Sur, and in the case of grapes, Cebu.

Because of the country's extensive fertile land, farming is the most important source of livelihood of the Filipinos.

Livestock raising is another important industry in the country. Almost every family in our rural areas raises cattle, poultry, and hogs.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Plant Resources

More than 10,000 species of flowering plants and ferns grow in the Philippines. Among the most famous of our flower-bearing plants are the sampaguita, cadena de amor, jasmin, calachuchi, (frangipani), gumamela (hibiscus), ilang-ilang, rose, and aurora. About 1,000 species of orchids bloom in the Philippines, many of them exquisitely beautiful and not to be found anywhere else in the world. The most famous of Philippine orchids is the waling-waling (Vanda sanderana), discovered in Davao by a German collector.

Numerous kinds of fruit-bearing trees, vegetables, and medicinal plants thrive in the archipelago as well.The best-like Philippine fruits are lansones, mangoes, duhat, durian, santol, atis (sweetsop), caimito or star apple guava, papaya, and tamarind.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Animal Resources

The animals in the Philippines came from the heartland of Southeast Asia, originally migrating by way of the prehistoric land bridges which formerly joined the archipelago to the Asian continent. In the country are found more than 60 species of bats, 3 species of deer, 5 species of monkeys, and various species of horses, carabaos, dogs, cats, pigs, squirrels, and goats.

Three unique animals exist in the Philippines:

(1) the tarsier, said to be the smallest monkey in the world and found only in the island of Bohol;
(2) the pilanduk, ( mouse deer), reputed as the smallest deer on earth and found only in Balabac Island, off Palawan; and
(3) the tamarau, a cross between the carabao and the deer and found only in Mindoro.

The Philippines has over 2,000 species of fish. The two smallest freshwater fish in the world are both found in Luzon: the nine-millimetre Pandaka pygmaea, found in the Malabon River above Manila Bay, and the sinarapan or tabios, a freshwater fish measuring only three or four millimetres long and found only in Lake Buhi in Camarines Sur. The world's largest fish-the harmless but frightful-looking whalesshark-is also found in the Philippines seas.

Aside from fish, varieties of turtles, chambered nautiluses, snails, crabs, shells, sponges, shrimps, and edible seaweeds are found in the seas of the Philippines. Of the 10,000 species shells found in the Philippine seas, the Gloria Maris cone and the golden cowrie are treasured as the rarest and most expensive in the world. Both the largest and the smallest shells in the world-the Tridacna gigas and the pisidium-are likewise found in the Philippine seas.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


The country is near the equator and this gives it a tropical climate characterized by relatively high temperatures, high humidity, and abundant rainfalls. The Philippine climate is one is the most helpful in the world, similar in some ways to the climates of the countries in Central America.

The climate of the western and more populated half of the Philippines has three distinct seasons:

(1) the rainy seasons, which extend from June to November;
(2) the cool, dry season from December to February; and
(3) the hot, dry season from March to May.
May is normally the warmest month, while January is the coldest. During the months of January and February, the days are mild and cool with refreshingly chilly evenings. This seasons fall in other months in the eastern half of the country.

There is plenty of sunshine all year round in the Philippines. The distribution of rainfall is affected by the wind system and the topography of each region. The country is occasionally lashed by many a severe typhoon-from the Chinese word tai-fung, great wind'-mostly coming from the Pacific.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

River System

The main river systems in Luzon are the following: (1) the Rio Grande de Cagayan, which drains the Cagayan Valley; (2) the Agno River, which drains the rivers in Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, and Tarlac; (3) the Abra River, which receives its tributaries from the Cordillera and drains Lepanto, Bontoc, and Abra; and (4) the Pampanga River, which drains the rich valleys of Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Bulacan.

The largest river system in the Philippines is Rio Grande de Mindanao. It is fed by the waters of two large lakes and drains the central Mindanao basin. Another principal river in Mindanao is the Agusan, which drains the Surigao basin.

Other famous Philippine rivers are the Pasig River which runs through Manila, the Jaland and Panay Rivers in Panay, and the underground river found in Palawan.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mountain Systems

There are three large mountain ranges in Luzon-the Caraballo del Sur, the Sierra Madre,and the Caraballo de Baler.The Caraballo del Sur extends from north to south and consist of the Central Cordillera and the Northern Cordilera. Its highest peak is at the intersection of the boundaries of Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Cagayan.

The principal mountain ranges in Mindanao are the following: (1) the Diwata Mountains, which run along the eastern coast of the island; (2) the Central Range, which extends through the length of Mindanao following the western boundary of the Agusans and the Davaos; and (3) the mountain ranges which form the backbone of Zamboanga peninsula and Misamis Occidental.

The highest peak in the Philippines is Mount Apo, in Davao del Sur, 2,954 metres high. The second highest is Mount Pulog, in Other notable Philippine mountain peaks are Makiling, Banahaw, and San Cristobal-all in Laguna-Arayat in Pampanga, Mayon in Albay, Baco in Mindoro Occidental,Matalingajan in Palawan, and Makaturing in Lanao del Sur.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Volcanoes abound in the Philippines, a few of them active. The most well-known volcanoes in the country are Mayon in Albay, Iraya in Batanes Islands, Taal in Batanggas, Banahaw in Quezon, Apo in Davao del Sur, Makaturing in Lanao del Sur, Hibok-Hibok in Camiguin Island, Isarog in Camarines Sur, and Bulusan in Sorsogan. Of these, Mayon is the most active and the most famous, with is nearly perfect cone rising enriches above the surrounding landscape that it enriches with its occasional eruptions.

Of the many scenic waterfalls in the country, the best known are Pagsanjan Falls and Botocan Falls in Laguna, Hinulugang Taktak in Rizal, Tamaraw Falls in Oriental Mindoro, and Maria Cristina Falls-the tallest and most beautiful of them all-in Lanao del Norte.

Mineral springs are plentiful in the Philippines too. Best known among these are Tiwi Hot Spring in Albay; Los BaƱos,Pansol, and Bumbungan HotSprings in Laguna; the Pandi and Sibul Hot Springs in Bulacan; and the Magsingal Springs in Ilocos Sur.

There are some 59 lakes in the country. Lake Dagatan, in Quezon is said to be the smallest of these lakes. The six largest Philippine lake are the following, in dcreasing order: Laguna de Bay(pronounce ba-i), Lake Lanao in Lanao del Sur,Lake Mainit in Surigao del Norte, Lake Naujan in Oriental Mindoro, Lake Buluan in Sultan Kudarat, and Lake Bito in Leyte. Laguna de Bay is a rich source of fish and shelfish and is Manila's source of these items. Lake Naujan abounds in ducks and edible shells as well as freshwater fish. Lake Taal is surrounding by fertile agricultural land; it is a lake at the top of an extinct volcano in the middle of the lake. Lake Mainit is said to be the crater of an extinct volcano and got its name from the many hot springs along its shores.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Alphabet Tag-Wish

« An Alphabet Tag-Wish
My April Horoscope »
Full of Image Description Tag
Joy and Bregie tagged me this(Joy ,Briggs pinag-isa ko na nahirapan kc me ). Thank you so much! So cool. Did it late but it’s better than never right?
Heres the direction:
1. Go to
2. Type in your answer to the question in the “search” box.
3. Use only the first page.
4. Insert the picture into your Blog.
1. What is your relationship Status2. What is you current mood?3. Who is your favorite band/artist?4. What is your favorite movie?5. What kind of pet do you have?6. Where do you live?7. Where do you work?8. What Do you look like?
9. What do you drive?10. What did you do last night?

11. What is your favorite TV show?12. Described yourself?13. What are you doing today?14. What is your name?

15. What is your favorite Candy?

Pass this tag to Lalique , Blogger , Gmunchkin, and Geneve.
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1. femikey Says:
April 6, 2008 at 11:29 am04

hi joy thanks for making this tag, i like gammy bears too! hehe :-) nice photo u got bagay sayo yong mole mo very attractive plus dimple pa dyan cguro inlove c mr mo :)

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

General Topography

The Philippines is a rugged land traverse by many mountain ranges, extensive but narrow coastal plains, navigable rivers, fertile valleys and deltas and beautiful lakes and waterfalls.

Most of the islands in the Philippine archipelago are characterized by irregular sea costs, fertile plains, and wooded uplands in the interiors. The two largest islands-Luzon in the North, 104,688 square kilometres (40, 420 mi2) in area, and Mindanao in the South,94,630 square kilometres(36,537 mi2)-comprise67.1 percent of the total land area of the country .The other major islands, from the largest to the smallest, are Samar, Negros, Palawan, Panay, Mindoro, Leyte, Cebu, Bohol,and Masbate. About 800 of the islands in the archipelago are inhabited, while the rest are islands, islets, or rocks too small to be populated.

The Philippines has an irregular coastline totaling 17,468.5 kilometres(10,850Statute miles) long or about twice as long as the coastline of the United States. Our coastline is considered the longest discontinuous coastline in the world. This has resulted in a great many fine harbors and landlocked straits. Located between Samar, and Leyte is what has been called '' the narrowest strait in the world'',-the San Juanico strait. Manila Bay, with a circumference of about 193.2 kilometres (120 miles) is one of the world's finest natural harbors.The fourth lowest spot in in the world is the Philippine Deep, situated off norhteastern Mindanao. It is only a little less deep than the Marianas Deep, just east of Luzon, and is about 10,539 metres (34578 feet) deep. Mount Everest, the worlds highest mountain, can easily be submerged in it, with 1.6 kilometres of space to spare.

The Philippines has four major plains. The Central Luzon Plain is the largest lowland area in the country. It is known as the rice granary of the Philippines.
The Cagayan Valley, in Northeastern Luzon, is is the leading tobacco- producing region in Asia Mindanao has two large fertile plains--the Agusan Davao plain and the Cotabato Valley. It also has two principal plateaus --the Lanao Bukidnon Plateau and the Tiruray Tableland in Maguindanao..

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Archipelago Doctrine

Article 1, Section 1, of the 1973 Philippine Constitution, provided that "the national territory [of the Philippines] comprises the Philippine archipelago with all the islands and waters embraced therein and all the other territories belonging to the Philippines by historic right or legal title, including the territorial sea, the air space, the subsoil, the seabed, the insular shelves, and the other submarine areas over which the Philippines has sovereignty or jurisdiction''.

The same provision of the Philippine Constitution added: "The waters around, between, and connecting the islands of the archipelago, irrespective of their breadth and dimensions, form part of the internal waters of the Philippines."

Article 1 of the ratified Constitution of 1987 has, more or less, the same provisions.

The Archipelagic Doctrine on territorial limits of countries further states that the baselines from which the territorial sea of the Archipelago is to be determined consist of the straight lines connecting the outermost portions of the islands.Waters within the baselines are Philippine internal waters and waters outside the baselines but within the extent of the international treaty limits, comprise the country's territorial sea.

This doctrine means, therefore, that our country, with its thousands of islands and many seas, should be considered as a political unit for reasons of history, law, geography, economics, and security. Also, when questions involving territorial conflicts arise, the Philippines has this doctrine to support its claims.

Monday, April 7, 2008


The Philippines is an archipelago of about 7,100 islands located just southeast of the Asian continent. Its total land area is 3000, 242.943 square kilometres (115,830 square miles). Compared to other small countries of the world, the Philippines is larger than Great Britain, Yugoslavia, or Ecuador; a little smaller than Spain or Poland; twice larger than Cuba or Greece; and about as large as Italy. Of about 35 countries in Asia, the Philippines is the thirteenth largest, its land area being 1.1 percent of the continent. Thailand and Japan are larger than the Philippines, but our country is larger than either of two Vietnam's, Malaysia, Cambodia, Sri-Lanka, Laos, and Singapore.

The Philippines archipelago lies between 4 degree 30' N and 21 degree 20' north latitude and between 116 degree 55' E and 126 degree 36' east longitude. It is bounded on the north and the west by the South China Sea, on east by the Pacific Ocean, and the south by the Celebes Sea and the Sulu Sea. In length, it stretches about 185.15 kilometres (1,150 miles) between the southern tip of Taiwan and the northern tip of Borneo and Indonesia. At is broadest point, it extends about 966 kilometres (600 miles) from east to west. The northernmost island in the country, Y'ami, is 104.65 kilometres (65 miles) southeast of Taiwan, while the southernmost island it, Sluag, is 48.3 kilometres(30 miles) east Borneo.